There’s a lull today. After three weeks of campaigning everything has stopped. I’m in a car on the road to Lahore from where I’ll be reporting on the vote tomorrow. Maybe I’m too much of a political junkie but I find election days to be a magical time, filled with optimism and the feeling that … More What would Nate Silver make of it all?
We have heard a lot about the youth vote in this election. Something like 20% of voters are aged 18-25. For many, this will be the first time they have voted. That’s a heck of a lot of votes up for grabs. Imran Khan appears to have made the biggest inroads. His party is the … More Fighting for the youth vote
Not so much roses on the road as on the carpet. This bed of petals was laid out in front of the stage last Monday in Attock, where Imran Khan held a rally before some 15,000 people or so, in an area that was presumably supposed to act as a security buffer between him and … More Roses on the road 2
It starts with the music: a pumping rock song that sends power chords crashing through the audience. Then come the rose petals, great fistfuls thrown overhead, speckling the air red and sending their fragrance through the overheating crowd. Finally, flanked by armed police officers, Imran Khan bounds on to the stage… You can hear my … More Keeping up with Imran
The pic I posted yesterday is a reminder of the vast number of roses that are stripped of their petals for the election campaign. Here’s a bunch of chaps I met in Karachi in March. They’d brought their truck loaded with rose petals to greet Pervez Musharraf. They were from some sort of workers’ group … More Roses on the road 1
Quick round up of Sudan election relatedish things… Polling Day and A Complex Election – Hafiz Mohammed on how there’s simply not enough hours in the day to fill in the dastardly complex ballot papers When is an election boycott not an election boycott? When it takes place in Sudan Rigged Elections in Darfur and … More Sudan Election Stuff
Confusing and depressing news from Sudan, where the main opposition parties have withdrawn their candidates for this month’s presidential election, following the SPLM’s decision to withdraw last night. There is no doubt the elections will not be free and fair. The International Crisis Group report earlier this week made clear that the rigging had already … More What’s Going on in Sudan?