Posted on 1 May 2013 | No responses
Norman Moore, West Australian Minister for Mining and Fisheries, has declared that he would not be contesting the next election. Moore, who is from the Liberal Party, said that he would retire after having put in 35 years as a parliamentarian. Election next year is scheduled in March 2013. The term of the current Legislative Council ends on 21st May2013 the day Mr Moore also retires. According to Moore he would continue with his role as minister with the purpose of completing all his unfinished work before the next election.
Moore became a parliamentarian in 1977 and has been the longest serving at that. According to Moore another win in the next election would mean that by the conclusion of that term he would be 72 years of age. As he was wishful of other pursuits in life other than being a member of parliament he feels that this is the right time to hang in his boots. According to him though his passion for his work as Minister has not diminished he would like to move on to pursue other things which he would not be able to do otherwise. He promises that, till then he would work extremely hard and see to it that the Barnett government gets re-elected in the next election before he retired.
Posted on 24 April 2013 | No responses
According to recent election polling in Canada, Jack Layton and his rising New Democrats (NDP) are on track to increase their seats in the House of Commons by 24 in the upcoming May 2 elections.
The EKOS poll showed that 24.7% of the population intends to vote for the NDP, which is the same percentage as for the Liberal Party. The Tories are at 34.4%, while the Green Party is at 7.8%, and the Bloc at 6.5%. Based on opinion polling, if the election were to happen right now, the Conservatives would win a diminished minority as the NDP rises to power. EKOS notes that the public is not willing to give Prime Minister Stephen Harper a Conservative majority. In addition to the EKOS poll, an Ipsos Reid poll also puts the NDP ahead of the Liberals for the first time in a few decades.
Posted on 19 April 2013 | No responses
The first phase of polls for election in Assam, India passed off peacefully, with 73% voter turnout. Local authorities are more concerned about the second and final phase of polls on April 11, and they are deploying about 500 companies of additional paramilitary forces to counter the threat of violence from suspected rebels of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB.
Several violent incidents involving militant groups have taken place over the last month, and police say that they are apprehensive that violence might take place during the final phase of the Assembly poll. This is mostly due to the fact that the second phase polling will be held in the lower Assam and Bodo belt areas, along the border with Bhutan, where the Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa and the NDFB are active.