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AFP: Low turnout in round two of Bahrain vote

AFP: Low turnout in round two of Bahrain vote | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI — Voters turned out in low numbers for a second round of by-elections in Bahrain on Saturday boycotted by the Gulf state's Shiite opposition, witnesses said.
The elections were held to replace 18 MPs of the main Shiite opposition formation Al-Wefaq, who resigned in February shortly after Shiite-led protests sparked a deadly response from authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Four deputies were elected on September 24 in the absence of any competitors, and five seats were allocated. In nine districts, "no candidate received 50 percent of the vote", necessitating the second round.
Witnesses said less than a dozen voters in 20 minutes turned up on Saturday at the largest polling station in Sehla, while a sole voter cast his ballot over the same period in the Shiite village of Sanabes.

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Bi-Elections in Bahrain are BOGUS!

Bi-Elections in Bahrain are BOGUS! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Caught here in photgraphic evidence is clear voter fraud and election manipulation by the illegal Khalifa regime.  The green-booklet in the woman's hand is her Saudi Passport.  No Saudi citizens should be voting in the Bahrain elections!  All part of the Khalifa attempts to change the national demographics by importing peoples from all over the Middle East and giving them citizenship and free housing in exchange for votes!  The Al-Khalifa regime is criminal and illegal, their elections are bogus, and their immigration policies are fraudulent.  

Down, Down Khalifas!      Down, Down, Khalifas!      Down, Down, Khalifas!

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BYSHR Report: by-elections in Bahrain (figures and statistics)

BYSHR Report: by-elections in Bahrain (figures and statistics) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) monitored the by-elections that took place in Bahrain on 24th September 2011.

 

Bahrain Election analysis:  turnouts and %'s......

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Arrests and injuries reported in Bahrain on election day - CNN.com

Arrests and injuries reported in Bahrain on election day - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Polls closed Saturday night in a parliamentary election in Bahrain, a day marked by more arrests and clashes between authorities and protesters.

...Around the time the last ballots were cast, at 8 p.m., police said 22 people had been arrested so far. Protests were still ongoing at that time, the witness said.

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Bahrain Protesters and Police Clash During Election

Bahrain Protesters and Police Clash During Election | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Police and hundreds of protesters clashed during parliamentary elections, which the opposition boycotted.

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Mr. Maskati added that turnout for the election was minimal as a result of the boycott and that the authorities had prevented television crews from shooting inside polling stations to avoid showing the low participation.

Government accounts of the voting said the opposite, that participation was high and that the day was further evidence of the country’s return to normalcy.

[Al-Khalifa = Liar, Propagandist, muderer]

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Bahrain election: 9/24/11

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Shia citizens loyal to opposition party Al-Wefaq in Bahrain are boycotting the ballot boxes and have called instead for more anti-government demonstrations.

They say Saturday's parliamentary elections are "fake democracy in action".

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فيلم توثيقي: التجنيس السياسي وأكذوبة 98.4 نعم للميثاق - ج2

فيلم توثيقي: التجنيس السياسي لقبيلة الدواسر في السعودية والتصويت على الميثاق لرفع نسبة الموافقة تمهيداً للانقلاب الدستوري على الشعب، ثم التصويت في الانتخابات...

 

Documentary film: Bahrain naturalization and political lie - Part 2

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Woman candidate wins seat in Bahrain's lower chamber

Woman candidate wins seat in Bahrain's lower chamber | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sawsan Al Taqawi declared winner after her four opponents pulled out of race...
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BJDM Call for Postponing of Bahraini By-Election | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية

BJDM Call for Postponing of Bahraini By-Election | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Bahrain Justice and Development Movements believe the forth coming by elections in Bahrain must be postponed, as they will not legitimately represent the will of the people.

...Primarily, the Bahrain Government is trying very hard to portray the country as having ‘returned to normal’ following the state of emergency that was their response to the mass protests of February and March.

This is simply not the case. Hundreds of political prisoners still languish in jails, whilst there has been no justice for those injured and killed by Security Forces. An election cannot take place amidst this backdrop, with so many potential opposition voters having their suffrage removed.

Furthermore, the recent national dialogue did nothing to address the very serious problems that Bahrain has with its electoral process. One of the biggest stumbling blocks for democratic change is the unfair distribution of voting constituencies. Despite opposition candidates winning the more than half of the overall votes, they still always find themselves in a minority in parliament.

We believe that before an election can take place, the field must be levelled. All political prisoners must be released from prison and serious democratic reforms have to be made.

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Justice Minister sends threatening letter to prominent Shi’ite leader | Facebook

Justice Minister sends threatening letter to prominent Shi’ite leader | Facebook | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sheikh Issa Qassim, a leading Bahraini Shi’ite has received a letter from Bahrain’s Justice Ministry, telling him to ‘tone down’ his speeches.

The letter accuses Sheikh Issa of both inciting violence and dividing the country.

Nothing could be further from the truth....

Sheikh Issa has been a long time proponent of peaceful protest and dialogue, for which he has been very well known. Far from dividing people, he has urged Sunni participation in protests and has made many speeches promoting unity of people.

The letter also expresses anger at Sheikh Issa’s denunciation of the coming by-elections that are due to take place at the end of September. This seems to be the real reason for the threatening letter, as the Bahraini Government are keen to capitalize on the absence of much of the opposition in the elections.

However, these elections cannot be seen as legitimate. The election comes after eighteen opposition MP’s resigned in February 2011 in protest at the treatment of demonstrators.

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Bahrain holds vote as Shi'ite enclave protests

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"The conflict in Bahrain is between those who want freedom and democracy and those who support dictatorship, as is the case in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Syria," he said. "Our demands are for freedom and justice, and if we achieve that, it will be for the better of citizens -- Sunnis and Shia."

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Luma Khaled, "Elections in Bahrain: The Latest Ruse to Feign Democratic Change and Cover Up Continuing Repression"

Chronicling the Crisis of the Working Class...
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Bahrain forced to hold run-off elections after lack of majorities - The National

Bahrain forced to hold run-off elections after lack of majorities - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After candidates in nine constituencies failed to win an outright majority Bahrain is to hold a run-off round of special parliamentary elections in October.

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Mr Salman's Wefaq party and other Shiite blocs urged a boycott to protest crackdowns.

He claimed yesterday that the boycott was effective.

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Amid Protests, Bahrain Votes With U.S. Blessing : NPR

It's election day in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. ....

In another corner of this tiny kingdom, thousands gathered to hear Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of Wefaq. Salman called the government's reforms cosmetic and said elections alone don't make democracies. He noted that elections were routine occurrences in some of the authoritarian regimes that are now history.

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Bahrain holds vote as Shi'ite enclave protests

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Bahrain's parliament has limited powers as its bills need to pass an upper house whose members are appointed by the king. Ultimate power in the country rests with the ruling family.

 

[In other words, this election is a sham, the elected government in Bahrain is a sham, and the Ruling Family, the Al-Khalifas, are a human rights abuse!]

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Tensions Rise Ahead of Bahrain Elections

Tensions Rise Ahead of Bahrain Elections | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Opposition supporters are vowing to hold a mass demonstration in the capital, Manama...

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Mattar Mattar, one of the legislators who resigned, says the decision to replace all of the opposition parliamentarians is proof that the nation’s leaders are neglecting the grievances of the people. "They are trying to ignore us, but this plan will not succeed. They are going on the wrong track. Without opening a real dialogue and without going for real political reform it’s difficult to reach stability here," he said.

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Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Ethnic Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf

Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Ethnic Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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New political party registered in Bahrain

Al Adala wa Tanmiya (Justice and Development) is now able to engage in political activities in line with the country's rules and regulations, the ministry said.

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Bahrain opposition shuns election deadline - AlertNet

Bahrain opposition shuns election deadline - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq said it would miss Wednesday's deadline to register for by-elections for the 18 parliamentary seats it quit in protest at a government crackdown on mostly Shi'ite demonstrators this year.

"The core issue is that the legislative authority does not exist any more," Khalil al-Marzouq, a former Wefaq lawmaker, explaining why the bloc would not contest the Sept. 24 polls.

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