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Swinging voter? Man with 39 wives courted in India election

As India holds the latest round of its mammoth elections Friday, one man -- polygamist and sect leader Zionnghaka Chana -- has become the voter every local politician wants to know. With 39 wives and 127 children and grandchildren, Chana is a voter like no other in the remote northeastern state of Mizoram, and can deliver a sizeable bloc of support. "We were witnessing a rush of politicians seeking votes in the last few days," Chana told AFP from his 100-room home in the hills of Baktawng village outside the state capital Aizawl.

Factbox: India's mammoth general election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The biggest election the world has ever seen began in India on Monday in two remote backwater states, with the country looking increasingly likely to embrace a coalition led by a Hindu nationalist to jumpstart a flagging economy. Here key highlights: - Roughly 814.5 million people are registered to vote, an increase of more than 100 million since the last parliamentary election in 2009. In other words, India has added a population greater than that of the Philippines to its voter rolls in five years.

India goes to polls to elect new parliament

India's parliamentary elections began Monday, mainly pitting the ruling Congress Party against the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu nationalist party. Spanning over a month, the 16th general elections in the world's largest democracy will be conducted on nine days, with May 12 being the last voting day and the vote count taking place on May 16. With two members nominated by the president of India, a total of 543 seats in India's lower house of parliament, Lok Sabha, are up for grabs.

Factbox: India's mammoth general election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7, authorities announced on Wednesday, kicking off a race that pits Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling Congress party. Here key highlights: - Roughly 814.5 million people are registered to vote, an increase of more than 100 million since the last parliamentary election in 2009. In other words, India has added a population greater than that of the Philipines to its voter rolls in five years.

Cleveland Democrat challenges new Ohio early voting limits

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A prominent Democrat and the leader of Ohio's most populous county said on Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to counter Republican-backed measures he said would make voting harder for minorities and urban residents. Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat who hopes to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich in November, said he will introduce legislation for his county, which includes Cleveland and its suburbs.

Panel says now not the time for Internet voting; more study is needed

VICTORIA - Provincial and municipal governments should not implement Internet voting until a technical committee can study potential online systems and test security concerns, a panel formed by B.C.'s chief electoral officer recommended Wednesday. The recommendations were submitted to the legislature by the Independent Panel on Internet Voting, which stated in its report that the current risks of implementing Internet voting in the province outweigh the benefits.

Thai vote official says new general election may be needed

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A member of Thailand's Election Commission said it may prove impossible to complete this month's disrupted election and the whole vote may need to be re-run, implying many months more under a caretaker government with limited powers. Action by anti-government protesters meant voting was scrapped or halted in about a fifth of constituencies, so there will not be enough lawmakers elected to convene parliament to vote in a prime minister.

Montrealers chided for federal election hoax broadcast on comedy show

MONTREAL - Two Montrealers have been admonished by Elections Canada for taking part in a voting hoax that was documented on a popular French-language comedy show. Laura-Emmanuelle Gagne and Simon Poulin each received an extra voter information card prior to the May 2, 2011 federal election — one for their own electoral district and, erroneously, another card for a neighbouring district. On voting day, Gagne and Poulin decided to cast a ballot at two different polling stations to prove a point, with both opting to spoil their second ballot.

70 percent of voter cards distributed for Guinea polls

Guinea's election commission said on Thursday 70 percent of voter cards had been distributed and conditions required for its nationwide polls to be credible were being met. Guineans vote on Saturday in the first parliamentary elections in the troubled west African nation in over a decade, after months of delays and a campaign plagued by deadly unrest. Five million voters will choose from some 1,700 candidates vying for 114 seats in a national assembly which will replace the transitional parliament that has been running the country since military rule came to an end in 2010.

Gluskin Sheff founders selling stake worth $122M; will end dual voting shares

TORONTO - The two founders of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX:GS) are selling off a stake in their wealth management company for $122 million. Both Ira Gluskin and Gerald Sheff have reached an agreement that will reduce their controlling stake to below the 55 per cent they held less than a year ago, according to regulatory filings. The sale, to a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets (TSX:RY) and TD Securities (TSX:TD), is for 6.4 million subordinate voting shares of the company for $19 each, with a closing date of Oct. 16.
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