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Halfway through twelve months of this year, your writer still looks forward to a lot more good news — and perhaps lots of surprises — that inspire change and push humanity forward. Keen observers keep a close eye on trends and trend-lines on issues that shape the world. One subject of interest to us at this time is how people choose their governments and leadership through elections, at least as an indicator of the state of democracy and political participation.

2024 is the biggest year in election history. Half of the world’s population (over four billion people) living in more than seventy-five countries will have a chance to cast a ballot. In India, where six hundred and forty-two million votes were cast over six weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Mondi’s party fell short of a majority. In South Africa, just last month, Nelson Mandela’s party suffered its worst defeat since taking power in the early nineties.

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