US: Approximately thirty nations will choose their president and twenty more their parliament. Given that half of the world’s population lives in nations where elections will take place, this year will be one of the busiest election years in recent memory. Observers alert people to the possibility of misinformation and process manipulation in certain locations when artificial intelligence is used.
Here’s a recap of some of the most highly anticipated contests:
A rematch between Trump and Biden?
On November 5, Americans will elect their next president in a battle that could see boisterous ex-President Donald Trump retake the White House while facing 91 criminal charges. Polls suggest that a majority of voters believe Joe Biden, the gaffe-prone Democratic incumbent, is too elderly to be commander-in-chief, but he is almost unopposed inside his party for the Democratic candidacy.
Disinformation appears to be a staple of the campaign, a carryover from the previous foul-tempered race, which culminated with Trump supporters storming the US Capitol to try to prevent the certification of Biden’s victory. Trump has emerged as the clear front-runner among Republican candidates since the start of the nomination process, recently winning a landslide in Iowa.
Six more years of Putin?
Russian President Vladimir Putin, riding high on his claim to have the upper hand in the Ukraine conflict two years after Moscow’s invasion, is hoping to extend his 24-year rule for another six years in March elections. Putin is seeking for a fifth term, putting him in power until 2030. In 2020, Putin altered the constitution to allow him to conceivably remain in power until 2036, potentially extending his rule longer than Joseph Stalin. With the war in Ukraine being utilized to imprison or silence dissenters and opponents, there are few obstacles in his way. – US His longtime adversary, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, is serving a 19-year prison sentence.
The world’s most populous country, India, will hold elections in April and May that will see nearly one billion people cast ballots in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s bid for a third term. The prime minister is the overwhelming favorite going into the vote, as his supporters believe he has improved his nation’s reputation abroad.
Battle for Europe
In June, the world’s largest transnational election will involve over 400 million eligible voters participating in the European Parliament election. The upcoming vote will serve as a test for the strength of right-wing populists. Their momentum has been fueled by Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam, anti-EU PVV Freedom Party’s triumph in the Dutch elections last November and Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy securing victory last year. However, there is reassurance for Brussels from Poland, as former European Council president Donald Tusk has reclaimed power with a staunchly pro-EU stance.
Mexico’s first woman president?
In Mexico, a former leftist mayor of the capital and a businesswoman with Indigenous roots are competing to create history in June by aiming to become the first female president in a country with a tradition of machismo. The election is perceived as a duel between Claudia Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City and candidate for outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Morena party, and Xochitl Galvez, who is representing the opposition coalition, the Broad Front for Mexico.