Politics2024 Is the year everything changes

2024 Is the year everything changes

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2024 is not just an election year. It’s perhaps the election year. This may be the most consequential election year of our lives.

Globally, more voters than ever in history will head to the polls as at least 64 countries (plus the European Union)—representing a combined population of about 49% of the people in the world—are meant to hold national elections, the results of which, for many, will prove consequential for years to come.

In Taiwan, for example, who becomes the next president will fundamentally shape Beijing’s approach to the self-governed island it has repeatedly threatened with invasion.

Here at home, after more than 14 years of Tory rule, the prospect of change has many in the electorate salivating.

Here are some of the most important elections we can expect to see in 2024. This list is now exhaustive, however, it does represent elections that will have serious geopolitical ramifications

INDIA

Population: 1.44B

Election(s): Lok Sabha (House of the People)

Date(s): expected April – May

EUROPEAN UNION

Population: 448M (total of 27 E.U. member states)

Election(s): European Parliament

Date(s): June 6-9

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Population: 341M

Election(s): Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives

Date(s): Nov. 5

INDONESIA

Population: 279M

Election(s): Presidency, Regional Representative Council, House of Representatives

Date(s): Feb. 14

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PAKISTAN

Population: 243M

Election(s): National Assembly

Date(s): Feb. 8

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Population: 144M

Election(s): Presidency

Date(s): March 15-17

MEXICO

Population: 129M

Election(s): Presidency, Senate, Chamber of Deputies

Date(s): June 2

IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)

Population: 89.5M

Election(s):  Islamic Consultative Assembly, Assembly of Experts

Date(s): March 1

UNITED KINGDOM

Population: 67.9M

Election(s): House of Commons

Date(s): expected in 2024, required by Jan. 28, 2025

SOUTH AFRICA

Population: 60.7M

Election(s): National Assembly

Date(s): expected May – August

REPUBLIC OF KOREA [SOUTH KOREA]

Population: 51.8M

Election(s): National Assembly

Date(s): April 10

UKRAINE

Population: 37.4M

Election(s): Presidency

Date(s): scheduled* March 31 (*may not occur due to martial law)

GHANA

Population: 34.4M

Election(s): Presidency, Parliament

Date(s): Dec. 7

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA [NORTH KOREA]

Population: 26.2M

Election(s): Supreme People’s Assembly

Date(s): April 10

We need strong media

Election cycles demonstrate the need for a robust news ecosystem and also an educated populous. Before we head to the polls, we have to be aware of the incentives at play and the temptation that exists for parties to spread misinformation and for news outlets to exacerbate and parrot talking points

At the best of times, the line between fact and fiction was always thin as competing parties attempted to gain the upper hand. In the age of social media, this line is all but a smudge. Rampant polarisation means warring sides are primed to believe the worst about each other. News outlets cannot be trusted to lower the political temperature and the public will have to do it by themselves.

Mike Omoniyi
Mike Omoniyi
Mike Omoniyi is the Founder and Editor In Chief of The Common Sense Network. He oversees and is responsible for the direction of the Network. Mike is an activist, singer/songwriter and keen athlete. With a degree in Politics Philosophy and Economics, MA in Political Science (Democracy and Elections) and an incoming PhD on a study of Cyber-Balkanisation, Mike is passionate about politics and the study of argumentation. He is also the Managing Director of a number of organisations including, Our God Given Mission, The BAM Project and The Apex Group.

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