English Country: Bermuda

Which brings us to Bermuda and the refusal/unwillingness of our leaders to debate. Not only now, but historically. Read more at The Royal Gazette.

English Country: Kenya

Whatever the case, the debates are important platforms for public determination of the candidates’ understanding of issues, their grasp of policy, and ability to articulate their positions or views on important matters. Read more at Standard Digital.

English Country: Kenya

While it is true the debate may have no impact on the voting pattern, it provides Kenyans with an opportunity to interrogate the two leaders' policies, especially  on emotive issues such as land. This can be done in a conducive environment where conclusive and exhaustive responses can be sought. Read more at Standard Digital

English Country: Kenya

Both statesmen have threatened to boycott the first televised Presidential Debate under the 2010 Constitution, denying the largest number of registered voters in the history of Kenyan electioneering the chance to see them think on their feet and address the burning issues of the day. Read more at The Star.

English Country: Kenya

At the very least, they can provide voters with new information about the candidates. With the presidential race as close as it is between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, we should expect heightened sensitivities and endless speculation about the purpose of the debate and whether or not it would serve any useful purpose. Read more at Daily Nation.

English Country: United Kingdom

Previous research into ‘dual screening,’ when individuals switch between broadcast media and social media and provide commentary during media events, has suggested that this ‘viewertariat’ is typically a small but vocal minority (Anstead & O’Loughlin, 2011; Vaccari et al, 2015) . My aim here is to add to the limited empirical data on these practices by exploring the preliminary results of a study of how Northern Irish tweeters responded to the BBC Northern Ireland Leaders’ debate on 6th June. For more information, visit Election Analysis.

Spanish Country: Argentina

El proyecto jujeño, que necesitaría de la modificación del Código Electoral provincial para incorporar la figura del debate público entre candidatos (a Senador/a y Gobernador/a), de manera obligatoria, se presenta hoy como una posibilidad única y primera para institucionalizar al debate como herramienta de comunicación en tiempos de campaña electoral. Para más información, visite JuJuy Online

English Country: United Kingdom

Research for the Electoral Reform Society found 56% of voters, rising to 71% among 18-24 year-olds, regard TV debates as important in helping them decide how to cast their ballots. And almost half (46%) think all major party leaders should commit to take part, against just 23% who said there was no need for them to. For more information visit Belfast Telegraph.

English Country: South Korea

Televised debates among the five presidential candidates are becoming increasingly influential among voters, impacting opinion polls that reflect their performance the following day. The past three televised debates held April 13, 19 and 23, influenced voters as contenders competed on diverse issues. People also showed keen interest in their speech mannerisms, facial expressions and body language. All contenders experienced either ups or downs due to the debates. For more information visit The Korea Times.

English Country: Canada

Tens of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch the CBC Facebook Live of the B.C.'s leaders' debate. The broadcast was accompanied by a comment section rife with opinions, attacks, emotions — and a number of posts containing rhetoric that was curiously similar to the official platforms of the political parties. For more information vitist CBCNews