An occasional feature: today, electoral news from Trinidad & Tobago, Belgium, Ivory Coast and New Zealand
New Zealand opts for reproductive choice, raising questions about the nature of the coalition led by its progressive prime minister.
The referendum on independence leaves zero room for doubt about the wishes of the people of Bougainville. Papua New Guinea now has to come to the party.
Australia seems curiously unexcited about the likely emergence of a new nation on its doorstep.
Pro-independence forces make gains in New Caledonia, but they do not command a majority and their opponents are moving away from compromise.
Fiji goes to the polls tomorrow, still ruled by the man who uprooted its democracy 12 years ago. Australia should hang its head in shame.
New Caledonia votes against independence, but the narrowness of the margin suggests that there is plenty of life left in the issue.
A new nation in Oceania is unlikely to emerge just yet, but Sunday's vote in New Caledonia will be an important step towards deciding the territory's future.
Despite its troubled history, New Caledonia next month looks set to vote to remain French.
Election news from around the world. This week: Costa Rica, Egypt, Sierra Leone and New Caledonia.