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In March 2018, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening assessed the status of electoral preparations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ahead of the presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections scheduled for December 23, 2018. The goal of the assessment was to suggest potential interventions that the United States Government and other international actors could support to achieve key benchmarks of credible electoral preparation.

On May 27, Colombia will hold an election for the next president and vice president. Reelections are no longer allowed, according to a 2015 decision by the Constitutional Court. This election will also be the first presidential election to take place since the signature of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Colombia: 2018 Presidential Election.

IFES recently concluded a two-year Technical Leadership project examining the abuse of state resources (ASR) in election campaigns. This research initiative focused on ASR (sometimes referred to as administrative resources) for the purpose of gaining an electoral advantage. The Abuse of State Resources Research and Assessment Framework: Guidelines for the Democracy and Governance Community of Practice is an abbreviated companion document to the complete Abuse of State Resources Research and Assessment Framework developed in this effort.

Elections by the Numbers

On May 12, Timor-Leste held elections for all 65 seats in the National Parliament. The last parliamentary elections were held on July 22, 2017, and, despite lengthy negotiations, no party was able to form a majority coalition. The president of the Republic of Timor-Leste dissolved the National Parliament on January 26, 2018, making a new election necessary. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Timor-Leste: 2018 Early Parliamentary Elections.

On May 12, Iraq held elections for all 329 seats in the Council of Representatives (CoR). CoR members will elect the next president from among themselves within 30 days from their first convening, and the president will then select a prime minister from the majority coalition in the CoR. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Iraq: 2018 Council of Representatives Elections.

On May 6, Tunisia held municipal elections to fill 7,212 council seats in 350 electoral constituencies, which were the first held since the 2011 popular uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Tunisia: 2018 Municipal Elections.