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On April 1, 2017, Myanmar will hold by-elections for 19 vacant seats in national and regional legislative assemblies where 95 candidates will seek votes from among 2.1 million eligible voters. The 2017 by-elections are the first electoral event following Myanmar’s historic 2015 national elections, and thus will be an important step for the Union Election Commission (UEC) to demonstrate improvements to the electoral process.
By modernizing civic and voter education methods in Liberia, IFES and the National Elections Commission are breaking historic barriers to voter participation – namely illiteracy and inadequate access to information. As the critical October elections near, IFES hopes these new approaches to civic and voter education are reflected through voter participation in this significant post-conflict milestone.
On March 16, 2017, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President & CEO Bill Sweeney presented a copy of the book First Universal Democratic Elections in Independent Georgia to Georgian Ambassador David Bakradze during a reception at the Georgian Embassy in Washington, D.C. welcoming him to his new posting.
IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights
For many voters in Myanmar, such as Thundar Myo Nyunt from IFES Myanmar, the November 8 general elections were their first opportunity to vote.
IFES Board Director Irena Hadžiabdić is a former IFES employee who serves as the first female chair of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Central Election Commission (CEC). In this video interview, she discusses her role as a pioneer and a woman leader in global election administration.
Beverly G. Hagerdon</a>, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Sri Lanka Chief of Party, has 18 years of experience working in the election field, including in the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Philippines, the Maldives, Pakistan, Jordan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, South Africa and Indonesia.