IFES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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On October 15, the Kyrgyz Republic will hold presidential elections. The election will take place in the context of legal changes introduced by the 2016 constitutional referendum and the 2017 amendments to the Constitutional Law on presidential and parliamentary elections.

On October 15, Macedonians will vote for mayors and municipal councilors in the country’s 80 municipalities and the City of Skopje. If needed, second-round elections will be held on October 29, 2017.

Kosovo will hold elections on October 22, to elect municipal mayors and municipal assembly deputies in all 38 districts. Run-off elections will be held on November 19 in municipalities where no mayoral candidate obtains 50 percent plus one of all votes in the first round. For municipal assembly elections, voting is done through an open list proportional representation system in which voters select a political party and a candidate. Parties are then allocated seats in proportion to their share of votes.

IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights

Since 1995, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has conducted a range of assistance activities to support the development of democratic elections and political processes in Georgia. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has been a critical partner in IFES’ work in Georgia. In this Q&A, CEC Chair Tamar Zhvania discusses IFES’ work with the Georgian election management body and efforts to ensure electoral access for persons with disabilities and promote gender equality.

In this Q&A, IFES Indonesia Program Manager Erni Andriani, who has worked with AGENDA since it was founded in 2011, discusses how AGENDA cooperates with other stakeholders to ensure the right of persons with disabilities, AGENDA’s biggest achievements, and some of the biggest challenges to disability rights in Southeast Asia.

Disability Rights Advocate and 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award Recipient featured image

As Myanmar prepared for its historic 2015 general elections, IFES spoke with Nay Lin Soe, the articulate founder and CEO of the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI), to discuss the barriers encountered by persons with disabilities, the remarkable advances that have been achieved for persons with disabilities in Myanmar in the last five years, and MILI’s work in the lead up to Myanmar’s historic 2015 elections.