Throughout the world, women and men have different opportunities to participate in the political sphere. This is particularly true when it comes to participation as candidates and elected officials in electoral processes. There are many factors that contribute to existing gender inequalities in politics.
Burundi is one of few countries in the world to have adopted a gender quota for its legislature in an effort to promote the inclusion and participation of women in the political process. As such, it presents an informative case study on the impact a gender quota can have as a catalyst for more progressive and inclusive governance.
Following the April 5 first-round Presidential Elections, Afghans will return to the polls on June 14 to vote for their next President. This is the final round of elections for what is expected to be the country’s first democratic transition of power between heads of State.
On June 15, Georgians will go to the polls to vote for their municipal government representatives. Across the country, citizens will elect 2,088 council members to 71 local councils (called sakrebulos), 12 mayors of self-governed cities and 59 chief executives (called gamgebelis) of local self-government municipalities.
On June 8, Kosovars will go to the polls to vote for their representatives in the Assembly of Kosovo. While the parliamentary election was initially planned for later in the year, the 120-member body voted to dissolve on May 7 and snap elections were called for June 8.
Colombians will cast their ballots to elect a President and Vice President on Sunday, May 25. The National Electoral Council is responsible for the general oversight and conduct of these polls, for which there are nearly 33 million eligible voters.
A majority of Ukrainians is likely to vote in the May 25 presidential election, according to a new national survey conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) between April 29 and May 11, 2014. IFES has conducted regular public opinion surveys in Ukraine for the past two decades and has been a leading source of research on political attitudes in the country.