"I would like to spend time advocating for women's issues in Libya and work on improving their rights in our newfound democracy."– Noura Mohamed Al-Tabalgi, Office of the Prime Minister of Libya
In December 2013, Lembaga Survey Indonesia (LSI), with support from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), fielded a national survey focused on electoral process issues in Indonesia.
Colombia’s National Electoral Council has been steadily preparing for the Congressional and Andean Parliament Elections on March 9. Citizens will be electing all 269 members of Congress, comprised of the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives, and five representatives to the Andean Parliament.
On February 20, Libyans will elect 58 of the 60 members of the Constituent Assembly. Due to the Amazigh boycott of the elections, two seats – reserved for the ethnic minority – will remain uncontested and unfilled.
Amid a tense political climate, voters in Thailand will cast their ballots to elect a new House of Representatives on February 2. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for elections on December 9, 2013, after weeks of large-scale protests in Bangkok following the introduction of controversial political amnesty legislation.
Salvadorans head to the polls on February 2 as well. Under a new electoral code approved by Congress in July 2013, the Latin American nation will also implement OCV for the first time. Additionally, all voters will be able to cast their ballots from home. In the last election, only 60 percent of the country was able to do so.
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On February 2, Costa Rica will hold national elections to elect a new President. Citizens will also cast ballots for two new Vice Presidents and all 57 members of the Legislative Assembly. For the first time, out-of-country voting (OCV) will be possible in 42 countries for the 12,654 citizens registered abroad.
On January 8, 2014, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) elected all nine members of the Tunisian Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) Board of Commissioners, after several months of discussions and repeated setbacks – allowing for the organization of the next legislative and presidential elections.
On January 14-15, 2014, Egypt will hold a constitutional referendum marking the first major step in the nation’s most recent political roadmap outlined by interim President Adly Mansour following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi from power in July 2013.
Technology offers new mechanisms for conducting traditionally manual processes, and elections are no exception. A growing number of countries at various stages of development are considering electronic technologies in electoral processes. With this new technology come benefits and challenges.