More than 15 African countries held national elections in 2015 – including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Tanzania – and a similar number is set to do so in 2016, notably the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Niger, Uganda and Zambia.
On January 21, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) hosted “Women in the Military: Lessons on Leading and Women’s Expanded Role in Combat,” the fourth installment of the “Women, Peace and Security” Capitol Hill breakfast briefing series.
On November 29, citizens of Burkina Faso headed to the polls to elect their next President and Deputies who will represent them in the National Assembly. These elections were originally scheduled for October 11, 2015, but were postponed until November 29 due to a coup d’état on September 17.
On October 16, 2015, N'Gboado, a local civil society organization partnering with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), created and performed a theater play in Yopougon, a commune of Abidjan where post-election violence broke out in 2010. The play asked voters to not be manipulated and encouraged women to spread messages of peace and tolerance on Election Day.
On October 1, 2015, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted “Increasing Women and Girls’ Leadership during Political Transition,” a “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast briefing focusing on challenges and opportunities for women and girls’ political engagement after conflict.
On October 1, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted “Assessing Nigeria’s Historic 2015 Elections” on Capitol Hill, a discussion of Nigeria’s recent general elections and presentation of IFES’ post-election public opinion survey, featuring the former Cha
On October 9, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on its September 2015 Public Opinion Survey in Ukraine, which provided insight on citizens’ views on democracy, government institutions and leaders, current events, foreign policy and the upcoming loca
On October 25 and November 15, 2015, Ukraine held Local Council and mayoral elections in all territories except in and around the Russian-backed separatist-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast and Russia-occupied Crimea and Sebastopol.
On November 8, 2015, citizens of Myanmar went to the polls to vote for 1,171 representatives to Myanmar’s national Parliament and State and Region Assemblies, with some voters also electing Ethnic Affairs Ministers. The 2015 elections mark an important milestone in Myanmar’s democratic transition.
On November 8, Myanmar will hold general elections that are widely considered to be the most competitive in the country’s history. Over 90 parties and 6,000 candidates will vie for seats in the November 8 polls. This is also the first time observer missions have been accredited, with 10,000 domestic and 1,000 international observers monitoring the vote.