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.
On September 29, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) celebrated its sixth annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards with a gala dinner and ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.
Guatemalans went to the polls on September 6 for general elections, voting for President and Vice President, Representatives to the Guatemalan Congress and the Central American Parliament, and Mayors and Local Council Representatives.
Nigeria’s 2015 general elections were widely watched by observers, with significant implications for the democratic future of the country. Despite security concerns stemming from Boko Haram, election observation missions applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its impartiality and professionalism and Nigerians for their enthusiastic participation.
From February 10-12, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) conducted a Women’s Leadership Training in the Maldives for 28 female representatives from each of the country’s four main political parties; gender focal points at various government offices; and female managers from government bodies as well as the private sector
In January 2015, the third Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections was successfully hosted by the General Election Commission of Indonesia (KPU), the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), and the General Election Network on Disability Access (AGENDA), a Southeast Asian coalition of disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), election monitoring groups, and the International Foundatio
Originally slated for October 14, 2014, Liberia's special senatorial elections were moved to December 20 due to the Ebola outbreak. Amid this public health crisis, Liberians headed to the polls to elect half of the country's 30-member Senate.
On November 23, 2014, Tunisians went to the polls for the first direct election of a President in the country’s history. During this historic day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) visited polling stations and witnessed the professional, efficient conduct of the election.