Election management bodies around the world consider new technologies when developing electoral processes. These technologies range from basic items to more sophisticated data processing tools, such as optical scanning and biometric identification.
IFES works to promote integrity and transparency throughout the voting process. Building the public’s trust in the election process is of the utmost importance to election management bodies around the world, and should be a fundamental responsibility of government at all levels.
In May 2013, 150 citizens gathered on the steps of the Parliament of Georgia. This number, 150, represented each seat in Parliament, and served as part of a symbolic demonstration to illustrate society’s desire for a legislative body that is more representative of the population it serves. Currently, the Parliament of Georgia has only 17 women.
The May 13, 2013, midterm elections in the Philippines were significant, as they marked the second time Filipinos participated in nationwide automated elections. Many believe these midterm polls will forecast what the 2016 general elections will look like.
Pakistan held elections on May 11, 2013. This was the first time in the country’s history that one elected government completed its full term and handed power to another civilian government. Despite incidents of violence ahead of and on Election Day, the overall mood in the country was very positive. At 60 percent, turnout was higher than in previous elections.
Throughout the electoral and political process, media can shed light on candidates and political parties; educate voters on key procedures; and inform the public of electoral developments. Media plays an influential role in elections and is crucial for the development of democracy.
The Philippines is holding midterm elections on May 13, 2013. The polls are significant as they will be the second time the Philippines uses a nationwide automated election system and the midterm elections are largely considered to provide insight into the upcoming 2016 general elections.
The Philippine Election Commission (COMELEC) recently finished final testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scanners (PCOS) – a week before local and national elections on May 13. This exercise was conducted by almost 78,000 sets of polling officials nationwide.Testing and sealing is an important step before PCOS machines can be determined ready for use on Election Day.
On April 27, 2013, Georgia held by-elections in the districts of Nadzaladevi, Baghdati and Samtredia to fill three majoritarian seats. These seats opened following political appointments made after the October 2012 parliamentary elections. Eleven candidates in Nadzaladevi, eight in Baghdati and five in Samtredia registered as participants for the by-elections.
On Election Day, every vote counts. Confidentiality and security are critical, but elections can be vulnerable to security threats against participants, infrastructure, information and materials.To ensure the integrity of the electoral process, various security measures should be instituted during all phases of an election.