IFES marked its’ annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards with a gala dinner ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., on September 24. This award underscores IFES’ belief that advancing good governance and democratic rights begins with empowerment of and active participation from citizens.
Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards recognize the exceptional work of individuals who demonstrate a commitment to freedom and democracy. IFES presents the award annually to three individuals who exhibit the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award's namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt.
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. In many countries, young people have already started to step into leadership roles. IFES engages the world’s young people in a variety of activities that educate them about their rights and responsibilities. This level of involvement empowers and prepares the next generation of leaders to have a voice in the way they are governed.
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.