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.
Georgians with disabilities face significant social, physical and legislative barriers to equal participation in their country’s electoral and political processes.
In the fall of 2012, IFES collaborated with six local partners in Kosovo to launch “Participate,” a civic education campaign aimed at increasing public awareness on democratic values. This includes independent voting; the role of women, youth and minority groups in election processes; roles and responsibilities of election management bodies; and electoral complaints.
Today, Friday, March 8, IFES celebrates 2013 International Women’s Day. For over 25 years, IFES has worked to ensure all individuals, men and women, participate equally in the political process.
At the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), gender equality is seen as a crucial element of democracy, since democracy cannot exist if half the population does not have an equal say in a country's government and affairs.
On March 4, 2013, Kenyans went to the polls to vote for president, senator and assemblyperson.
It is important that Nigeriens have a voice in the way resources from their country are used. Genuine and transparent citizen participation is vital to the African nation’s economic development and security.
The peace process now unfolding in Myanmar after decades of ethnic insurgency has opened the space for civil society advocates to join the national discourse.
While elections and democratic transitions are significant to a country’s advancement, some events have the potential to make not only a regional impact, but a global impact as well.
This photo gallery takes a look at the electoral processes and transitions to watch in 2013.