From childhood, Maria Luisa Charles was taught that you cannot judge a book by its cover. After acquiring a physical disability through polio, this expression became a personal maxim for the La Romana, Dominican Republic, native.
Angela Peltzer helps manage the United States Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking's (OCFT) grant portfolio in Asia as International Relations Officer.
Judith Lobos, a professor in political science and social research, has over 20 years of experience supporting electoral processes in Latin America. Her work has emphasized citizen participation and youth engagement. She collaborated with IFES in Honduras while supporting voter education efforts engaging youth and indigenous populations for the recent presidential elections.
Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega has served as Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since June 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, which received high praise from national and international observers.
Kathleen Cornelsen spent a summer as a legal fellow with IFES, during which time she researched laws on disability and voting. Since then, she has continued to apply her legal skills to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
One of IFES’ core goals is to empower electoral stakeholders to meet international standards for democratic elections by deterring, detecting and mitigating challenges to election integrity. The first step toward meeting this goal is identifying fraud, malpractice and systemic manipulation of the electoral process.
The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) promotes the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and U.S. foreign affairs. USICD is currently advocating for the U.S.
How was the mood on Election Day?
The mood on Election Day was generally calm, with most people going about their daily business as usual. Most polling places opened on time and voting was smooth in most areas of the country.
General elections in Honduras, held on November 24, 2013, saw a high percentage of registered voters going to the polls. Citizens voted for President; 128 deputies to the National Congress; 298 mayors and 298 vice mayors; 2,092 municipal aldermen across 298 municipalities; and 20 deputies and alternates to the Central American Parliament.
Mauritania held legislative and municipal elections on Saturday, November 23. While political tensions have been prevalent – the opposition boycotted the polls – Election Day was reported to be peaceful and orderly.