Roxana Silva, a National Electoral Council member from Ecuador, is focused on ensuring all voices are heard in the electoral process. She works with government institutions, civil society and citizens to increase transparency and access to the electoral process.
Anais Keenon, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international development from Gallaudet University, is on her way to becoming a leader in the international disability inclusion movement.
Ismail Ilsouk spent six weeks at IFES as part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s Leaders for Democracy Fellowship this summer. In this role, he examined the vibrancy of Morocco’s youth-oriented civil society organizations.
Adam LeClair, former IFES Civil Society Officer in Afghanistan, has extensive experience in youth engagement, starting from his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova from 2005 to 2007. Following his time in the Eastern European nation, he joined IFES’ team in Afghanistan to focus on programs targeting young people.
Achref Aouadi, founder of I-Watch, a youth-based nongovernmental organization that monitors campaign finance in Tunisia, knows what it is like to live under an oppressive regime.
On Sunday, July 28 Cambodians cast ballots for 123 members of the National Assembly. This race saw the merger of two major opposition parties, the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party, into the Cambodia National Rescue Party. This new, larger party was led by Sam Rainsy, a self-exiled leader who recently returned to Cambodia after receiving a Royal Pardon for various convictions.
On July 28, Malians cast ballots for their next President. This was the first nationwide poll under a new constitution adopted after a March 2012 coup d’état that overthrew then President Amadou Toumanu Touré.
This election is considered an important next step in Mali’s return to democracy.
As technology advances and more transactions become electronic, many wonder when voting will truly enter the digital age. There are many issues to consider when it comes to exercising the right to vote through a computer. This includes building trust in the process, preserving secrecy of the ballot and ensuring citizens are not coerced or intimidated when using technology to vote.
Kamissa Camara, a Regional Program Officer for West Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy, has spent most of her career working on projects that foster political development in Africa. She spent four and a half years at IFES covering the francophone countries in West Africa.
Belma Ejupovic has devoted a large part of her career to improving the electoral process in Afghanistan. As an IFES Senior Program Manager, she oversaw assistance to Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) during two sets of elections after the fall of the Taliban – the 2009 presidential and 2010 parliamentary elections.