Pakistan’s May 11, 2013, general elections were historic, marking the first transfer of power between two democratically-elected civilian governments after completion of a full term.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, recipient of IFES’ 2011 Joe C. Baxter Award, has devoted her career to transparency issues around the world.
Following the adoption of a new constitution that expanded citizen’s rights before the law, Kenya held general elections on March 4, 2013. Six polls were held simultaneously and three new technologies were implemented – biometric voter registration, electronic voter identification and a results transmission system.
How was the mood on Election Day?
David Jandura, Program Associate at Creative Associates International, spent over three years in IFES’ Applied Research Center working on ElectionGuide.org, and assisted in public opinion research and program monitoring and evaluation.
Pakistan held general elections on May 11, 2013, marking the first time in the nation's history that a civilian government has carried out the full length of its term and handed power to another civilian government. A number of improvements were made ahead of the election to ensure a more credible and transparent poll.
On April 20, 2013, Iraqi citizens went to the polls to elect representatives to replace the governorate councils elected in 2009. The elections were originally to be held in 14 of the country’s 18 provinces, excluding Kirkuk and the three provinces making up the autonomous region of Kurdistan (Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Dahuk).
Lewis Madanick, Program Manager at Open World Leadership Center, has watched Eastern Europe’s rocky to transition to democracy. A child of the Cold War and a student of Russian/Soviet history, he has a deep interest in global politics and the role of the individual in democracy.
Elections and Conflict Specialist Lisa Kammerud, currently working as a consultant, discovered election assistance through a research and communications internship at IFES in 2001. The experience sparked her interest in elections, though she was pursuing an MA in conflict prevention and resolution work at the time.
Dr. María Eugenia Villagrán De León, President of the Supreme Elections Tribunal of Guatemala (TSE), has a history of transcending gender barriers and achieving great success. To her, ensuring that women have equal opportunities and are living in a safe country where they have political rights is a personal cause.