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.
Zin Mar Aung is a women’s advocate from Myanmar who spent 11 years as a political prisoner for distributing pamphlets, letters and poems supporting the National League for Democracy (NLD).
Considered the anchor state of East Africa, Kenya plays an important role in the cultural, economic and political life of the region. At the same time, the country suffered serious and potentially destabilizing election violence during the 2007 elections—the last presidential election held in the country.
IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney traveled to Kenya for the 2013 general elections. Through this feature, he shares his experiences ahead of and on the day of the pivotal poll.
In the 10 years that Gabrielle Bardall has been involved in the field of election assistance and democracy promotion, she has worked with local activists and electoral administrators in many corners of the globe.