Many countries around the world have a large diaspora that wants to be included in the electoral process of their country of origin. Out-of-country voting (OCV) is an option every democracy should consider when trying to maximize citizen participation in the electoral process.
On May 23-24, Egyptians will cast their ballots in the first presidential election since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. The world will watch how this election is administered, as the country prepares to move from military leadership to civilian leadership.
On May 6, voters in Armenia will elect 131 representatives to the country's National Assembly. As the ruling coalition led by President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican Party vies to maintain control, significant challenges are expected from opposition groups.
On May 6, Serbian citizens will cast their vote for the next president. Due to President Tadić’s voluntary resignation on April 5, 10 months ahead of the expiration of his term, the presidential election will now take place on the same day as scheduled parliamentary, provincial and local elections.
Elections provide an opportunity for peaceful competition between political ideas and an arena for social debate. Maintaining this opportunity requires attention to the entire election process and electoral cycle, not just Election Day.
What were the results of the first round of the presidential election on February 26?
On Tuesday, March 6, two days before the official deadline, the Constitutional Council of Senegal announced the final results of the first round of the presidential election. The candidates who obtained the most votes were as follows:
Now that Yemen's former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi has been officially voted in as president of the republic, what are the next steps in Yemen's transition?
In Tunisia, the difficulties the Independent Higher Authority of the Election, known by its French acronym ISIE, and other stakeholders experienced in enforcing campaign finance regulations were aggravated by both a lack of expertise and the shortcomings of the Decree law No 35 on elections to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).
Senegal’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled for February 26, will test the independence of the country’s electoral management bodies and its judiciary. As a model of democracy for other countries in West Africa, Senegal will be closely watched during its presidential election this Sunday.
After President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative formalizing his intent to step down, Yemen scheduled early presidential elections for February 21.