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In a new publication, IFES outlines strategies for election management bodies to strengthen their technology and procedures to resist vulnerabilities, by following what we have termed a Holistic Exposure and Adaptation Testing (HEAT) process. While no electoral process or technology is infallible, the HEAT process aims to secure automated or digitalized electoral processes – as far as possible – against unanticipated threats, illicit incursions, system failures, or unfounded legal challenges.

Observers with disabilities in Malaysia pose together at the end of their training. Source: AGENDA

According to the World Health Organization, one out of every seven people in the world has a disability, yet citizens with disabilities remain underrepresented in political life as voters, election observers, candidates and election officials. To ensure election observations account for the various barriers that women and men with disabilities encounter, IFES, along with disabled person’s organization partners around the world, has developed an Election Access Observation Toolkit.

On October 20, the Afghan people will go to polls for parliamentary elections, organized by the Independent Election Commission. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Afghanistan: 2018 National Parliamentary (Wolesi Jirga) Elections.

Elections by the Numbers

Brazil number of registered voters: 147 million

On October 7, Brazil held presidential, legislative, and local elections. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was banned from running in the presidential election, and candidates also competed in races for state and federal district governors, state deputies, and seats in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Brazil: 2018 General Elections.

Bosnia and Herzegovina number of registered voters: 3.4 million

On October 7, Bosnia and Herzegovina held presidential, parliamentary, entity and cantonal elections. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2018 General Elections

On September 30, a referendum asked Macedonian citizens if they are in favor of European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization membership by accepting an agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Macedonia: 2018 Referendum.