Ethiopia is a federation with nine regional states that can choose their official language and have limited powers over taxation, education, health and land administration. On November 20, residents of the Sidama Zone will vote to decide whether it will be transformed into a regional state.
Sample ballot paper and constituency map for Nepal's by-elections to be held on November 30, 2019.
Map courtesy of United States Agency for International Development Nepal.
Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Voter Registration Expert Steven Canham and Electoral Technical Assistance Expert Nermin Nisic conducted an assessment of voter registration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This assessment included an evaluation of current practices and challenges in compiling and managing the voter registry.
Social media has transformed politics, opening space for dialogue and creating new pathways for citizen involvement and education. Political engagement has also been plagued by the misuse and abuse of new information communication technologies (ICTs).
Voter education posters used in Indonesia's concurrent presidential and legislative elections held on April 17, 2019.
More than half the world’s population is under 30, yet young people remain underrepresented in government and decision-making processes. There is a growing consensus among practitioners and scholars that politically and civically engaged youth are integral to a country’s economic and democratic health.
On May 6, 2018, Tunisia held the first municipal elections since the 2011 popular uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a critical step in the country’s democratic transition and implementation of the system of decentralization enshrined in the 2014 Constitution.
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.
Limiting candidates’ campaign spending can play a major role in making elections more inclusive. The cost of campaigning is often a major deterrent to the political participation of women and marginalized groups with limited access to economic resources. While Nepal’s election law includes campaign spending limits, the public perception is that they are neither followed nor enforced.
This report details findings from an Abuse of State Resources Assessment conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).