Southeast Asia is home to an estimated 90 million persons with disabilities, 15 percent of the region’s total population. They face many barriers in their daily lives. None more so than when it comes to exercising their most fundamental right as citizens. All too often, persons with disabilities are not included in the political lives of their country on an equal basis with others.
Georgians head to the polls on October 27 - the sixth presidential election since the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The past year saw a reversal in the Georgian political dynamic, with the Georgian Dream winning big in the October 2012 parliamentary elections and the April 2013 by-elections at the expense of the formerly-ruling United National Movement.
Egypt has been undergoing a tumultuous, uncertain democratic transition for more than two years. Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egyptians organized and participated in mass protests to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
In August 2012, IFES Senior Political Finance Adviser Magnus Ohman performed an analysis of the regulatory framework governing campaign finance in Ukraine. His report assesses the compliance of Ukrainian laws with international standards and makes recommendations for improvement.
Ukraine’s current Presidential Election Law was adopted in 1999 and has been amended a number of times since then, most significantly in 2004 and 2009. Since then, it has been criticized by international organizations and domestic experts.
Money and politics have gone hand-in-hand since the earliest days of democracy, and the implications of their relationship are wide. Financing parties and candidates directly impacts the ability of political contestants to campaign and create a connection with voters. It is critical this link remain uncorrupted, and that trust, transparency and accountability are preserved.
The Iraqi Kurdistan Region Parliament elections on September 21, 2013, will see residents of this region elect representatives to replace the members of parliament elected in 2009. The Iraqi Kurdistan Region Parliament is the governing body of Iraqi Kurdistan.
It is critical that women have a voice in the decision making process while nations transition to peace – this has been mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. When the needs of both men and women are heard, the resulting systems created for the transitional country will be more sustainable.
On September 24, Guineans head to the polls to elect a new National Assembly. Previously scheduled for June 2007, this legislative election was postponed due to delays caused by a general strike and difficulties in establishing the Independent National Electoral Commission.
A guiding principle of democracy is social and political inclusion. However, the full participation of women in public life is an ongoing issue in many countries, and Honduras is no exception, despite progress made in recent years.