IFES conducted a survey of voting-age adults in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through face-to-face interviews in the fall of 2012. The survey was designed to evaluate civic and voter education activities implemented in Kinshasa, Bas Congo, Nord Kivu and Province Orientale, as part of the IFES Voter Opinion and Involvement through Civic Education Plus (VOICE+) Project.
Money in politics, or political finance, is linked to key aspects of any modern society. Management of political finance is necessary for credible and genuine elections and electoral campaigns because it has the potential to skew competition between contestants. Proper management ensures the country is governed effectively; however, corruption can easily damage good governance.
Hugo Chávez ruled Venezuela for 14 years, re-structuring the country’s government and setting the nation in a new direction. With his death in early March after years of battling cancer, will Venezuela continue to adhere to Chavismo or is the population ready to move away from leftist, anti-American rule? And how is the political opposition viewed by the public?
In 1998, Indonesia – one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries – transitioned into its second democratic period after 31 years under a dictatorship. Suharto’s fall unleashed long-simmering ethnic tensions that killed at least 10,000 people between 1997 and 2002.
Ecuador is holding presidential and legislative elections on February 17. It is believed that incumbent President Rafael Correa, whose left-center administration is aligned with other leftist governments in Latin America, will once again receive the majority of votes.
Armenia is holding its presidential election on February 18, 2013. Republican Party-nominated incumbent Serzh Sargsyan is the heavy favorite to win the election and secure a second, five-year term in office.
The January 23 Chamber of Deputies elections in Jordan will be the first parliamentary elections administered under the authority of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which was established in 2012.
Ghana’s December 7 elections will be the first since the country’s 2012 biometric voter registration initiative, which produced new voter ID cards and generated a voter list of over 14 million. Voters will select members of parliament – including seats for 45 new constituencies – and will vote to replace or re-elect President John Dramani Mahama.
Following Guatemala’s 2011 elections, IFES conducted focus groups with persons with disabilities, in-depth interviews with leaders of disabled persons organizations and a small-scale survey of electoral authorities to learn about the experience of persons with disabilities in the elections process.