By “Agate” President Karine Grigoryan and “Agate” Project Officer Gayane Grigoryan
To achieve more collaboration and participation between citizens and the government, Guatemala has committed to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and use technology to strengthen governance through the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
On May 6, 2018, Tunisia will democratically elect 350 municipal councils for the first time. This landmark election will set the country’s decentralization into motion. In this context, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) worked toward building the capacity of local journalists in covering the forthcoming elections in an impartial, balanced and equitable manner.
The upcoming May 6 municipal elections in Tunisia will mark the first time citizens will democratically elect their local leaders and will launch the decentralization process in the country. Following the post-revolution 2011 Constituent Assembly elections and the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections, voters have become increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of the transition.
During the August 2017 elections, we did things differently. In addition to traditional voter education, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' “Kenya Electoral Assistance Program” (KEAP) used creative ways to educate the public ahead of the general elections.
Over the last several years, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has empowered Syrian women, youth, and marginalized groups to be part of a meaningful discourse over their country’s future.
As key election stakeholders, journalists have an important role to play in facilitating political discourse, fostering transparency and information-sharing, and serving as an effective forum for public debate, all of which strengthens the democratic process.
In order to achieve effective and professional election management, election administrators’ capacity must be continually prioritized and developed.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5), “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls Everywhere,” has identified the need to ensure women’s full and effective political participation, as well as equal opportunity for leadership at all levels of public life.