U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently described Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential and provincial council elections as “the single most important milestone over the next year.”
The integrity of an election is dependent on a range of factors, including the quality and credibility of the election administration. However, decisions made long before Election Day can also have a huge impact on the outcome of the vote. A salient example is the process of drawing boundaries for electoral units (e.g., districts, states and precincts).
The unrest that followed eight months of armed struggle to remove former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi remains pronounced more than two years since the regime’s fall.
Upholding the right of the individual to participate freely in the political process will be critical in this year of elections and political change. The power of an individual’s voice can only be fully realized through a transparent, inclusive and efficient process.
In partnership with the Tunisia Court of Accounts, IFES recently trained 20 junior judges – some of whom will control the funding of future elections – on political finance. The three-day interactive training took place in Tunis, from November 27 to December 2, tackling political finance and its management.
Lemargie has over a decade of experience supporting state institutions and civil society initiatives to strengthen democratic governance in Southeast Asia. He currently serves as IFES’ senior program manager for the region.