On Sunday, July 1 Mexicans cast their ballots in presidential and congressional elections. For voters, economic growth and the war on drugs were key issues.
In response to the violence following Kenya's 2007 presidential election, which divided the country and left dozens dead, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is introducing several new technologies to ensure more peaceful elections.
On June 16 and 17, Egypt held the second round of the presidential elections; this historic event allowed Egyptians to elect the first president since the fall of the Mubarak regime and marks a key milestone in the ongoing transition.
Following completion of the voting, IFES addresses questions surrounding the second round.
Samia Mahgoub, IFES' chief of party in Burundi from 2009 to 2011, has worked on various aspects of the electoral process-from election management body training to election security to voter registration-throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Cambodia held elections for the Commune Council on June 3, 2012. Elections for these local governing bodies are considered indicators of public opinion ahead of the 2013 National Assembly elections.
IFES’ South Sudan Operations Officer Robert David Irish has been involved in elections for seven years. After observing post-election activities in Ethiopia in 2005, his first IFES project was as an election observer in Haiti in 2006. In 2008, he rejoined IFES as a technical adviser in Iraq.
The May 20 presidential election in the Dominican Republic that resulted in the election of Danilo Medina highlighted the increased effort made to raise awareness of including persons with disabilities in the political process.
Fifteen months after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt held what is considered to be the first free presidential election in the country’s history. Over the span of two days, citizens all across the country queued to cast their vote for one of the 13 candidates on the ballot. Antonio Spinelli, IFES Country Director in Egypt, comments on the momentous election.
Since the December 2008 coup d'etat that ended 50 years of authoritarian rule in Guinea, the West African nation has continued its democratic evolution.
On Sunday, May 6, Armenia held its first parliamentary election under a new election law since the 2008 presidential poll that saw violent protests. Anthony Bowyer, IFES program manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia, answers questions from southern Armenia.