On April 9, Aceh, a special autonomous region of Indonesia located on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, held the second set of provincial elections for the governorship since the end of the 30-year secessionist conflict with the government of Indonesia.
One of the tools to promote electoral security is voter education. Voter education empowers citizens with information to voice their thoughts on the electoral process through ways other than violence to help prevent conflict.
On the evening of Sunday, March 25, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade publicly congratulated his opponent Macky Sall for winning the second round of the presidential election and conceded defeat.
Women advocates in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have worked tirelessly over the years to increase gender equality in the island nation. This year, they reached a high point as parliament voted to amend the constitution and create an additional 22 reserved seats for women, although the effort has yet to be passed into law.
The people of Senegal went to the polls Sunday, February 27, to elect a president. Violence erupted weeks before the poll when the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term.
On February 21, Yemen held a presidential election that marked the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule. The election, a crucial step in the agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council, brought out a high number of Yemenis eager to cast their ballot to confirm Vice President Abdurabu Mansur Hadi as president.
IFES Vice President for Programs Michael Svetlik was in Egypt during the first phase of the Shura Council elections, which took place January 29-30. He accompanied three members of IFES’ Board of Directors to Egypt who evaluated our progress in assisting electoral stakeholders implement credible electoral processes - critical to the current political transition.
Ahead of the Senegal presidential election in February, the African nation has been making headlines as President Abdoulaye Wade insists on a third term in office, despite being limited to two.