General elections in Honduras, held on November 24, 2013, saw a high percentage of registered voters going to the polls. Citizens voted for President; 128 deputies to the National Congress; 298 mayors and 298 vice mayors; 2,092 municipal aldermen across 298 municipalities; and 20 deputies and alternates to the Central American Parliament.
Mauritania held legislative and municipal elections on Saturday, November 23. While political tensions have been prevalent – the opposition boycotted the polls – Election Day was reported to be peaceful and orderly.
One of IFES’ main goals in Haiti is to increase access to the political process for persons with disabilities. In order to do so, IFES is collaborating with the election commission of Haiti, the Conseil Électoral Provisoire (CEP), other government entities and civil society to remove barriers and promote equal access.
Christiana Thorpe, Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone, is a trailblazer in election management. As the first woman in charge of elections in the West African nation, she has transformed her country’s electoral system into one that consistently runs credible, valid polls.
On November 3, Kosovo held elections for municipal mayors and assembly deputies in all 38 districts of the country. The election elicited international attention as it tested relations between Kosovo and Serbia.
IFES Chief of Party in Kosovo Alan Wall answers some questions about the election.
How was the mood on Election Day?
Georgia held presidential elections on October 27, 2013. Over 1.6 million voters visited 3,741 polling stations in Georgia and 52 polling stations abroad to elect the next President for a five-year mandate.
Nermin Nisic, IFES Chief of Party in Georgia, speaks to us about Election Day and what comes next.
What was at stake in this election?
From October 18-23, 2013, IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney is in Myanmar meeting with donors, partners and the IFES team.
He shares his thoughts and experiences while in the country that is making strides toward more inclusive elections.
Alexandra Matthews, a graduate student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, spent three years at IFES as a member of the South Asia team. In that capacity, she worked on projects in Nepal, India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, many of which addressed the need to include marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Guinea held parliamentary elections on September 28, 2013 – years after the elections were due. The polls, which were previously scheduled for June 2007 and then expected to take place in 2011, were delayed due to a general strike, difficulties in establishing the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) and a military coup d’état.
Dr. Leonardo Valdés Zurita, President of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), is this year’s international recipient of the Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.