Money in politics, or political finance, is linked to key aspects of any modern society. Management of political finance is necessary for credible and genuine elections and electoral campaigns because it has the potential to skew competition between contestants. Proper management ensures the country is governed effectively; however, corruption can easily damage good governance.
In 1998, Indonesia – one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries – transitioned into its second democratic period after 31 years under a dictatorship. Suharto’s fall unleashed long-simmering ethnic tensions that killed at least 10,000 people between 1997 and 2002.
Ghana’s December 7 elections will be the first since the country’s 2012 biometric voter registration initiative, which produced new voter ID cards and generated a voter list of over 14 million. Voters will select members of parliament – including seats for 45 new constituencies – and will vote to replace or re-elect President John Dramani Mahama.
On November 18, 2012, Hondurans will elect candidates from three major parties – the Liberal Party, the National Party and the Liberty and Refoundation Party – to compete in next year’s general elections for the presidency and vice presidency, and open seats in the Central American Parliament, National Congress, and municipal councils.
In Ukraine, the current procedure for holding national and local referendums is governed by the 1991 Law on National and Local Referendums.
The November 17 elections in Sierra Leone will be the first since the end of the civil war in 2002 that the National Electoral Commission has taken a primary role in organizing and executing.
A toolkit to create and disseminate reports on the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa is now available.
Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa allows women’s organizations based in the region to compile research-based reports to:
IFES conducted a pre-election technical assessment in Ukraine which analyzed legal, technical and procedural aspects of the election process.
Venezuela's October 7 presidential election will see President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frias – who has survived a short-lived coup d'état, general labor strikes and resilient, albeit splintered, domestic and foreign opposition – contest for his seat against six other candidates, including his chief contender, Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski.
Georgians head to the polls on October 1, 2012, to elect 150 representatives to their parliament. Elected parliamentarians will enjoy increased powers due to new constitutional amendments that will come into force two-months after the next presidential election, scheduled for October 2013.