Top Experts in Complaints Adjudication Discuss the Upcoming Elections in the Philippines
April 27, 2010
For an entire week, from February 8 to 12, 2010, IFES and the American Bar Association, with funding support from USAID, brought two of the foremost legal experts on election adjudication from the US – Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson and election law expert John “Jack” Hardin Young – to Manila in order to meet with the Commission on Elections and other stakeholders and advise on complaints adjudication with this new technology. Both Justice Anderson and Mr. Young have experience litigating and adjudicating cases using Precinct Count Optical Scan systems, which are similar to those which will be used in the Philippines.
Sudan’s First Vote After Peace Agreement
April 20, 2010
From April 11 to 15, 2010, Sudan’s citizens turned out to vote in the first nationwide election held since 1986. The election, a key milestone of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), marked the first time the vast majority of Sudanese had ever voted and served as an important opportunity for those in the south and Abyei to practice this civic duty in anticipation of the next CPA milestones: the January 2011 Referendum on Southern Sudan’s independence and Abyei Referendum. Nationally, Omar Hassan al-Bashir was re-elected as President of Sudan with 68% of the vote, and in the South, Salva Kiir Mayardit was re-elected as President of Southern Sudan with just shy of 93% of Southern Sudan’s vote.