Nigerians Vote in Multiple National Elections
May 26, 2011
Nigeria held a series of nationwide elections in April 2011, beginning with National Assembly polls on April 9 and a presidential election on April 16. Elections for state governors were held on April 26 in most parts of the country but delayed until April 28 in two states due to violence following the presidential vote. After registering to vote in January and February, Nigerians underwent a voter accreditation process in the morning of each election day before casting their ballots in the afternoon. Despite the considerable security challenges, the polls were considered generally fair and credible by international observers.
Cappuccinos and Independence: Experiencing the Kosovar Spirit
January 26, 2011
Kosovo has been on the news for enough years that I thought I knew what I was in for: a cold, gray winter, with the only color provided by a people struggling with the cultural inheritance of the Cold War… poor infrastructure, smog from coal-fired electricity plants, NATO troops patrolling the streets, and high unemployment. I wasn’t entirely wrong; in particular, the acrid smell of coal in the air brought me back to my years in Prague in the early 1990s, after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
IFES CEO and VP Attend the Carter Center’s Anniversary Meeting
October 15, 2010
Bill Sweeney, IFES president and CEO, and Michael Svetlik, IFES vice-president for programs, participated at the Carter Center’s 5th Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. The meeting, which took place on October 13-14, 2010, marked the 5th anniversary of the endorsement of the Declaration of Principles at the United Nations – a critical milestone and an opportunity to continue to advance the field of international election observation.
Building a Better Election Process in Georgia
July 27, 2010
Election Day on May 30, 2010, in Tbilisi, Georgia was calm and orderly, and the results of the municipal elections brought few surprises. The incumbent mayor, Gigi Ugulava, won the Tbilisi mayoral race with 55% of the vote, and the United National Movement (the party of President Mikheil Saakashvili) dominated council votes across the country.
Kyrgyzstan Votes to Adopt a New Constitution
July 20, 2010
On Sunday, 27 June 2010 Kyrgyzstan held a referendum to consider adopting a new constitution. The referendum, administered by a new (interim) Central Election Commission (CEC), was held just 80 days after the violent overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and just weeks after a violent ethnic clash between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south of the country. With a near 70% turnout, voters overwhelmingly approved changes to the constitution affecting the electoral system, the separation of powers, the judicial system, human rights, and local self-government. With the changes Kyrgyzstan is set to become Central Asia’s first parliamentary republic, though the serious work of implementation lay ahead.