Southern Sudan: Referendum for Secession
January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 9 kicked off a week of voting in Southern Sudan on a referendum to determine whether it will secede from the north. The overall mood was jubilant as citizens fulfilled one of the points established during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed on January 9, 2005 between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The CPA expired on July 9, 2011. Final results from the referendum are expected to be released in late January and final results will be made public by February 14, 2011.
Exploring Moldova through Food, Farming, and Politics
December 20, 2010
Living in Washington, DC exposes people to colleagues who have traveled all over the world for work. Yet, when I told my friends that for my second posting with IFES I would travel to Moldova, many looked at me as if I had suddenly given them a geography quiz, and they were failing.
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.
Focus on Morocco | Civic and Political Participation Topic Brief
June 22, 2010
This topic brief presents the main findings from the SWMENA survey in Morocco on civic and political participation. It includes an analysis of civic engagement through membership in different types of organizations and taking part in different activities to express opinions on political and social issues. Voting behavior is also explored in reference to participation in the 2009 municipal elections in June 2009 as well as women’s opinions about policy priorities and factors influencing their voting choices.
IFES Observes Historic Philippines Election
May 27, 2010
IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney and other DC-based staff joined Philippines Chief of Party Beverly Hagerdon Thakur, Deputy Chief of Party Juhai Grossmann and other IFES-Philippines staff members in observing the May 10, 2010 national and local election. Filipinos went to the polls to cast ballots for president, vice-president, senators, congressmen, governors, mayors and other key offices.
Burundians Vote in Communal Elections
May 24, 2010
On May 24, 2010, communal elections, the first in a series of polls that will take place in Burundi this summer, were held. This series of elections are the first to be implemented in Burundi since the rebels laid down their arms and ended years of civil war. The district elections are considered to be crucial for the consolidation of peace in the war-ravaged country. They are seen a barometer for the electoral period which will include presidential, legislative and local elections by September 2010.