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April 05, 2017
The Gambian people are preparing to go to the polls for the first time since the end of Jammeh’s dictatorial rule. A lot is expected from this election, as Gambians will be voting today for their first truly democratically elected National Assembly: 239 candidates are vying for the votes of 886,578... Read More
January 30, 2017
Somalia’s presidential election was recently postponed for a fifth time, pushing Election Day to... Read More
December 21, 2016
On December 7, I was deployed as part of an IRI team that conducted an Election Day assessment of women’s participation in Ghana’s electoral process. I was deployed to Ghana’s Northern Region. During my trip, I had the opportunity to meet and interview women to get a better understanding of their... Read More
October 08, 2016
On October 8, Georgians will go to the polls to elect their parliament members. In many countries around the world, elections can be trigger points for violence.  Citizens who feel alienated or disenfranchised, or simply cheated on, may reduce their anger to violence, including physical harm... Read More
October 03, 2016
While the results of Jordan’s September 20, 2016 parliamentary elections are unlikely to have a major impact throughout the greater Middle East, the outcome could impact Jordan’s political future in significant ways by virtue of an increased presence of women and Islamists in parliament and the... Read More
March 30, 2016
Americans are probably familiar with “Super Tuesday”, when several states conduct their presidential primary elections on the same day. However, Africans enjoyed their own... Read More
February 18, 2016
I served as a party poll agent for my political party for the first time in 2006, during mid-term elections here in the United States. I was given the assignment the day before Election Day, was told to sign a form registering me as an official party poll agent, and told to show up at my assigned... Read More
October 21, 2015
In different countries they have different names, but they all share a vital role in the integrity of an election, regardless of where it is.  Call them what you will - party agents, polling station agents, poll watchers or election inspectors – these are the people that parties and... Read More
Posted by

Josh Hills

Resident Director of Political Party Development, Burma
September 30, 2015
On September 30, IRI’s Burma field office conducted its 100th political party workshop under its USAID funded Elections and Political Processes Assistance project.  Since July 2013, IRI has conducted workshops across the country, reaching over 8,000 party activists from 83 political parties.... Read More
Posted by

Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma
September 08, 2015
As part of a USAID/CEPPS initiative to prevent electoral violence, IRI’s Guatemala field office conducted an assessment mission during Guatemala’s general elections Sunday, September 6. That day, yesterday, 5.3 million Guatemalans or 70.38 percent of registered voters exercised their right to... Read More
Posted by

Tony Garrastazu

Resident Country Director, Central America