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January 05, 2017
Precedent is highly important in legal systems, but what about precedent in new democracies? How can new democracies establish democratic norms and processes when there’s little precedent for it? For Mongolia’s thriving civil society, embarking on campaign finance oversight marks an... Read More
December 05, 2016
On December 7, Ghanaians will vote in their seventh general elections since the return of democratic rule in 1992. These highly anticipated and closely watched elections will cap off an interesting year for electoral contests in Africa; highlighted most recently by the Gambia’s December 1... Read More
November 15, 2016
Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) announced that it will hold by-elections for 19 vacant seats in national and regional parliaments on April 1, 2017. The by-election will affect more than two million voters across 22 townships in eight of Burma’s provinces. The vacant seats were created... Read More
September 15, 2016
As long-term election observers (LTOs) for IRI and NDI’s joint mission to monitor Jordan’s September 20 parliamentary elections, my partner Dina Sadek and I have covered a lot of miles in the past five weeks conducting ongoing field visits to five governorates and two Bedouin districts in the... Read More
September 12, 2016
While all eyes in the U.S. are focused on the presidential election in November, the Kingdom of Jordan is set to hold parliamentary elections on September 20, 2016. Jordan’s King Abdullah II dissolved parliament shortly before the end of its four-year term in May, necessitating elections within... Read More
July 29, 2016
Election Day, especially in a country that is barely more than a decade from its democratic transition, and only four years removed from its first peaceful transfer of power, is always a crucial test of a political system’s resiliency.  In Georgia, that first peaceful transfer of power... Read More
November 12, 2015
Just over five years ago, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in Rangoon, Burma.  That act was seen as the beginning of a series of historic moves made by Burma’s newly installed government to gradually open the country and start a process towards peacemaking, institutional... Read More
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Mark Green

President
October 16, 2015
If Guatemala’s general Election last month captured headlines, the second round or runoff, on Sunday October 25, seems to be happening under the radar. The September 6 vote witnessed an empowered civil society that had mounted huge rallies against corruption, the public seemed poised to repudiate... Read More
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Tony Garrastazu

Resident Country Director, Central America
October 08, 2015
With just one month remaining before Burma’s landmark election occurs on November 8, signs of campaigning and attention by political stakeholders in Burma are coming to life.  The million dollar question of course remains, who is going to win?  While there is still no clear way to gauge... Read More
Posted by

Derek Luyten

Regional Director, Asia Division
March 30, 2015
Today, we announced the findings of our delegation observing Nigeria’s elections.  The delegation said, “The process was defined by the introduction of new technology to combat voter fraud, including a permanent voter card (PVC) and card reader to accredit voters.  And while there were... Read More
Posted by

Lisa Gates

Director of Communications

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