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November 2015

Advocating for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Myanmar

According to Myanmar’s 2014 census, 2.3 million citizens have a disability, but the World Health Organization and many international experts estimate that figure to be significantly higher. As Myanmar prepared for its historic 2015 general elections, IFES spoke with Nay Lin Soe, the Program Director for the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI), about the remarkable advances that have been achieved for persons with disabilities in Myanmar in the last five years and MILI’s work in the lead up to Myanmar’s 2015 elections.


For more on Myanmar’s general elections, view IFES’ Election Day photo gallery.

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Australian Election Management Expert to Receive IFES Baxter Award

Michael Maley Recognized for Excellence in and Dedication to Election Administration

The annual Baxter Award recognizes the contributions of election professionals whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of former IFES Senior Adviser for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter. This year, IFES recognizes Michael Maley, a distinguished election management expert who previously served as Director of International Services at the Australian Electoral Commission, as the 2015 Joe C. Baxter Award honoree. Read more about Maley and his impressive career as an election administrator.

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Post-Election Q&A: Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 Presidential Elections

On October 25, Ivoirians went to the polls for the first presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire since post-election violence rocked the country in 2010 and 2011. In this post-election Q&A, IFES Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Party Sophie Lagueny discusses the importance of the 2015 elections, IFES’ activities in the country in the lead up to the vote and the post-election atmosphere.

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Local Elections in Ukraine: Expectations for the Future

On December 10, the IFES Regional Europe Office will organize an event on “Local Elections in Ukraine: Expectations for the Future.” The event is organized in cooperation with the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative and will bring together interested international and local organizations, academia and the general public to discuss the October/November local elections in Ukraine and their outcome and impact on future democratic development.

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For more on local elections in Ukraine, view IFES’ Election Day photo gallery.

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Notes on Democracy

From October 1-3, the first “South Asia Regional Disability Rights Dialogue on Political Participation” brought together more than 80 representatives from 34 organizations and was held concurrently with the annual conference of the Forum for South Asian Election Management Bodies (FEMBoSA). Participants of the Regional Dialogue advocated that FEMBoSA adopt inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities as part of their work. Advocacy efforts were successful, with FEMBoSA Commissioners adopting language on disability-inclusive elections in their Colombo Resolution.

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Guatemalan citizens headed to the polls in September and October 2015 for general elections, which took place against a backdrop of high-level criminal cases and popular civic protests against corruption. The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) is implementing the “Elections: More Inclusion, Less Violence” program to support the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal in administering credible, transparent and inclusive elections. For this podcast, each CEPPS partner invited one of their local partners to discuss important electoral and human rights issues from their own perspectives.


Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Chief of Party in Somalia. We are also accepting applications for a Project Manager in Macedonia.

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