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Openly LGBTI and in Office: A Historic Election for Guatemala

USAID elections projects promote transgender rights with lessons learned from the region. / NDI

Guatemalans are taking action to include the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in election processes. On Sept. 6, they elected the first openly LGBTI congressperson into office, a turning point in Guatemalan inclusion and civil rights.

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Cote d’Ivoire Election to Mark Turning Point After Years of Healing From Conflict

A local elections official in Duékoué, Côte d’Ivoire, explains the tabulation of votes from a previous election. Ahead of next week's presidential election, USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives has implemented activities focused on capacity-building of electoral institutions, improved access to credible information, increased inter-community dialogue, and widespread community mobilization and engagement in the electoral process. / Kendra Helmer, USAID

The upcoming Oct. 25 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire is the first since the disastrous election in 2010. USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives has been working with communities to move toward reconciliation ahead of this critical moment.

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Election Access for Voters with Disabilities: The Good, the Bad and the Totally Bizarre

A voter casts her ballot in Aceh during the 2009 Indonesian legislative elections. / Suparta, IFES

USAID is supporting the development of a new module, entitled “Elections and Disability Rights” designed to train election stakeholders. Assessing gaps between international legal standards, and domestic law and practice is critical and affects developed and developing democracies alike.

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Moldova at a Crossroad

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz (left) shakes hands with Iurie Ciocan, the head of Moldova’s Central Election Committee.

USAID is committed to supporting Moldova’s EU integration path in the face of ongoing pressure.

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Witness to an Historic Ukrainian Election

Ukranian woman places vote in ballot box

Ukraine recently held historic elections as the world watched. USAID provided assistance to ensure the legitimacy and transparency of the process.

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Registering for Democracy in Yemen

During her recent visit, USAID DAA Elisabeth Kvitashvili practices registering with Yemen's new biometric voter registration system. Photo credit: USAID

Yemen is poised to launch a high-tech Biometric Voter Registry (BVR) system representing a significant step forward in the development of a credible voter registry in that country.

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Learning from Past Elections to Improve Current Elections

International support for elections has emphasized various dimensions during the past several decades. In an effort to promote free and genuine electoral processes, assistance has included technical support for election commissions, provision of electoral commodities, international and domestic election monitoring, political party capacity building and many other modes.

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Behind the Scenes: Interview with Jeff Borns on Democracy-Building in Southern Africa

Southern Africa elections professionals on a USAID-financed program learn from members of the Independent Electoral Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo credit: UNISA

In this edition of our “Behind the Scenes” Interview Blog Series, we chat with Mission Director Jeff Borns about democracy-building in Southern Africa. Read more >>

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