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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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.
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.