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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
10/13/2016
Resource Type: 
Statement
Language: 
English

The National Democratic Institute expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Thailand for the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  Over his 70-year reign, King Bhumibol was dedicated to the development and prosperity of Thailand. The country’s loss will be mourned throughout the world.

The National Democratic Institute expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Thailand for the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  Over his 70-year reign, King Bhumibol was dedicated to the development and prosperity of Thailand. The country’s loss will be mourned throughout the world.

The National Democratic Institute expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Thailand for the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  Over his 70-year reign, King Bhumibol was dedicated to the development and prosperity of Thailand. The country’s loss will be mourned throughout the world.

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Photo courtesy of Mark Abraham: The Clinton-Trump debate on September 26, 2016 was the most-watched debate in American history.

As Americans watch the three general election presidential debates and one vice presidential debate this fall, many may not realize that such debates have become a global phenomenon. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that has sponsored and produced all U.S. general election debates since 1987. Over time, CPD has expanded its work to support debates around the world.

Published Date: 
10/06/2016
Resource Type: 
Statement

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) welcomes the news that António Guterres, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister of Portugal, was unanimously nominated by the Security Council to become the next UN Secretary General.

Antonio Guterres receives NDI's 2015 W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award.  António Guterres receives NDI's 2015 W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award.
Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
10/04/2016
Resource Type: 
Press Release
Language: 
English, Georgian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

October 4, 2016

For more information, contact:
In Georgia: Diana Chachua, [email protected], 577 779639
In the United States: Emily Rodriguez, [email protected], +1 202 728-5500

 

NDI TO FIELD INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATION MISSION FOR GEORGIA PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

TBILISI – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) announced today the arrival of an international delegation to observe the October 8 parliamentary elections in Georgia. The group includes political and civic leaders, election experts and regional specialists.

Heading the delegation are Ted Kaufman, former U.S. senator from Delaware and NDI board member; Sam Gejdenson, former U.S. representative from Connecticut and a member of the NDI board; Janusz Onyskiewicz, former Polish minister of defense and former vice president of the European Parliament; Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, a Belgian minister of state and former member of the European Parliament; Laura Jewett, NDI’s regional director for Eurasia and Laura Thornton, senior director of the National Democratic Institute’s office in Tbilisi. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

October 4, 2016

For more information, contact: 
In Georgia: Diana Chachua, [email protected], 577 779639 
In the United States: Emily Rodriguez, [email protected], +1 202 728-5500

 

NDI TO FIELD INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATION MISSION FOR GEORGIA PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

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Vicky El-Khoury Zwein has been elected to represent her municipality in the Beirut suburbs twice, first in 2004 and again in 2016.

When Vicky Zwein ran in municipal elections in 2004, she was already a young mother, aged 29, and was expecting another baby. She was nominated by her political party, the National Liberal Party, and with the support of her family and especially her husband she started canvassing her neighborhood. “People would tell me that it was not the right moment to run since I have children and that I need to take care of them. But my answer was, it’s BECAUSE I want to take care of my children that I am running.”

Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Publisher: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
09/29/2016
Resource Type: 
Survey Results
Language: 
English

NDI conducted a nationwide face-to-face survey of 6,378 respondents in May and June 2016.

The destination to which most Ukrainians aspire remains a less paternalistic, more democratic society in which women and men play more equal roles, citizens’ voices are heard and political parties represent the interests of the people. Political upheaval and ongoing downward pressure on living standards have not undermined this demand, nor have they resulted in increased support for early elections or raised expectations of another revolution or Third Maidan.

Support for EU and NATO membership have fluctuated slightly since NDI conducted its previous survey after the local election is October 2015. Nearly 75 percent of those surveyed consider Russian influence as negative. Support for Donbas to return to Ukrainian control and for Ukraine to retain the right to decide its own future is strong and stable. Ukrainians are overwhelmingly united on the need for parties to represent the interests of citizens, rather than their financial backers. Awareness of these issues is high, which should bolster implementation of party finance reforms.

Media Type: 
Report

NDI conducted a nationwide face-to-face survey of 6,378 respondents in May and June 2016.

The destination to which most Ukrainians aspire remains a less paternalistic, more democratic society in which women and men play more equal roles, citizens’ voices are heard and political parties represent the interests of the people. Political upheaval and ongoing downward pressure on living standards have not undermined this demand, nor have they resulted in increased support for early elections or raised expectations of another revolution or Third Maidan.

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Five women election observers monitor a polling station in the Jerash tribal area.

On September 20, 2016, the Jordanian people headed to the polls to fill 130 seats for the lower house of parliament. Amid heightened security concerns and a struggling economy, King Abdullah II dissolved parliament on May 29 and set terms for parliamentary elections in the fall.

A joint international election observation delegation supported by NDI and IRI released a preliminary statement about the election. They found that overall:

Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Publisher: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
09/22/2016
Resource Type: 
Infographic
Language: 
Georgian, English

Polls show that Georgians would like to see more women in their parliament. Currently, women make up 12 percent of the Georgian legislature, behind the average of 25.8 percent for European countries and placing Georgia at 147 of 194 countries worldwide in women’s political representation. The infographic analysis reveals current numbers on women's participation as candidates in Georgia's October 8 parliamentary elections in Georgia.

Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
09/21/2016
Resource Type: 
Election Report
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has compiled a brief report on Serbia's political landscape following snap parliamentary elections and scheduled municipal elections in April.  The government of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won re-election handily, while new, and not so new, political alternatives produced notable results as well. The election outcome positions Serbia to take on important tasks related to European Union integration, governance reform, economic development, and regional stabilization. The election process itself highlights areas of needed democratic reform.
 
NDI's Serbia program portfolio includes nonpartisan citizen election observation, public policy research and discourse, parliamentary and political party strengthening, and LGBT and Roma political participation. The Institute has been supported in these efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Open Society Foundation/Serbia, to which it extends its appreciation. The content of this report is that of NDI alone.
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Author: 
National Democratic Institute
Publisher: 
National Democratic Institute
Published Date: 
09/21/2016
Resource Type: 
Toolkit
Language: 
English

Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. Violence against women in elections is a particular form of electoral violence, motivated by a desire to prevent women as women from participating in the electoral process, and which sees women attacked for daring to enter or participate in elections. 

For nearly three decades, NDI has worked with local nonpartisan citizen election observers around the world to mitigate violence and encourage peace. Observers play a crucial role in forecasting, monitoring, mitigating and mediating political conflict—including violence against women. The Votes Without Violence toolkit has been developed from NDI's collaboration with citizen observer groups around the world. It includes guidance and a set of practical tools and resources that can be used directly by observers and practitioners to monitor and mitigate electoral violence against women effectively.

Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. Violence against women in elections is a particular form of electoral violence, motivated by a desire to prevent women as women from participating in the electoral process, and which sees women attacked for daring to enter or participate in elections.