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 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
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.
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October 4, 2016For 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
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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.