International IDEA has been developing knowledge resources, promoting institutional development and facilitating inclusive and informed dialogue about democratic reform options. International IDEA provides objective, neutral, non-prescriptive and informative perspectives on policy challenges for Myanmar’s democratic actors and decision-makers. Since 2015, International IDEA has been working in support of inclusive, democratic elections through capacity assistance to the Union Election Commission, civil society, media and other electoral stakeholders. This is as part of the Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy) project, a partnership with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and with the support of the European Union. In partnership with the Parliamentary Centre, Canada, International IDEA works to build the capacity of Myanmar’s parliamentary oversight and budgetary management roles.
Preparations for the November 8 elections. At stake are 1 171 seats at the Pyithu, Amyota and State and Regions Hluttaws assemblies. As lead of the STEP Democracy, an initiative supported by the European Union and International IDEA is assisting the Union Election Commission (UEC) to make the November elections the most inclusive in recent history.
Letting observers in is an essential part of that job