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.
International IDEA Myanmar has produced a series of infographics on women's participation, cancellation of elections and ethnic participation across the 1990, 2010 and 2015 Myanmar elections. These are compared to countries that have experienced transitional elections.
For the upcoming General Elections, the Union Election Commission has invited international as well as domestic organisations to observe the electoral process. The UEC has now released a cartoon aimed at informing voters about the observers’ Code of Conduct, rights and responsibilities, and to prepare voters to meet observers at polling stations on election day.
Electoral Risk Management in Myanmar(Feature article)
Following the operationalization of the Electoral Risk Management Unit (ERM Unit) of the Union Election Commission (UEC) back in August, IDEA has continued assisting the development of monthly risk reports. The ERM Unit has produced two of these reports in August and September.