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What’s Going on at IFES?
On January 3, 2017, the Haitian Electoral Council finally published the official results of the 2016 presidential election, following a nearly two-year process. For the Haitian people and their partners, it’s a step toward democracy and a return to the constitutional order.
With the support of the United States Agency for International Development, IFES has worked closely with the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) over the past several years to build its capacity to conduct credible and inclusive elections. As part of this work, IFES is providing the NEC Gender Section with technical support on the inclusion of marginalized groups, such as persons with disabilities and women.
As an organization dedicated to helping citizens have a voice in elections and assisting institutions to deliver electoral processes with integrity, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems is currently working in over 25 countries around the world. This post discusses some of the most significant elections to watch in the coming year.
Electoral participation by internally displaced persons (IDPs) is a challenging undertaking, but one that is becoming increasingly relevant as current estimates indicate over 40 million IDPs worldwide. IFES’ “Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview” represents the culmination of intensive research, which is intended to further develop IDP electoral rights. IFES intends to utilize this information moving forward for implementation in its programming and to serve IDP populations globally by brining international attention to this important issue.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes.
This paper is intended as a guide for election practitioners who are interpreting, developing, and implementing legal and regulatory frameworks for elections, and who should understand the hierarchy of these laws.