Elections to Watch in 2016
What’s Going on at IFES?
IFES annually awards two to four Democracy Studies Fellowships to bring outstanding U.S. graduate students to Washington, D.C. to engage in democracy development research. Based at IFES’ Center for Applied Research and Learning, fellows have access to IFES experts and conduct independent research with IFES mentors for six to eight weeks.
After the first round of elections in September, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) members recorded a podcast with Eduardo Núñez, National Democratic Institute Guatemala Resident Director; Tony Garrastazu, International Republican Institute Guatemala Resident Director; Maximo Zaldivar, International Foundation for Electoral Systems Guatemala Chief of Party on how CEPPS provided technical assistance during the 2015 general elections in Guatemala.
On January 21, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) hosted “Women in the Military: Lessons on Leading and Women’s Expanded Role in Combat,” the fourth installment of the “Women, Peace and Security” Capitol Hill breakfast briefing series.
IFES Believes in #AVoteForEveryVoice
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) believes every person deserves a vote and a voice, and that dynamic democracies flourish when all groups of society are represented.
On the crowded, noisy street of Pyay Road in Yangon’s Ahlone Township, locals regularly shop at nearby stores while cab drivers sit in standstill traffic. On October 30, eight days before Myanmar’s historic 2015 general elections, however, the atmosphere was a bit different, as passers-by were greeted with live music and voter education materials.
Across the globe, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems empowers persons with disabilities to participate in democracy as voters, candidates, poll workers, advocates and grassroots leaders.