IFES and Cairo University Host Event on Human Rights in Elections

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Tunisians Proud to Vote in an Historic Presidential Election

November 24, 2014

On November 23, 2014, Tunisians went to the polls for the first direct election of a President in the country’s history. During this historic day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) visited polling stations and witnessed the professional, efficient conduct of the election. While the official results have yet to be announced, participation was high across the country; the High Independent Authority on Elections (ISIE) announced that voter turnout reached 64.6 percent.

 

Throughout Tunisia, voters brought their children with them as they voted, demonstrating their confidence in the security of the polls. When the polls opened at 8 a.m., IFES witnessed the celebratory, exhilarating atmosphere, as Tunisians quickly entered Polling Centers to cast their vote and exercise their fundamental human right: to have a say in how they are governed. Click through this gallery to see images from Tunisia’s momentous Election Day.

Tunisia Reopens Media Center for Presidential Elections

November 21, 2014

On November 20, 2014, Tunisia’s High Independent Authority for Elections (ISIE) held a press conference to reopen its Media Center for the November 23 presidential election. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) worked closely with its ISIE partners in conceptualizing and creating the Center for the October parliamentary elections and the November presidential vote. The Media Center serves as a platform for the ISIE to communicate election related information to citizens, journalists, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders. It also brings transparency and credibility to the election process. Click through this photo gallery to see the impressive and important results of this effort.

 

Media Relations, All Election Management

IFES Experts Speak on U.S. Capitol Hill

November 20, 2014

On November 13 and 14, experts from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) were called on to speak on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, November 13, Senior Gender Specialist Jessica Huber was invited by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) to speak as part of the World of Women for World Peace conference. Huber was joined by other distinguished panelists.

On Friday, IFES Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Asia Gavin Weise provided a briefing to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission) about Ukraine’s recent parliamentary elections. He highlighted the conduct and results of the elections. He was joined by representatives from IFES partners the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, as well as the Ukrainian citizen network OPORA.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment, All Election Management

A Look at Election Management Worldwide

November 19, 2014

Quality election management is a vital core of democracy. A legitimate electoral process and public confidence in democratic governance depends on both the actual and perceived integrity of an election. Special focus on the role and challenges of electoral management is required in order to conduct a free and fair election. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems works with election management bodies (EMBs) around the world on all aspects of election administration in all phases of the electoral cycle, from pre-election preparation to announcing results.

All Election Management

IFES’ 2014 U.S. Election Program

November 07, 2014

For almost three decades, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has supported citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections around the globe. Since 1992, IFES has hosted a flagship event, the U.S. Election Program, which brings together election officials, parliamentarians and diplomats from around the world to observe and learn about the U.S. electoral system as well as discuss elections and voting from comparative international perspectives.


This year’s program was held from November 2-5, in Washington, D.C., and provided a range of educational and networking opportunities for executives responsible for elections and voting.


See coverage of select panels by C-SPAN.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

2014 IFES Photography Contest Winners and Finalists

October 16, 2014

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Photo Contest, highlighting the importance of democracy by capturing images from around the world that call attention to the electoral and political process. This year IFES received over 500 images and competition was tough.


Our four categories reflect IFES’ thematic work: Election Management; Electoral Integrity and Transparency; Citizen Participation; and Inclusion and Empowerment. A panel of photography and subject matter experts evaluated and judged the photos on relevance to the theme, photographic quality and ability to tell a story.

 

View the full-resolution images on Flickr.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Celebrating the 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards Dinner

October 02, 2014

On October 1, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) celebrated its fifth annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards with a gala dinner and ceremony at the Washington, D.C. Marriott at Metro Center. This ceremony brings diverse groups of domestic and international leaders together who share a belief in advancing good governance and democratic rights by empowering and encouraging active citizen participation.

IFES presents the awards annually to three individuals who embody the character and spirit of former U.S. Ambassador and IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt. This year’s honorees were Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Machado was unable to attend in person due to an order by the Venezuelan government not to leave the country. Her son Henrique Sosa Machado and the former President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana, accepted the award on her behalf.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 23, 2014

On September 23, 2014, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a conversation between IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney and the former Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI), S.Y. Quraishi. Sweeney and Quraishi discussed Quraishi’s book An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election, a first-person account of the recent electoral history of India and a must-read for those interested in understanding how the world's largest democracy works. Quraishi was also presented with the IFES’ prestigious Hutar Award, which honors those who express a commitment to improving democratic practices.

During the event, Sweeney marveled at the immense technical undertaking of elections in India, noting that as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of India, Quraishi oversaw elections that involved over 11 million Indian government personnel. Indeed, elections in India generate both wonder and interest globally. Polls have been held at regular intervals in the country since independence, and on an unprecedented scale, surmounting the massive challenges posed by the geography of the land and the diversity of the Indian populace.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

Ebola in Liberia: Its Effect on Governance and Democracy

September 19, 2014

Ebola’s destructive path in West Africa has not only displaced communities and people but has exacerbated the strain facing already weak institutions and governance. The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) hosted panel discussion on the key structural and governance issues that have been underscored by the current Ebola crisis in Liberia. The panelist provided keen insights into the complex and evolving situation. IFES Senior Program Manager for Africa Matthew Parry spoke about the challenges facing the pending elections and the role civil society can play to increase awareness about Ebola.

Drivers of Democracy - Highlighting IFES Staff

September 17, 2014

Here at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), our diverse staff work in many ways to advance good governance and democratic rights around the world and engage in everything from hosting events, managing finance and even cleaning offices! Check out quotes from field office staff about their experiences with IFES by looking through the gallery. See more staff and read their full quotes.