2016 Baxter Award for Election Practitioners

What’s Going on at IFES?

IFES will honor Nay Lin Soe, a disability rights advocate and founder and CEO of the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, with its 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. This is the first time that IFES has honored both a disability rights advocate and an Asian citizen with the Democracy Award.

IFES’ Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is presented each year in a special ceremony to one Democrat, one Republican and a member of the international community who demonstrate the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award’s namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt. The 2016 Democracy Awards Dinner will be held on September 13 in Washington, D.C. 

On May 10, 2016, IFES Middle East and North Africa  Regional Director Zeinab Abdelkarim addressed a regional forum that brought together representatives from electoral management bodies in the Arab world. 

IFES Champions #HerVoteHerVoice

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the June 16, 2016 murder of Jo Cox, a British member of Parliament.

In an effort to address this growing concern, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of election management body (EMB) digital security practices and develop a diagnostic tool to help EMBs practice better digital security. 

On May 19, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) hosted “Mitigating Violence Against Women in Crises and Political Transitions,” the sixth installment of the “Women, Peace and Security” Capitol Hill breakfast briefing series.