The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is working with key electoral stakeholders in Kenya, including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), election observers and disabled people’s organizations, to increase the accessibility of the upcoming August polls.
In 2015, the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), a disability rights organization in Pakistan committed to mainstreaming disability in development using a rights-based approach, developed an Android mobile application to connect persons with disabilities with information on disability rights.
On May 14, 2017, Nepal held phase one of the first local elections in 20 years. More than 14 million voters across 75 districts were registered to elect 34,908 local-level legislative and executive representatives over two phases – the second phase of the election is scheduled for June 14.
By Jessica Huber, Senior Gender Specialist
Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum [KPU]) continues to expand its disability inclusion in elections. In April, the KPU launched Election Innovation: To Overcome the Challenges and to Use the Opportunity, a publication that compiles innovative practices employed over the past five years.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports the White House nomination of International Republican Institute (IRI) President Mark Green to the position of administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
From April 18-20, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) trained 17 Libyan journalists on inclusive media coverage of elections and political processes from a disability rights perspective.
Dr. Jørgen Elklit has been an adviser on electoral systems in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Nepal and Tanzania, among other countries. His first assignment in an electoral advisory mission was in Nepal in 1990-1991 and since then he has been both a thought leader and a practitioner in the elections field.
The V-Engage challenge is a flagship activity to support the voter education efforts of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), encourage youth participation in the electoral process and to encourage choices that will shape our communities.
The International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former IFES Regional Director for Africa Almami Cyllah.