The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) congratulates Pakistan on its first transfer of power between two democratically elected civilian governments after completion of a full term. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and newly-elected members of the National Assembly were sworn in on June 1, 2013. Sharif officially takes office today, June 5, 2013.
The following is a statement from International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Bill Sweeney on the passing of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — (February 26, 2013) — The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) today announced the election of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and former U.S. Representative Heather Ann Wilson (R-N.M.) to its board of directors. The additions bring the total number of board members to 24.
"The work of democracy is never done. In the last 25 years, the number of democractic states has grown enormously—from less than 30 to more than 75. But even as we celebrate the advance of democracy, we must be eternally watchful against the forces that could scratch away at it, or tear it down altogether."
The following is a statement by Bill Sweeney, president and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), regarding the defeat of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the U.S. Senate:
IFES Thanks Board Members for Service and Commitment to Democracy
Sunday, November 25, marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) takes this opportunity to reaffirm its support for those who work to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence.
Christian Monsod Reshaped Electoral Administration in the Philippines
KYIV - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) announced today the results of a pre-election assessment of the Verkhovna Rada elections to be held on Oct. 28.
High Proportion of Voters Remain Undecided