To better inform policy discussions, IFES facilitates comparative research and dialogue on challenges and innovation in elections and the rights of indigenous peoples. IFES also assists countries to meet United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples standards by holding inclusive national and local elections that respect language and traditional political institutions and practices.
On March 12, IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury provided testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on “Electoral Assistance: Critical to American Interests, Essential for the Future of Democracy.”
Social media offers tangible benefits to democratic discourse but also presents considerable challenges. On February 28, IFES held an event on Capitol Hill focused on emerging approaches to disinformation and social media in elections.
Elections by the Numbers
Nigerian citizens were scheduled to go the polls for general elections on February 16 and March 2. On February 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced a postponement of the elections by one week. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions on Elections in Nigeria: 2019 General Elections.
On January 21 and February 6, registered voters in localities covered by the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Philippines and areas that successfully petitioned for inclusion in the Bangsamoro and their parent government units went to the polls to vote in the Mindanao plebiscite. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions on Elections in the Philippines: 2019 Mindanao Plebiscite.
On February 3, Salvadoran citizens went to the polls to elect a new president. With decreased trust in established political parties, smaller parties’ recent electoral successes have challenged the traditional two-party system. To help you understand this important electoral process, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions on Elections in El Salvador: 2019 Presidential Election.