Bosnia and Herzegovina

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides targeted electoral assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to encourage effective and inclusive election administration and management in line with international best practices. Through a Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Strengthening Elections and Political Transitions award, IFES is implementing innovative programming to address the needs of the Central Election Commission of BiH and other election stakeholders.

In November 2017, IFES conducted an abuse of state resources (ASR) assessment in BiH, which initiated discussions on improving anti-corruption policymaking prior to the October 2018 general elections. This marked IFES’ second ASR assessment since the launch of its groundbreaking methodology in 2017. The assessment provided key recommendations to be considered throughout the election cycle and focused on a variety of stakeholders. The assessment was released months before the elections to maximize its ability to impact pre-election laws and policies.

In 2019, IFES initiated an assessment of the voter registration process in BiH, evaluating key challenges and constraints. The assessment provided an outline of the status, issues and considerations related to voter registration, and presented a series of recommendations for improving BiH’s voter registration process. IFES presented this assessment and its accompanying recommendations at the Conference of the Election Management Bodies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IFES continues to deliver activities to improve the voter registration process, political finance regulations and the voter list data.

IFES is currently supporting the Central Election Commission of BiH and relevant state bodies to address outstanding recommendations to the voter registration process, political finance regulations and prevention of ASR.

IFES’ work in BiH is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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