The Gambia

Since 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been providing technical assistance to the Gambian election management body – the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) – and other local stakeholders to support the development of free, fair and credible elections. IFES’ current work in The Gambia is informed by a foundational Electoral Integrity Assessment analysis it conducted ahead of the April 2017 legislative elections focused on the country’s legal and regulatory framework, vote counting, certification of results and electoral dispute resolution. Through the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, IFES is currently implementing the “Gambia Governance Reform Activity” funded by the United States Agency for International Development. IFES’ work in this project includes technical assistance to the IEC, with its electoral legal and regulatory drafting, the development of the IEC’s strategic plan and facilitating the prioritization of the electoral process through leadership and capacity-building trainings for IEC commissioners. IFES’ support to the IEC is focused on increasing its capacity to promote inclusive democratic governance, electoral integrity and democracy in The Gambia.