The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is currently supporting the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC), established following the new election commission law of December 2019, to prepare for what will be its first elections as a new commission. IFES has worked in Iraq since 2003 to provide technical electoral assistance to key stakeholders and to advise on electoral legislation and legal framework, technical electoral operations, communications and voter outreach.

IFES’ advisory role to the IHEC includes providing technical advice on long-term strategic planning, institutional capacity building and transfer of knowledge by improving the IHEC’s voter education activities and conducting technical training to ensure the IHEC’s sustainability and efficiency. Over the years, IFES also worked with Iraqi civil society organizations on community peace building and reduction of election violence and with organizations representing underrepresented populations to promote those populations’ civic education and political participation.

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