Women, people with disabilities, internally displaced persons and the LGBTQ community often face discrimination and political exclusion. People who identify with more than one of these identities, such as women with disabilities or young people who are displaced, have unique experiences that are often not considered in the design and implementation of electoral and political activities.
“Tough decisions are being made around the world regarding electoral processes, but none should be made disregarding international standards and best practices. During a global health crisis that demands coordinated action for the protection of fundamental rights, close monitoring and international cooperation are acutely in demand.”
Democracies thrive on assembly, transparency and confidence in elections and government institutions—all of which are put at risk by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health crisis erupted during an already troubling global decline in democracy.
In December 2018, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) developed two manuals on political finance reform in cooperation with its Ukrainian civil society partners. The manuals are part of efforts to raise awareness among political parties in Ukraine about the new political finance rules and promote better compliance.
According to the World Health Organization, one out of every seven people in the world has a disability, yet citizens with disabilities remain underrepresented in political life as voters, election observers, candidates and election officials.
In February 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) released “International Language Guidelines on Disability,” a document that includes terminology related to electoral access and inclusion in seven languages.
While a majority of Ukrainians is disappointed with the current state of affairs in the country and does not have much confidence in their political leaders, a significant block remains committed to democratic ideals and the rule of law, and prefers that Ukraine look toward Europe and the West for its geo-political orientation, according to a new survey conducted by the International Foundation
The current electoral law reform debate – whether parliamentary or presidential electoral law, or a unified electoral code – has primarily focused on the electoral system itself. Efforts are directed toward increasing the accountability of elected officials, empowering the electorate, broadening the geographic distribution of MPs, and just generally improving the quality of governance in Uk