From 2012-2013, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) implemented the USAID-funded "Supporting the Electoral Process" program in Mauritania to strengthen the capacity of the CENI ahead of legislative and municipal elections held in November 2013, with runoff elections in December 2013. Support included targeted trainings on electoral operations and management, voter registration, and civic/voter education. In February 2023, IFES returned to Mauritania under the Kofo Sugande project, funded by USAID and held by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, which includes both IFES and the International Republican Institute. IFES is working with the CENI to make the 2023 general elections more inclusive and accessible to voters across Mauritania. This project also focuses on longer-term strategic planning and capacity building to improve overall electoral administration and enhance the political participation of all Mauritanians.

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