Throughout the years, IFES programs across the world have worked on projects to help those with disabilities gain access to the election process. These projects include efforts to form policy about the right for those with disabilities to vote and campaigns to assist disabled voters on polling day.
Poll workers and election observers can take a number of simple yet powerful steps to protect the integrity of the vote and promote trust in the electoral process.
Together, these measures help deter and prevent fraud. These images from around the world show poll workers, observers and citizens working together to make elections transparent and credible.
On May 10, 2010 Filipinos went to the polls to cast ballots for president, vice-president, senators, congressmen, governors, mayors and other key offices in their national and local election. For the first time ever, Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were used nation-wide.
As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES has helped election management bodies (EMBs) around the world set up media centers to facilitate the flow of information and enhance transparency in the electoral process.
Ensuring that all citizens feel safe in participating or competing in the electoral process is one of the greatest challenges in supporting an election process that is inclusive and accessible. Promoting election security involves all actors, from the election management bodies to the security sector to citizens who take a stand against violence.
On Sunday June 27th Guineans will elect their President. With 24 candidates and around 12 favorites, these presidential elections will be the very first real elections in 50 years. It is hoped that they will help Guinea to return to constitutional order and progressively climb the steps towards democracy.
Myanmar held historic by-elections on April 1, to fill 45 vacant parliamentary seats. According to news reports, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, won at least 40 of the 45 contested seats.
IFES held its fourth-annual Photography Contest between January 5 and February 16, 2012. The contest seeks images that illustrate the ways individuals around the world demonstrate a sense of civic responsibility and call to action. This year's contest included more than 450 eligible entries in two categories, one open to the public and the other open to current and former IFES employees.
On February 1 and 2, over 100 representatives from disabled persons' organizations, civil society, election management bodies and government in Southeast Asia, as well as online viewers from around the world, gathered for the first-ever conference in Southeast Asia to promote the equal and full participation of persons with disabilities in democratic processes.
To help local women's organizations in the PNG get the Equality and Participation Bill passed, IFES implemented a training program to boost their skills in professional lobbying.