On October 10, Liberians went to the polls to elect their next president and vice president and all 73 members of the House of Representatives. Although the election took place during the rainy season, the weather was uncharacteristically – and fortuitously – sunny. Polling stations opened at 8:00 a.m.
On October 2, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held its Eighth Annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards and 2017 Joe C. Baxter Award ceremony in Washington D.C.
“I have never voted before, mostly because I wasn't interested. Today, at the last day of the workshop, I decided to participate in every future election, whether they be local or national. I know that is it both my right and responsibility to vote and participate in decision making.”
- Kapila Ramanayaka, civil society member
An image of Sri Lankan youth displaying a kite decorated to promote their voting rights during an event co-hosted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Election Commission of Sri Lanka was selected as the Grand Prize winner of the IFES 2017 Photography Contest.
On June 1, the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (EC) held a youth event at the University of Colombo as part of Sri Lanka’s annual National Voters’ Day celebration. The chairman of the Election Commission (EC) along with students and youth organization representatives opened the event.
On May 14, 2017, Nepal held phase one of the first local elections in 20 years. More than 14 million voters across 75 districts were registered to elect 34,908 local-level legislative and executive representatives over two phases – the second phase of the election is scheduled for June 14.
As part of its Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded “Promotion of Women’s Electoral Representation” (POWER) program, from January to December 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) implemented a women’s leadership training called “She Leads SL.” The trainings, which reached over 470 women around the country, aimed to build practical campaign skills
On January 29, Haitians headed to the polls for legislative and local elections. Citizens voted for eight senators in second-round elections, one member to the Chamber of Deputies, and members of various local offices. In total, over 30,000 candidates were vying for seats in these elections. Preliminary elections results are expected by February 9.
From November 6-10, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) gathered 550 participants from 90 countries for the 2016 U.S. Election Program (USEP) and Seventh Global Elections Organization Conference (GEO-7).
On September 13, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held its seventh annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards ceremony in Washington D.C. This event brings diverse groups of domestic and international leaders together who share a belief in advancing good governance and democratic rights by empowering and encouraging active citizen participation.