On November 2, 2017, staff held a party to celebrate the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) 30th anniversary and test their knowledge of current events, elections, geography, the 1980s, and IFES. The Electoral College T-Rex even paid a surprise visit to IFES’ headquarters to meet staff and learn more about other electoral systems.
On October 15, the Kyrgyz Republic held presidential elections. The election took place in the context of legal changes introduced by the 2016 constitutional referendum and the 2017 amendments to the Constitutional Law on presidential and parliamentary elections.
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 April 6, 2017, the Gambia held its first democratic National Assembly legislative elections after the December 2016 presidential election ousted autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh from office and brought President Adama Barrow to power.