On February 16, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held its first-ever Voter Education Film Festival.
Distributing accurate and timely messages and countering the spread of misinformation is critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria initially postponed several by-elections and local elections that had been scheduled for March 2020. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently drafted a policy on conducting elections in the context of the pandemic and has been consulting stakeholders to gather feedback.
People with disabilities encounter discrimination and numerous barriers to inclusion in society, which can result in reduced participation in political and public life. Many of these barriers, especially communication barriers, have been compounded by COVID-19.
Like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) believes that citizen-responsive governance is critical in ensuring that countries reach their full potential. However, in many countries large segments of society lack the political rights and power to ensure that their governments are responsive to their needs.
Active engagement of young people in political processes is critical to ensure governments are representative of youth and aware of their priorities. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports youth participation in elections and all political processes through contextualized civic and voter education programs.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ “Support for Electoral Reforms Project” produced two smart card reader training videos for poll workers in Nigeria – one on the process of verifiying and authenticating voters and another on the process of e-transmission of results. The videos were