From August 31 through September 2, 2017, election officials from over 50 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania, for the third General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and an international conference entitled "Counting the Ballots and Accounting for the Votes: The Use of Technology for Enhancing the Transparency of the Electoral Processes.” International Foundatio
In 2007, the United Nations declared September 15 International Day of Democracy, with the aim of promoting and protecting democratic principles. At the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), we have supported these principles for three decades, working to ensure that every voice has a vote.
On September 7, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a delegation of eight Egyptian college students to discuss IFES’ projects in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Women with disabilities encounter multiple barriers and discrimination as a result of their gender and because they have a disability. Women with disabilities may be further marginalized from the political process; they are less likely to be educated than others and less likely to have access to decision-making authorities.
In July 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), working closely with the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) Gender Section, developed new tools to enhance the engagement of persons with disabilities in political life.
On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, members of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Africa team delivered books collected for its Mandela Day Book Drive to Turner Elementary School in neighboring Congress Heights.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the passing of Uva Provincial Councillor Senarath Attanayake. He died in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 29. Our sincerest thoughts are with his wife, Lasanthi, daughter Chetianga, and the rest of his family and friends.
On August 22, 2017, the Pakistani National Assembly passed Election Bill, 2017, a major achievement for electoral reform in Pakistan. Most notably, Election Bill, 2017 consolidates nine election laws and empowers the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to operate independently, including establishing rules without the approval of the government.
“The vote of an illiterate voter carries the same weight as that of the president of the Republic,” commented Chafik Sarsar, president of the High Independent Authority for Elections (ISIE), after the presentation of the results of the first-ever study of electoral participation of illiterate Tunisians.
During any democratic election, the need for transparency and up-to-date information is paramount to the credibility of the vote. As Election Day looms, an election management body (EMB) faces increased scrutiny from local and international journalists and observers. What's more, EMBs are ultimately accountable to provide citizens with accurate information.