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IFES, Korean Election Commission Launch Joint Effort to Promote Democracy and Fair Elections


WASHINGTON — Representatives of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Election Commission (NEC) of the Republic of Korea today signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their resources and expertise in elections management in a new set of initiatives.

Through this agreement, IFES and the NEC plan to facilitate training, research and information exchanges among election officials, media, civil society and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. They also will support the work and mission of the Association of Asian Election Authorities.

“We are excited about the possibilities this unique agreement will provide,” said IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney. “Not only will it allow IFES and the NEC to expand our training and research capabilities around the world, it is also a chance to deepen our engagement with officials working on the ground to ensure free and transparent electoral practices in Asia.” 

Possible activities outlined by the memorandum include:

  • Organizing international events, forums and meetings to share knowledge and experiences in elections management and democratic development;
  • Collaborating on research initiatives, technical training and assistance that will strengthen understanding of democratic processes;
  • Issuing joint publications on democratic institutions and issues; and
  • Arranging exchange visits among staff and practitioners with partner organizations.

IFES currently holds similar regional agreements with election management bodies in India, Mexico, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. These partnerships help IFES establish regional networks of professionals and resources to address specific electoral needs and endure beyond a single election.


IFES is an independent, nonprofit leader in election assistance and democracy promotion. Since its founding in 1987, IFES has worked in 133 countries, from developing to mature democracies.