MoU with Australian Electoral Commission Promotes Collaboration in the Asia-Pacific Region

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IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury (left) meets with AEC Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers (right).

On November 6, 2018, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) celebrated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Washington, D.C. The MoU reaffirms the longstanding relationship between IFES and the AEC and reflects the shared commitment to strengthen institutions and processes for elections and democratic governance globally.

To date, IFES and the AEC have worked together on the development of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) professional training methodology and curriculum and collaborated on the implementation of programs in Myanmar and Papua New Guinea in the Asia-Pacific region to deliver high-level electoral assistance.

This MoU underpins future collaboration between IFES and the AEC including the continued development and delivery of the BRIDGE trainings, facilitation of knowledge exchanges between the organizations, organization international forums and events and other projects that help strengthen democratic institutions and processes. The MoU was signed by AEC Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers and IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury.