The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides partners around the world with critical information and technical assistance to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health crisis. With the COVID-19 Briefing Series, for example, IFES covered crucial issues ranging from safe a
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council appoints Special Rapporteurs to monitor, advise and publicly report on human rights situations and violations around the world.
After decades of power centralized in the executive, the Maldives’ 2008 Constitution introduced separation of powers and created “independent institutions to monitor the three branches of power and safeguard human rights.” The Election Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission and other independent institutions must have sufficient autonomy to operate effectively and carry out their mandates witho
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in June 2021 is a milestone event that will reflect on progress made under the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) since its inception.
Civil society actors have an important role to play in ensuring that democratic principles are upheld around the world to protect and preserve fundamental rights. The coronavirus pandemic has inevitably impacted all aspects of social, economic and political life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated debate around alternative voting methods. A growing number of democracies successfully operate distance voting, in which ballots are delivered to voters’ home and voters then return ballots by mail or in person.
At its core, the Virtual U.S. Election Program (USEP) is a platform and gathering space for supporters of elections and democracy worldwide.
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Governments should consider innovative measures to safeguard democratic elections from the risks associated with COVID-19, says a new briefing published by the British Academy and co-authored by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) experts.