A new Lebanese government was established in December 2016 and enacted a new election law in 2017. The new law will be in force for parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on May 6, 2018, the first since June 2009.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) recently concluded a two-year Technical Leadership project examining the abuse of state resources (ASR) in election campaigns.
International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) Senior Gender Specialist Gabrielle Bardall contributed an article on “Violence, Politics, and Gender” to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
As part of its annual report, the Wilson Center Africa Program asked IFES Regional Director for Africa Rushdi Nackerdien to contribute an essay on recent African elections. His piece, “The Elections We Want,” covered 2017 elections in Angola, Rwanda, Liberia, Senegal, the Gambia, and Kenya, and their implications for election practitioners moving forward.
Democracies at various phases of development and consolidation have proven vulnerable to hate speech and its ill-effects. Election campaigns provide particularly fertile ground for hate speech and incitement to violence and the authority wielded by, and the amplifying effect of, mass and social media, have been a significant factor in recent years.
IFES Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist Virginia Atkinson, Senior Inclusion Officer Rebecca Aaberg, and Senior Global Electoral Adviser Staffan Darnolf contributed an article on "Disability Rights and Election Observation: Increasing Access to the Political Process," to Volume 35 of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights.
For Timor-Leste's 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems supported local disabled people’s organization (DPO) Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO) to conduct disability access monitoring.
Our organization experienced a number of transitions and achievements in 2016. Our team has fully settled into our new office space in Arlington, Virginia. The move in late 2015 did not disrupt our work and in 2016 we have come to embrace our new neighborhood and modern work environment.
Women in Bangladesh are uniquely impacted by pervasive violence in the country’s electoral process, as voters, candidates, political party supporters and activists.
The abuse of state resources can be a major corruptive force in the electoral process, as it can introduce or exacerbate power inequalities, give unfair electoral advantage to incumbents, compromise the integrity of an election, and reduce public trust in the legitimacy of the process and its outcomes.