Dear Friends and Supporters of IFES,
In March 2018, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) assessed the status of electoral preparations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ahead of the presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections scheduled for December 23, 2018.
A policy brief co-authored by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Senior Gender Specialist Dr. Gabrielle Bardall and Alliance for Peacebuilding Research Associate Emily Myers was featured in the 2018 U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security Policy Brief Series.
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.