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A Look at Nigeria's 2015 General Elections

April 14, 2015

Nigeria’s 2015 general elections were widely watched by observers, with significant implications for the democratic future of the country. Despite security concerns stemming from Boko Haram, election observation missions applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its impartiality and professionalism and Nigerians for their enthusiastic participation. While observation missions noted the challenges presented by the use of new technologies, the 2015 general elections were a major development for Nigeria. Indeed, the winning candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, is the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria, setting an important democratic precedent for the country.

Women’s Leadership Training in the Maldives

March 18, 2015

From February 10-12, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) conducted a Women’s Leadership Training in the Maldives for 28 female representatives from each of the country’s four main political parties; gender focal points at various government offices; and female managers from government bodies as well as the private sector. The training – informed by a needs assessment conducted in the weeks prior to the event – provided participants with a rare opportunity for women to come together across political party lines; learn about domestic violence laws in the Maldives; and build a strong women’s network.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Citizens in Charge: Strengthening Participation in Latin America

February 19, 2015

An informed citizenry is crucial for a vibrant and resilient democracy. IFES engages in a variety of civic education activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including informing voters of their rights and responsibilities and empowering them to have a voice in the way they are governed. These photos underscore the role citizens can play in democracy.

All Election Management

The Third Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections in Jakarta

February 18, 2015

In January 2015, the third Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections was successfully hosted by the General Election Commission of Indonesia (KPU), the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), and the General Election Network on Disability Access (AGENDA), a Southeast Asian coalition of disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), election monitoring groups, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), that is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). At the conference, more than 200 representatives from DPOs, election management bodies, governments, media, and international organizations attended from 28 countries across Southeast Asia and beyond, such as Egypt, Georgia, India, Libya, and the Republic of Korea. Discussions and panels addressed the emerging need to reach youth with disabilities, how to collaborate with media for greater representation in election coverage, and strategies for improved implementation of key international and regional policies, such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real.”

All Inclusion and Empowerment, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Citizen Participation

Liberians Vote in Delayed Special Senate Elections

January 14, 2015

Originally slated for October 14, 2014, Liberia's special senatorial elections were moved to December 20 due to the Ebola outbreak. Amid this public health crisis, Liberians headed to the polls to elect half of the country's 30-member Senate. With the State of Emergency imposed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expiring in November, the conduct of this election was an important marker of the progress made in the fight against Ebola. Four different teams from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) deployed to the counties of Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi and Grand Bassa in central Liberia to witness the vote.

All Election Management

Tunisians Proud to Vote in an Historic Presidential Election

November 24, 2014

On November 23, 2014, Tunisians went to the polls for the first direct election of a President in the country’s history. During this historic day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) visited polling stations and witnessed the professional, efficient conduct of the election. While the official results have yet to be announced, participation was high across the country; the High Independent Authority on Elections (ISIE) announced that voter turnout reached 64.6 percent.


Throughout Tunisia, voters brought their children with them as they voted, demonstrating their confidence in the security of the polls. When the polls opened at 8 a.m., IFES witnessed the celebratory, exhilarating atmosphere, as Tunisians quickly entered Polling Centers to cast their vote and exercise their fundamental human right: to have a say in how they are governed. Click through this gallery to see images from Tunisia’s momentous Election Day.

Tunisia Reopens Media Center for Presidential Elections

November 21, 2014

On November 20, 2014, Tunisia’s High Independent Authority for Elections (ISIE) held a press conference to reopen its Media Center for the November 23 presidential election. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) worked closely with its ISIE partners in conceptualizing and creating the Center for the October parliamentary elections and the November presidential vote. The Media Center serves as a platform for the ISIE to communicate election related information to citizens, journalists, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders. It also brings transparency and credibility to the election process. Click through this photo gallery to see the impressive and important results of this effort.


Media Relations, All Election Management

IFES Experts Speak on U.S. Capitol Hill

November 20, 2014

On November 13 and 14, experts from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) were called on to speak on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, November 13, Senior Gender Specialist Jessica Huber was invited by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) to speak as part of the World of Women for World Peace conference. Huber was joined by other distinguished panelists.

On Friday, IFES Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Asia Gavin Weise provided a briefing to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission) about Ukraine’s recent parliamentary elections. He highlighted the conduct and results of the elections. He was joined by representatives from IFES partners the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, as well as the Ukrainian citizen network OPORA.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment, All Election Management

A Look at Election Management Worldwide

November 19, 2014

Quality election management is a vital core of democracy. A legitimate electoral process and public confidence in democratic governance depends on both the actual and perceived integrity of an election. Special focus on the role and challenges of electoral management is required in order to conduct a free and fair election. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems works with election management bodies (EMBs) around the world on all aspects of election administration in all phases of the electoral cycle, from pre-election preparation to announcing results.

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IFES’ 2014 U.S. Election Program

November 07, 2014

For almost three decades, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has supported citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections around the globe. Since 1992, IFES has hosted a flagship event, the U.S. Election Program, which brings together election officials, parliamentarians and diplomats from around the world to observe and learn about the U.S. electoral system as well as discuss elections and voting from comparative international perspectives.

This year’s program was held from November 2-5, in Washington, D.C., and provided a range of educational and networking opportunities for executives responsible for elections and voting.

See coverage of select panels by C-SPAN.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment