Conversations and Films: Voter Education Efforts in Liberia
August 31, 2011
In an effort to increase awareness and knowledge on the 23 August constitutional referendum that was held in Liberia, IFES and 18 civil society organizations (CSOs) launched an extensive civic and voter education campaign. Posters were placed throughout Liberian towns and villages, outreach was performed for individuals across the country and a mobile cinema featuring a film on the changes that would be implemented by the referendum went on tour.
Kyrgyzstan's Democratic Experiment
November 17, 2010
On June 27, 2010 Kyrgyzstan adopted a new constitution via nationwide referendum. Introducing a new or revised governing charter was nothing new for the Central Asian republic—they have seen many since their independence in 1991. This new constitution, however, ushered in a new era for the country as it established a parliamentary system that would allow power to be decentralized and shared among different political parties.
Comparative Perspectives on Election Processes in the OSCE Area
October 29, 2010
IFES co-hosted a conference in Washington, D.C. with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly on comparative electoral processes in OSCE presence countries. The event was held on October 29 for more than two dozen members of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly and featured remarks and discussion from distinguished guests including Anders B. Johnsson, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Justice Paul H. Anderson, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, John Hardin Young, and the Honorable Ellen Weintraub, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Election Commission.
Top Elections NGO Honors Pioneer of Electoral Democracy in Africa
October 26, 2010
Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, chairman of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, is the recipient of this year’s Joe C. Baxter Award. The Baxter Award is presented annually to professionals whose work epitomizes the mission of IFES—to promote citizen participation, transparency, and accountability in political life and civil society. “Dr. Afari-Gyan has made remarkable contributions to electoral democracy in Ghana, Africa, and throughout the world. He is a shining example of how much one individual can contribute to the advancement of a human right,” says Bill Sweeney, IFES president and CEO.