Electoral Fraud and Malpractice

Establishing legitimacy and credibility is vital to a newly formed government. The effects of electoral fraud can be especially devastating in new democracies since serious fraud is likely to result in instability and an immediate erosion of the new government’s tenuous credibility.

Over the past three decades, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems has worked to help countries around the globe establish electoral systems and procedures that mitigate fraud and meet international standards for democratic elections.