Electoral System Design

Open and transparent electoral system design can be an effective mechanism for voters to express their will and shape the democratic institutions of the country. The design of a country's electoral system has a direct impact on how various stakeholders interact with the political process, including the formation and development of political parties; representation of ideological and geographic interests; and opportunities for women, minorities, and marginalized groups to participate fully in the electoral and political process. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been the global leader in electoral system design for over 30 years, bringing comparative expertise, innovation, and impartial technical advice to support the design of systems that are fair, representative, suited to the country's context, and accessible for all stakeholders.