Electoral Violence

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) defines electoral violence as any harm or threat of harm to any person or property involved in the election process, or the process itself, during the election period.

The risk of violence is present in nearly every election. Over the last three decades, IFES has developed context-specific electoral assistance strategies to enable hundreds of electoral management bodies, civil society organizations, political parties, community leaders and security agencies to better manage that risk.

IFES’ work has been bolstered by its Election Violence Education and Resolution (EVER) methodology and projects which use a holistic, human-centered approach to support local partners in their efforts to monitor, mitigate and share information on electoral violence. The EVER methodology provides a framework for systematic information gathering, standards for verification, and analysis of tensions and community indicators. Project activities bring together organizations, election officials, government leaders and security bodies to build capacity so they can work together to promote violence-free elections.

EVER activities have included risk assessments, mapping, monitoring and reporting, advocacy, early warning and public education. Training modules, online tools and data management systems, advocacy guidelines, public reporting tips and other tailored products have been implemented based on partner and country needs. To date, EVER has been implemented in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia (Aceh), Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, and Timor Leste.