Morocco

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides information and technical support to Moroccan stakeholders including the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), civil society organizations, academics, and constitutional law practitioners. IFES conducted in-country assessments for the 2015 municipal and regional elections and the 2016 parliamentary elections. These assessments focused on access for persons with disabilities, the general electoral framework, and the political context surrounding the elections. IFES has also participated in seminars and conferences to provide international comparative best practices and recommendations on electoral reform. In 2016, IFES rolled out a cross-platform smartphone application that digitizes an electoral access sign language lexicon. The application communicates the lexicon to deaf and non-deaf persons in French, Arabic, and Moroccan Sign Language (MSL), using intuitive and user-friendly mobile technology.

IFES’ past projects in Morocco include working closely with local organizations to improve the status of women in Morocco and to increase access to the political process for persons with disabilities.