Sri Lanka’s February 10, 2018 local government election introduced numerous changes to the electoral system including a shift from a proportional representation system to a mixed member proportional representation system and adoption of Sri Lanka’s first-ever women’s quota. Such significant changes necessitated intensive voter education throughout Sri Lanka. Under its U.S.
In December 2017, @IFESDisability posted photos of disability rights advocates from around the world with statements that supported the rights of women and youth with disabilities to take part in political life.
On November 26, 2017, Nepal held the first phase of its first national and state-level legislature elections since the promulgation of its new constitution on September 20, 2015. Voters headed to one of 2,919 polling locations across 32 districts in the hill and mountain regions of Nepal, with the remaining 45 districts preparing to vote on December 7.
On November 2, 2017, staff held a party to celebrate the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) 30th anniversary and test their knowledge of current events, elections, geography, the 1980s, and IFES. The Electoral College T-Rex even paid a surprise visit to IFES’ headquarters to meet staff and learn more about other electoral systems.
On October 15, the Kyrgyz Republic held presidential elections. The election took place in the context of legal changes introduced by the 2016 constitutional referendum and the 2017 amendments to the Constitutional Law on presidential and parliamentary elections.
On October 10, Liberians went to the polls to elect their next president and vice president and all 73 members of the House of Representatives. Although the election took place during the rainy season, the weather was uncharacteristically – and fortuitously – sunny. Polling stations opened at 8:00 a.m.
On October 2, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held its Eighth Annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards and 2017 Joe C. Baxter Award ceremony in Washington D.C.
“I have never voted before, mostly because I wasn't interested. Today, at the last day of the workshop, I decided to participate in every future election, whether they be local or national. I know that is it both my right and responsibility to vote and participate in decision making.”
- Kapila Ramanayaka, civil society member
An image of Sri Lankan youth displaying a kite decorated to promote their voting rights during an event co-hosted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Election Commission of Sri Lanka was selected as the Grand Prize winner of the IFES 2017 Photography Contest.
On June 1, the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (EC) held a youth event at the University of Colombo as part of Sri Lanka’s annual National Voters’ Day celebration. The chairman of the Election Commission (EC) along with students and youth organization representatives opened the event.