IFES Condemns Attack on Libyan High National Elections Commission

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Publication Date: 
2 May 2018

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ARLINGTON, VA — (May 2, 2018) — The following is a statement by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Bill Sweeney:

IFES strongly condemns today’s attack on the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in Tripoli. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and remain committed to supporting a credible and peaceful electoral process through which all Libyans can have a voice in the way they are governed. Today’s attack was a deliberate attempt to undermine the work of the HNEC and prevent Libyan citizens from exercising their rights as voters.

IFES works closely with electoral stakeholders in Libya to enhance the professionalism of electoral authorities and increase civic engagement among voters. Since 2012, IFES has partnered with the HNEC to provide technical support on strategic planning, electoral regulations and procedures, and strategic communications, all of which will be important for the coming elections. IFES also supports the HNEC to promote the inclusion of marginalized populations in the electoral process, particularly women and persons with disabilities.