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November 2016

The 2016 U.S. Election Program and Seventh Global Elections Organization Conference

From November 6-10, IFES gathered 550 participants from 90 countries for the 2016 U.S. Election Program (USEP) and Seventh Global Elections Organization Conference (GEO-7). The 2016 USEP and GEO-7 was the largest international gathering of election professionals of the year, with representatives from Albania to Zimbabwe in attendance.


IFES Honors Tunisia’s Chafik Sarsar with 2016 Joe C. Baxter Award

On Tuesday, November 8, IFES honored Chafik Sarsar, President of Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections, with its 2016 Joe C. Baxter Award for excellence in election administration at a reception ceremony held during the 2016 U.S. Election Program.

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Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview

Electoral participation by internally displaced persons (IDPs) is a challenging undertaking, but one that is becoming increasingly relevant as current estimates indicate over 40 million IDPs worldwide. IFES’ “Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview” represents the culmination of intensive research, which is intended to further develop IDP electoral rights. IFES will utilize this information in program implementation and to serve IDP populations globally by bringing international attention to this important issue, as well as by providing best strategies and approaches applicable in specific countries’ context.

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IFES Launches POWER Program to Promote Women’s Political Participation in Sri Lanka

In October, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, launched an Australian-funded program to enhance women’s participation in local governance in Sri Lanka. As part of the program, IFES is working with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, the Institute for Local Governance, and local partners to implement its “Promoting Women’s Electoral Representation” (POWER) project.

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IFES Creates an Electoral Lexicon in Moroccan Sign Language

In collaboration with a Moroccan Sign Language (MSL) consultant, IFES as part of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening adopted the IFES Electoral Lexicon to MSL, improving access to civic education information among the deaf community.

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Notes on Democracy

Access to Justice and Electoral Integrity

What is the importance of granting access to justice for the rule of law and electoral integrity? What are the key principles for effective, timely and impartial administration of justice? The Kofi Annan Foundation’s policy brief, entitled “Access to Justice and Electoral Integrity,” reviews international standards and best practices in which key principles are applied at the crossroads of elections and human rights. It demonstrates the importance of an effective institutional framework that provides legal redress to protect and effectively exercise rights linked to political participation and representation, as well as the remedies and reparations of those violations.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Chief of Party position in Georgia. We are also accepting applications for a Director of Accounting position. 

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