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December 2016

Elections to Watch in 2017

Elections are markers of political development and social change. Given the stakes involved, elections are often very consequential and have long-lasting significance. When conducted efficiently and administered well, they demonstrate the power of the vote and provide a basis for accountable governance. When elections go badly, they foment distrust, disorder and conflict. Every election in any country is important in its own right, yet from a global perspective certain elections each year hold greater significance or influence. The elections discussed in this article demand close watching in 2017.

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Giving a Voice: IFES’ 2016 Year in Review

As IFES prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, this year we continued our work around the world to ensure that citizens have a say in how they are governed. In countries like Jordan, Georgia and Haiti, IFES contributed its expertise as the global leader in democracy promotion to assist our local partners in conducting credible elections. Our reputation as a thought leader in the field of election administration was bolstered by the 2016 U.S. Election Program and the Seventh Global Elections Organization Conference, as well as the production of a number of technical publications on important electoral issues. Learn more about IFES’ work to give a vote to every voice in 2016.

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Give A Voice

Voting is a human right. In this time of great change and even greater opportunity, only you can help #GiveAVoice to millions of people in emerging democracies. In honor of its forthcoming 30th anniversary, IFES set a goal to raise $3,000 by December 31, for its most innovative and challenging programs across the globe. Won’t you please make a special donation to help us reach our goal?

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Video: 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. You can watch the remarks and plenary sessions from the 2016 USEP and GEO-7 on IFES.org.

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IFES Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held on December 3, commemorates the human rights of persons with disabilities. This year we also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For nearly 30 years, IFES has worked to support the political rights of men and women with disabilities, recognizing that all people should have an equal opportunity to contribute their voice within the political life of their communities.

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Notes on Democracy

Human Rights Day, observed on December 10th, celebrates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. On this occasion, IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney wrote a letter affirming the organization’s commitment to support all citizens’ rights to participate in free, fair and inclusive elections.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for an Elections Management Specialist and Project Director position in Sierra Leone. We are also accepting applications for a Senior Program Manager for Latin America.

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