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January 2018

Vice President of Programs Testifies on Capitol Hill on Upcoming Elections in Latin America

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On January 10, IFES Vice President of Programs Michael Svetlik provided testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He was invited to speak to Members of Congress on “Upcoming Elections in the Western Hemisphere: Implications for U.S. Policy,” in particular about the strengths of electoral institutions in the region and assistance provided by the U.S. government.

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MoU with Mexico’s TEPJF Enhances Electoral Integrity Efforts

On December 12, IFES and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch of Mexico (TEPJF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), further substantiating a longstanding relationship and shared commitment to electoral justice and integrity. The signing of the MoU comes at a time when elections face new challenges around the world, and Mexico in particular has a demanding year ahead with elections for president, Senate and representatives, some governors and some local positions slated to happen concurrently for the first time in July 2018.

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Disability Rights and Election Observation: Increasing Access to the Political Process

IFES Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist Virginia Atkinson, Senior Inclusion Officer Rebecca Aaberg, and Senior Global Electoral Adviser Staffan Darnolf contributed an article on "Disability Rights and Election Observation: Increasing Access to the Political Process" to the Nordic Journal of Human Rights. The article identifies areas where inclusion of people with disabilities in election observation could be improved, thereby leading to increased access to the political process; summarizes the key international and regional standards that outline the political rights of people with disabilities; and explores the extent to which international electoral observation missions are inclusive.

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Advancing Disability Rights in Southeast Asia through Regional Network of Advocates

In 2011, IFES established the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) across Southeast Asia. A creative partnership between disabled persons’ organizations and election-focused civil society organizations, AGENDA serves as a forum to improve access to political and electoral opportunities for persons with disabilities by increasing public awareness and elevating advocacy efforts that call for change.

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"Elections and You" Promotes Peaceful Polls in Liberia

In partnership with the National Elections Commission and 27 grassroots civil society organizations in all 15 counties of the country, the IFES Liberia team developed a creative and compelling voter education and awareness campaign for the 2017 general elections. IFES Liberia's “Elections and You” success story features Korta Togba, of the New Liberia Media Initiative, explaining how IFES’ support enabled messages about the importance of peaceful elections to be disseminated throughout Liberia.

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Notes on Democracy

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Countering Hate Speech in Elections: Strategies for Electoral Management Bodies, authored by IFES' Technical Lead on Elections, Conflict, and Security Vasu Mohan and Senior Elections Specialist Catherine Barnes, aims to help electoral management bodies better understand the range of issues surrounding hate speech during the electoral cycle, the regulatory and non-regulatory options that may be brought to bear, and how to build partnerships with stakeholders to ensure that elections are free, fair, inclusive and safe.

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IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Senior Program Administrator. We are also accepting applications for an Operations Officer in Ukraine.

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