Iraq emerged as a new democracy in the aftermath of the collapse of decades-long dictatorship, war and isolation and established an independent elections commission to ensure the administration of free and fair elections. Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has successfully administered eight elections since 2003, including the most recent elections for Iraq’s national parliament in 2010. IHEC will continue to administer regional, provincial and national elections in coming years.
USAID has worked closely with the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq’s Electoral Assistance Team to strengthen and improve the capacity of the IHEC. Our assistance was focused on helping strengthen strategic planning, improve internal management and manage the commission’s public outreach.
Our impacts in this sector include:
- Helping IHEC successfully administer eight elections by educating staff about voter and media outreach, monitoring the availability of sufficient equipment and supplies in provincial electoral offices and out-of-country voter systems, and by providing a team of election professionals for technical assistance.
Last updated: May 10, 2013