Kyrgyzstan Political Processes Program: IFES

Father teaches his son why he should vote. This PSA was produced by alumni of Democracy Camps supported by IFES.
Father teaches his son why he should vote. This PSA was produced by alumni of Democracy Camps supported by IFES.
IFES / USAID

Duration: April 1, 2012 – September 30, 2016

Implementing Partner: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Total budget (for Consortium): $7,845,732

Key Partners: Central Commission on Elections and Referenda; Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Activity Locations: Nationwide

IFES activities under this program are designed to build and sustain the capacity of election administrative bodies and increase the civic knowledge and engagement of young people in the Kyrgyz Republic.

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

This program is implemented by all three members of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS): International Republic Institute (IRI), International Foundation for Elections Support (IFES)and National Democratic Institute (NDI).

IFES program activities include:

  • Supporting the Central Election Commission (CEC) in strategic planning and conducting training of electoral management bodies
  • Providing politically neutral technical expertise to the Electoral Reform Working group
  • Working with the State Registry Service (SRS) to develop operational plan and train representatives
  • Putting civic awareness and engagement principles as well as voter education into practice through Democracy Camps, youth forums, and other interactive tools and activities

EXPECTED RESULTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Under this program, IFES provides support to the CEC and SRS – responsible for election administration, vote tabulation, and voter registration and identification. In order to build institutional capacity and enhance the sustainability of Kyrgyzstan’s election commissions at all levels, IFES continues to assist the CEC and SRS in improving organizational management and conduct strategic planning for the 2016-2017 election cycle. To that end, IFES worked closely with the CEC and SRS in preparation for the October 2015 Parliamentary elections and first cycle of 2016 local kenesh elections. IFES organized crucial trainings designed to improve the ability of Election Management Bodies (EMB) to efficiently administer elections, and State Registry Service personnel to manage the voter registry. IFES also coordinated with the CEC to reconcile its training materials with the new electoral law, in order to provide EMBs with the most up-to-date user manuals. In an effort to ensure inclusiveness in the October elections, IFES led the development and printing of 5,000 Braille information sheets in Kyrgyz and Russian, as well as 2,500 tactile ballot guides, to be used by visually impaired voters across the country. In an effort to increase the transparency of the electoral process and the work of the CEC, IFES provided assistance in the dissemination of electoral updates for international stakeholders through a series of press releases prior to the parliamentary elections.

IFES continues to support development of the E-learning platform, designed for expedient and efficient training of electoral management bodies across Kyrgyzstan, while also strengthening the CEC. IFES continually participates in regular meetings of the President’s Electoral Law Reform Working Group, and regularly facilitates meetings of the Laboratory of Electoral Risks (LER), providing a forum for local experts to assess and analyze latest election trends.

During the 2015-2016 school year, IFES prepared a CD version of its Civic Education Teachers’ Sourcebook, a collection of practical activities, texts, and methodological recommendations for organizing lessons in the integrated civic education course. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, 2,400 Sourcebook CDs will be disseminated to schools throughout the Kyrgyz Republic prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, IFES held two Democracy Camps in the summer of 2015 which provided 120 students with the opportunity to study civic participation and representative governance in a hands-on active learning environment, while developing leadership, self-confidence, and public speaking skills. Notably, IFES also continues to support Camp alumni and their community initiatives through the Democracy Camp Alumni Network, which is a component of the Men Ozum Chechem (“I Decide Myself”) youth outreach campaign.

Last updated: February 16, 2017

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