Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA) - IFES

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2018-2022 • $30 million • Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) Partners - International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and National Democratic Institute (NDI)

USAID, along with its Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) partners support the Libyan government and the Libyan people as they navigate the country’s ongoing transition to a stable, sovereign and democratic state. Under the umbrella of the Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA), CEPPS partners and USAID support institutions that manage Libya’s elections and democracy-promoting civil society organizations to ensure transparent, credible and inclusive elections and decision-making processes. USAID finances technical support that strengthens electoral regulations and procedures, strategic communications, electoral dispute resolution, and inclusion of Libya’s marginalized communities. USAID partners also promote civic education and  political participation.

International Foundation for Electoral Systems’s (IFES) Mandate Under LELSA

$13.3 (out of $30) million • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Under the Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA) umbrella, CEPPS implementing partner IFES, focuses on building the capacity of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE), the Judiciary, and other government stakeholders to effectively manage and implement electoral and political processes that are transparent and credible. The program also works on advancing civic education through a partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), and continues to work with civil society to build civic awareness and understanding of Libya’s political transition to enhance citizens’ meaningful participation in electoral and political processes. The program promotes conflict-mitigation efforts through voter education activities and conflict sensitive reporting. IFES also partnered with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA) to raise awareness and understanding of hate speech and disinformation (HSD), and freedom of expression. Finally, by working with formal and informal oversight mechanisms to oversee and report on political activities, the program helps bolster transparency and trust in the electoral process.    


  • Provide technical support and advice to the HNEC and the CCMCE, on topics such as strategic communication and planning, electoral dispute resolution, public outreach, voter registration, capacity development, and development of regulations and procedures.

  • Increase public awareness and understanding of processes related to Libya’s political transition by supporting effective and credible official and unofficial outreach by government and civil society actors using traditional and non-traditional media.

  • Ensure a unified legislative framework for elections and implementation of electoral events, and provide technical support and advice to the judiciary on the legal framework for elections and electoral dispute resolution.

  • Enhance both governmental and citizen oversight of electoral processes, for example through media and political finance monitoring.

  • Increase women’s and marginalized groups’ genuine inclusion and participation in Libyan electoral and civic processes and increase awareness and access to elections for persons with disabilities.

  • Support citizen-led efforts to mitigate and reduce instances and threats of electoral violence, particularly violence against women.

  • Increase awareness on hate speech, disinformation and freedom of speech by supporting media campaigns, conducting youth media literacy programs, and training CSOs to implement advocacy campaigns that hold democratic actors accountable for countering HSD.

  • Provide comprehensive outreach support in advance of elections planned for December 24, 2021. 


Last updated: July 28, 2021

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