IFES Asia Programs
IFES actions and programs in Asia
Corruption and campaign violence are the hallmarks of politics in the Philippines, and several official and quasi-governmental organizations have sprung up to monitor elections and corruption in the 2007 elections. Both types of organizations are receiving financial and consulting assistance from IFES and USAID. Even with this outside assistance it is widely expected that both corruption and violence will be rampant in the period leading up to the elections. The electoral campaign also coincides with a wave of repression that has seen a senior opponent killed and the wounding or imprisonment of scores of others.
- Jeannette I. Andrade And Maricel V. Cruz, Dirty cash to fuel 2007 poll violence, Manila Times, 24 January 2007.
In Dec 2006, an announcement revealed that IFES was involved in the elections for Aceh -- which would determine its status in Indonesia. NB: Exxon Mobil seeks to develop oil and gas fields in the area.(Source viewed 8 Dec 2006).