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26/10/2012: Monsod to Receive US Award for Electoral Reforms in PH

26 October 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Christian Monsod will receive the prestigious Joe C. Baxter Award from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for reshaping electoral administration in the Philippines.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy said Monsod, who is also the founder of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) and a leading figure of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), will receive the award on 5 November 2012 in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. marking the 25th anniversary of the IFES.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said Chairman Monsod was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Joe C. Baxter Award for his role in reshaping electoral administration in the Philippines by building transparent processes and ensuring greater participation of traditionally marginalized populations.

“We congratulate Chairman Monsod for empowering the Filipino people with his legacy of electoral reforms,” said Ambassador Cuisia, also a former Namfrel chair. “We thank IFES not only for this recognition of Chairman Monsod’s contributions but also for its own efforts to help strengthen the Philippine electoral process.”

The IFES presents the Joe C. Baxter Award annually to recognize the contribution of a professional whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of former IFES Senior Advisor for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter. Baxter had a firm commitment to the principles of local ownership, transparency and sustainability of electoral administration.

The presentation of the Joe C. Baxter Award is the highlight of the US Election Program that IFES is hosting in Washington D.C.  from 4 to 7 November 2012. Over 300 election officials, parliamentarians and diplomats from over 50 countries will be in the US capital to observe the US presidential elections as well as discuss elections and voting from comparative international perspectives.

IFES is a Washington-based NGO that was established in 1987 to support citizen’s right to participate in free and fair elections around the globe. It has worked in over 135 countries, including the Philippines, by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.

In the Philippines, IFES is assisting in efforts to get more indigenous people (IP) to participate in next year’s elections by assisting the Inter-Agency and People’s Organization Network on Empowering IPs in the Electoral Process that was convened by the Comelec early this year.

IFES is assisting the working group by facilitating partnerships; sharing international standards and best practices on IP suffrage; and supporting the process of proposing electoral mechanisms that would benefit IP communities. ###