Elections Support Program

Iraqis went to the polls on May 12, 2018, the fourth parliamentary vote since the toppling of the regime of Saddam Hussein. Iraq has seen a succession of democratically elected leaders and parliamentarians, including women, but has still been experiencing serious challenges to its democracy as well as security.

The Iraq Elections Support Program was a part of the larger Governance and Performance Accountability Program and supported Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary elections by working with the civil society to observe elections before, during, and after election day, and to conduct voter education for internally displaced persons and minorities to encourage their participation.

It was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by DAI through Creative Associates International.

With a focus on local ownership and sustainability, the program strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations to observe elections, conducted civic and voter education; implemented innovative campaigns, using traditional and social media monitoring; organized issue-specific public dialogue events; and provided reporting on election related developments.

In close collaboration with civil society organizations, Creative developed a strategic Election Day plan and deployed some 3,000 observers in the governorates of Anbar, Basra, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and the Kurdistan Region.

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