Open call for short-term election observers (STOs)

2021-08-03T16:49:59+00:00August 2nd, 2021|Elections, Observation missions - Active calls|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. This includes electoral processes. We recruit, train and deploy election observers to undertake long and short-term observations around the world. We also recruit observers on behalf of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We are [...]

No longer recruiting long-term observers for the State Duma Election in the Russian Federation

2021-08-05T09:55:10+00:00July 8th, 2021|Observation missions - Active calls|

Important: Please note WFD issued this call for long-term observers (LTOs) to take part in the OSCE election observation mission to the upcoming State Duma elections in Russia. That mission has now been cancelled by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) and its Parliamentary Assembly. The ODIHR has said that "The [...]

Connecting with constituents? Parliamentary aspirants’ use of WhatsApp in Uganda’s 2021 ‘scientific’ election

2021-06-16T10:33:55+00:00June 16th, 2021|Elections, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Uganda held general elections on 14 January 2021. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission (EC) announced that these should be ‘scientific elections’ and adopted social distancing measures. In effect, this led to the curtailing of public rallies and in-person campaigning. Political parties and candidates were forced to rely heavily on newspapers, radio, and television [...]

Women and media coverage in the Albanian 2021 election campaigns

2021-06-10T13:21:29+00:00June 10th, 2021|Elections, Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The election campaigns during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021 in Albania, were quite dynamic and with a noticeable increase in the number of female MP candidates. However, these figures did not translate into higher representation of women in the media contents. The audio-visual media during the last parliamentary elections continued to have gaps [...]

WFD campaign empowers women in elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-05-11T07:18:49+00:00May 11th, 2021|Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

The Constitution and legal system of Bosnia and Herzegovina stipulate equality between women and men. However, gender inequalities are found across all social domains. Women are still underrepresented in politics, and particularly so in top positions and elected offices. When a country has a higher representation of women in politics, the effects are multi-fold, resulting [...]

Kosovo Early Assembly Elections 2021 Final Report and Recommendations: UK Election Expert Mission

2021-03-25T15:51:32+00:00March 25th, 2021|Elections|

On 14 February 2021, a snap election took place in Kosovo. The short timeframe for holding the elections, the political and judicial controversies that led to it, and Covid-19 meant that the electoral system was under pressure. Due to the pandemic, the presence of international observers was limited, and domestic observers were also forced to [...]