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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 [...]

There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions

2020-06-23T10:13:38+00:00June 9th, 2020|#PanDemTracker, Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Elections, Elections|

As governments decide to postpone elections or alter electoral processes because of COVID-19, it is crucial that they have a transparent debate about doing so. Importantly, they must consult key stakeholders or public trust in the electoral processes can be severely damaged and democracy weakened.

Learning from Success: The Implementation of Election Observation Recommendations in Sub-Saharan Africa

2020-05-19T13:55:56+00:00January 6th, 2020|Delivering Democracy Support, Elections, Research|

by Susan Dodsworth and Nic Cheeseman, International Development Department, University of Birmingham International election observers invest significant time and energy in making recommendations designed to improve the integrity and credibility of future elections. Yet observers do not always have the opportunity to monitor the implementation of their recommendations over time, nor the capacity to conduct [...]

Assessment of Voter Education in Osun State, Nigeria

2020-06-03T09:53:38+00:00January 6th, 2020|Elections, Elections|

Further to the establishment of the Voter Education Community Development Service (CDS) group in  three pilot states of Imo, Osun, and the Federal Capital Territory,  Corp members, under the supervision of the INEC  Voter Education Desk Officers (VEDOs) and NYSC Local Government Inspectors (LGIs), conducted Voter education and sensitisation in all the local governments of [...]

Election observation in Indonesia

2019-05-17T11:52:18+00:00April 30th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Elections|

Former Conservative MP, Rt Hon Sir Simon Burns, reports back on his time in Indonesia observing the world's third largest democracy in action.  Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world with an electorate of about 193 million voters. The election on 17 April was unique because for the first time the country's [...]