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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 [...]

Promoting peaceful and inclusive elections in Nigeria

2019-04-24T13:44:00+00:00February 28th, 2019|Elections|

2019 is a memorable year for Nigerians as it marks 20 years since the end of military rule. And the sixth general election – which took place on 23 February - is an opportunity to consolidate democratic governance in the country.  In the run up to the election, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, in partnership with [...]

Know your rights: engaging marginalised groups in the Nigeria’s elections

2020-05-06T11:50:19+00:00January 17th, 2019|Elections, Elections, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Engagement strategies are at the heart of every voter education campaign. It is often effective to use both traditional and modern campaigns. WFD Nigeria, through collaborative work with National Youth Service Corps, established the Voter Education Community Development Service (CDS) group in three focal states which are Imo, Osun and Abuja. The service group was [...]

Representing reality? The cost of politics and the impact on diversity in Ghana

2018-08-06T11:07:53+00:00March 28th, 2018|Elections, Elections, Research, Space and Access|

Is there a correlation between the high costs involved with running for political office in Ghana and the lack of youth and women represented in politics? Westminster Foundation for Democracy's new research report, launched in Accra early March, in partnership with the Centre for Democratic Development (Ghana), explores the impact the 59% increase in average [...]