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 [...]
The programmes of political parties are of utmost importance, especially in the pre-election period. For this reason, identifying and addressing issues that improve the citizens' quality of life, with emphasis on the disadvantaged social groups, ought to be an important part of an electoral force's political offer. To better understand the challenges of political parties [...]
It is often emphasized worldwide that young people are our future – but we often forget to pay enough attention to the face that young people are also our present. In Montenegro, this is evident in almost all aspects of life, politics included. Montenegin democracy needs young leaders to bring in the energy and enthusiasm [...]
Learning from Success: The Implementation of Election Observation Recommendations in Sub-Saharan Africa
There is significant variation in the implementation of election observation recommendations across sub-Saharan Africa, with implementation varying both between countries and between different types of recommendations.
British Academy report: How to hold elections safely and democratically during the COVID-19 pandemic
Governments should consider innovative measures such as widely distributing polling stations to safeguard democratic processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. That is the key recommendation from the British Academy's new briefing on elections, published on 19 August, which WFD colleagues and partners contributed to. Drawing upon existing experience of elections held during the COVID-19 pandemic and [...]
Empowering women candidates to run successful campaigns ahead of the 2021 general elections in Uganda
The winds of change are blowing strongly. It is the winds that have brought consciousness about the long years of inequality and injustice. There is a resounding call for change and women and youth are at the forefront of these changes. H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, speaking at the national e-conference for [...]
By WFD Senior Election Adviser, Tanja Hollstein, and Ben Graham Jones So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed no less than 64 elections. It has become clear that COVID-19 is a long-term disruptive force that the electoral world must learn to live with. Policy responses to the virus may safeguard or endanger the integrity of [...]
There’s no ‘right’ way to adapt elections to COVID-19 – but there is a right way to make those decisions
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.
Those interested in democracy and good governance should be alive to both the risks and the opportunities posed by the coronavirus pandemic – their voices could make the difference between setback and progress.