British Academy report: How to hold elections safely and democratically during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-08-20T16:16:59+00:00August 20th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Elections|

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

2020-08-05T07:04:01+00:00August 5th, 2020|Elections, Women’s Political Leadership|

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

WFD research to inform cost of politics talks in Ghana

2018-04-10T12:53:15+00:00January 31st, 2018|Elections, Parliamentary, Political party, Research|

At what point does the cost to stand for election become so high it affects equality, trust and good governance? New data shows the cost of running for political office in Ghana went up by nearly 60% over one single electoral cycle (2012-2016). Opening the second phase of WFD’s flagship research into the cost of politics, [...]

WFD launches new partnership for electoral assistance in Africa

2018-08-12T19:37:22+00:00September 25th, 2017|Elections|

On 12 September 2017, WFD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) to expand its electoral assistance programme during a side event to the Democracy UK conference marking 25 years since the establishment of the Foundation. WFD’s new Strategic Framework 2017-2022 outlines the organisation’s focus on building of partnerships with [...]