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Public monitoring of electoral technologies in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, or the 'Red Hero' as the city is referred to in Mongolian, was the last stop for International IDEA’s Election Tech Tour of Asia 2016. 

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Elections are the cornerstone of representative democracy. Through elections, governments obtain their democratic mandate and are held accountable for their performance in office.

Flawed elections deprive people of their voice in governance and undermine sustainable democratic development. Support for electoral processes has been at the heart of our work since our founding in 1995.

 

 

 

Priorities of engagement

International IDEA’s knowledge resources on electoral processes have distinguished themselves in breadth and scope from those of other organizations and that they have responded to the needs of stakeholders.

 

Elections and conflict

We continue to share the Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERM Tool) as a global public good and work with our Member States and global, regional and national partners in supporting the Tool's application in priority countries. Building on the ERM Tool we use its knowledge and lessons from its implementation to inform country-level support for electoral conflict prevention and mitigation, including training on the safety of elections with UNDP Asia and the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP).

 

Elections and the media

International IDEA enhances its knowledge base on the role of media at all stages of the electoral cycle. Special attention is given to the effects of social media on youth participation in electoral processes, the changing nature of election campaigning, and the role of new media in direct democracy initiatives. Targeted knowledge products including a Policy Paper on Media Assistance and Elections and Social Media: A Practical Guide for Electoral Management Bodies aim to link relevant media issues with International IDEA’s established areas of expertise and develop new partnerships.

 

Elections and information and communications technologies

In the area of technology, we produce guidance and good practices for the introduction and maintenance of new technologies to ensure that they enhance transparency and credibility of the electoral process. A new database mapping the global use of technology in elections has been developed to enhance the Institute’s knowledge base in this area. Building on the success of the Policy Paper on Introducing Electronic Voting, specific themes will be selected for a series of short publications on guidance for sustainable use of electoral technology throughout the electoral cycle; debates between open and proprietary software solutions; and the perceived and real comparative advantages of various electoral information and communications technologies.

 

Non-engagement areas

There are several areas of non-engagement for our organization. These include electoral audits, large scale training and capacity-building projects, election observation and electoral procurement.

What's Going On

Sep
13
2017
Dakar, Senegal. Photo Credit: Jeff Attaway@flickr

Dakar, Senegal. Photo Credit: Jeff Attaway@flickr

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Sep
11
2017
From left to right: Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean-International IDEA; Ambassador Carlos Appelgren, Director General of Consular Affairs and Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, and Mr Alfredo Tapia, Member of the Vote Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. Photo Credit: Andrea Soto.

From left to right: Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean-International IDEA; Ambassador Carlos Appelgren, Director General of Consular Affairs and Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, and Mr Alfredo Tapia, Member of the Vote Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. Photo Credit: Andrea Soto.

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Sep
06
2017
Panel de discusión sobre en la Conferencia sobre Integridad Electoral en América Latina realizado el 14 y 15 de agosto de 2017 en la Ciudad de México. De izquierda a derecha: Michael Svetlik, vicepresidente de la Fundación Internacional para Sistemas Electorales (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, presidente del Consejo Nacional Electoral de Ecuador; María Marván, presidenta de Transparencia México y Daniel Zovatto, director regional para América Latina y el Caribe de IDEA Internacional. Crédito: IDEA Internacional.

Panel de discusión sobre “Dinero y política en la “Conferencia sobre Integridad Electoral en América Latina” realizado el 14 y 15 de agosto de 2017 en la Ciudad de México. De izquierda a derecha: Michael Svetlik, vicepresidente de la Fundación Internacional para Sistemas Electorales (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, presidente del Consejo Nacional Electoral de Ecuador; María Marván, presidenta de Transparencia México y Daniel Zovatto, director regional para América Latina y el Caribe de IDEA Internacional. Crédito foto: IDEA Internacional..

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Sep
06
2017
Panel discussion on "Money and politics" during the Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America held on August 14 and 15, 2017 in Mexico City. From left to right: Michael Svetlik, Vice President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador; María Marván, President of Transparencia Mexico and Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA. Photo Credit: International

Panel discussion on "Money and politics" during the Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America held on August 14 and 15, 2017 in Mexico City. From left to right: Michael Svetlik, Vice President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Juan Pablo Pozo, President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador; María Marván, President of Transparencia Mexico and Dr Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of International IDEA. Photo Credit: International IDEA.

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Aug
28
2017
People waiting to vote in Nepal for local representatives for the first time in two decades, 26 June 2017. Photo: Shana Kaiser | International IDEA

People waiting to vote in Nepal for local representatives for the first time in two decades, 26 June 2017. Photo: Shana Kaiser | International IDEA

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Therese Pearce Laanela
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Therese Pearce Laanela is the Senior Programme Manager for the Electoral Processes Programme at International IDEA.

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