Elections

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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

May
22
2017
Election Commissioner Nalin Abeyesekere (right) looks on as Sead Alihodzic promotes Election Commission of India’s Manual on Electoral Risk Management [Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

Election Commissioner Nalin Abeyesekere (right) looks on as Sead Alihodzic promotes Election Commission of India’s Manual on Electoral Risk Management [Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

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May
19
2017

El Director Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de IDEA Internacional, Daniel Zovatto, junto con representantes de autoridades de la justicia electoral de numerosos países, el PNUD, la OEA e IFES, en la reunión preparatoria de la Red mundial de Justicia Electoral del 9 de mayo de 2017 en Ciudad de México. Crédito foto: TEPJF

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May
19
2017
 A token of appreciation from Chief Election Commissioner K. M. Nurul Huda to International IDEA team, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 May 2017 [Photo: Sead Alihodzic/International IDEA]

A token of appreciation from Chief Election Commissioner K. M. Nurul Huda to International IDEA team, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 May 2017 [Photo: Sead Alihodzic/International IDEA]

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May
19
2017
International IDEA’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Daniel Zovatto, along with representatives of electoral justice authorities of several countries, UNDP, OAS and IFES, in the preparatory meeting of the World Network of Electoral Justice held on 9 May in Mexico City. Photo credit: TEPJF

International IDEA’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Daniel Zovatto, along with representatives of electoral justice authorities of several countries, UNDP, OAS and IFES, in the preparatory meeting of the World Network of Electoral Justice held on 9 May 2017 in Mexico City. Photo credit: TEPJF

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May
17
2017
L to R: Mr Umesh Shinha (Deputy Election Commissioner), Mr A. K. Joti (Election Commissioner), Dr Nasim Zaidi (Chief Election Commissioner), & Mr O. P. Rawat (Election Commissioner) [Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

L to R: Mr Umesh Shinha (Deputy Election Commissioner), Mr A. K. Joti (Election Commissioner), Dr Nasim Zaidi (Chief Election Commissioner), & Mr O. P. Rawat (Election Commissioner) [Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

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May
15
2017
Commissionaires and senior staff of EMBs attending the SIFE 2017. Photo credit: Leena Rikkilä Tamang, International IDEA

Commissionaires and senior staff of EMBs attending the SIFE 2017. Photo credit: Leena Rikkilä Tamang, International IDEA

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Annette Monika Fath-Lihic
Senior Programme Manager
Annette Fath-Lihic is an expert in electoral issues, policy work in post-crisis areas, sustainable development governance and international humanitarian law, human rights and international  relations. 

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