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

Jul
03
2017
More than 140 delegates attended the two-day Post-Election Review Conference. Photo Credit: U Tun Naing Oo, UEC Deputy Director

More than 140 delegates attended the two-day Post-Election Review Conference. Photo Credit: U Tun Naing Oo, UEC Deputy Director

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Jun
22
2017
Sergio Bitar, member of the Board of Advisers of International IDEA received the Guillermo O’Donnell Award and Lectureship by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Lima, Peru, on 29 April 2017. In this photo, Mr. Bitar is joined by the members of the award’s committee, Prof. Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell and Prof. Kevin Midlebrook. Photo credit: LASA. 

Sergio Bitar, member of the Board of Advisers of International IDEA received the Guillermo O’Donnell Award and Lectureship by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Lima, Peru, on 29 April 2017. In this photo, Mr. Bitar is joined by the members of the award’s committee, Prof. Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell and Prof. Kevin Midlebrook. Photo credit: LASA. 

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May
31
2017
Election Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia receiving explanation from Sead Alihodzic about incremental and comprehensive approaches towards institutionalization of ERM during a break [Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

Election Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia receiving explanation from Sead Alihodzic about incremental and comprehensive approaches towards institutionalization of electoral risk management during a break .[Photo: Adhy Aman/International IDEA]

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May
29
2017
International IDEA team paid a courtesy call to Election Commission of Thailand Chairman, 22 May 2017 – from left to right: Mr Sead Alihodzic (International IDEA); Mr Supachai Somcharoen (Chairman); Mr Adhy Aman (IDEA); Police Colonel Jarungvith Pumma (Acting Secretary-General); Dr Cholaraj Phewban (Inspector-General) [Photo: International IDEA]

The International IDEA team visited the Election Commission of Thailand Chairman on 22 May 2017 . From left to right: Sead Alihodzic (International IDEA); Supachai Somcharoen (Chairman); Adhy Aman (International IDEA); Police Colonel Jarungvith Pumma (Acting Secretary-General); Cholaraj Phewban (Inspector-General) [Photo: International IDEA]

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

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