Opening Statement by Vidar Helgesen at the International IDEA Democracy Forum “Elections, Incumbency and Power – Legitimacy Through Integrity”

30 November 2010
Accra, Ghana

Peoples’ quest for democracy – for their right to freely choose their government and to hold it accountable for its deeds, is as strong as ever in Africa and across the planet. While pursued and celebrated as a universal value in itself, democracy, for the peoples of Africa, is the bearer of even greater hopes: it is rightly expected to bring lasting peace and sustainable development.

About the Speaker

Secretary-General of International IDEA (2006-2013)
Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen is a former International IDEA Secretary-General.