International IDEA’s strategy for 2012–17 tackles the persistent threats to democracy around the world.
It recognizes that the citizen is at the heart of democracy, and that democracy itself is central to citizens’ aspirations. Without free elections, there is neither the possibility for citizens to express their will, nor the opportunity for them to change their leaders, address wrongs or protest the limitations of their rights.
But for democracy to succeed, elections need to be anchored in a sound constitutional culture and the rule of law, which guarantees citizens’ electoral rights and the right of individuals and political parties to run freely for office. Only then will the full democratic process be fair, impartial, credible and fully representative of all groups within society.