An effective electoral justice system is a key element in the unfolding of a free, fair and genuine democratic process.

Without a system to mitigate and manage inequality or perceptions of inequality, even the best management of an electoral process may lead to mistrust in the legitimacy of the elected government.

This Handbook examines the concept of electoral justice and how to prevent electoral disputes. Using examples from countries such as Afghanistan, Argentina, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States, it will assist any country with the design and implementation of an electoral justice system that best suits their situation.

The Overview is also available in print.


Publication date
24 November 2010
Jesús Orozco-Henríquez, Ayman Ayoub, Andrew Ellis
Number of pages
978-91-85724-96-3 (Print)

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Electoral Justice: An Overview of the International IDEA Handbook





Acronyms and abbreviations

1. Introduction

2. Electoral justice and other related concepts

3. Prevention of electoral disputes

4. EDR mechanisms

5. A general classification of EDR systems

6. Principles and guarantees of EDR systems

7. Basic elements of EDR systems

8. Alternative EDR mechanisms



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