Electoral Management during Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

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Published: 
10 September 2012
Language: 
English
Pages: 
48
ISBN: 
978-91-86565-57-2
Author(s): 
Sean Dunne, Scott Smith
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Elections are milestones in the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime.

The administration of elections during a transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime is fraught with challenges. At the same time, the transition offers decision-makers and election administrators opportunities to strengthen electoral management bodies as independent, impartial, credible and professional institutions.

The electoral management body (EMB) that supervises, administers and manages free and fair elections fosters trust in the electoral process and improves the prospects of democratic consolidation.

This Policy Paper outlines the questions to which consideration should be given in supporting EMBs during transition to enable them perform their role. Recognizing the importance of policy choices to be made during democratic transition, it also suggests recommendations to support policymakers and practitioners in this area.

Contents

Key Recommendations

Executive Summary

Introduction

1. Essential Considerations

EMB models and independence
Legal framework
Mandate and functions
Membership and staffing
Trust and confidence
Other institutions

2. Case Studies

Indonesia
Ghana
Chile

Annex. Statistical Indicators

References and Further Reading

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

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