Election Management

A Compendium of Commonwealth Good Practice

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Lifting the quality and strengthening the relevance of election management bodies is a continuing work-in-progress: to learn and apply the lessons from each election and rise to the emergence of new challenges, including evolving information and communication technologies and increasing demands for greater transparency and integrity.

Election Management: A Compendium of Commonwealth Good Practice is designed to provide policy makers and staff of election management bodies with a guide to the democratic values, principles and practices of the Commonwealth, which should be reflected in the work they do to consolidate and deepen democracy in their countries. It will also assist governments, political parties and civil society organisations understand better the role, functions and responsibilities of those tasked with delivering credible elections.

Includes annexes from 45 Commonwealth election management bodies on their countries’ standards for democratic legitimacy, legal frameworks, funding arrangements and administrative structure.



The Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of an Independent Election Management Body

The Commonwealth works closely with election management bodies in all parts of the globe. It has, for instance, and in response to requests from the countries concerned, deployed a large number of election observation missions. It has also provided technical assistance and capacity-building support to strengthen the work of many Commonwealth election management bodies. Furthermore, the ‘Good Offices’ activity of the Secretary-General, which seeks to support countries experiencing specific political difficulties, often focuses on problems relating to functioning of the democratic system and the role of elections.


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