Democracy and elections

The Commonwealth promotes political dialogue, fostering greater democratic space for political and civil actors, and strengthening democratic institutions. Books in this area support the Commonwealth’s fundamental values and principles.

Publication date: 1 August 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Election Management: A Compendium of Commonwealth Good Practice is a guide for policy-makers and EMBs to the democratic values, principles and practices of the Commonwealth. It will assist governments, political parties and civil society to understand the role, functions and responsibilities of those tasked with delivering credible elections.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 26 July 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Uganda presidential election held on 18 February 2016, chaired by former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. The group concluded that Uganda has fallen well short of meeting many of the key democratic benchmarks for the conduct of credible elections.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 28 May 2015
Format: Paperback

The 2014 Namibia elections were historic as they were the first elections in Africa to use entirely electronic voting. The team found that, despite a number of technical glitches, which caused significant delays in the overall voting process, the elections were competitive, met key democratic benchmarks and were generally well administered.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 30 April 2015
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

These were important elections in Sri Lanka as an incumbent president was seeking an unprecedented third term in office under a recent constitutional amendment. The group found that the outcome election reflected the will of the people of Sri Lanka, but the electoral contest did not comply with all the key benchmarks for democratic elections.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 30 April 2015
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The 2014 election was significant as it was the first general election held after the withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. The group found that the election demonstrated commitment to democratic values and principles, although it noted that political representation of women remained disappointingly low.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 4 December 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Commonwealth Expert Team found that the elections were peaceful, credible and transparent and exemplified Botswana’s commitment to democratic values and principles. They made a number of recommendations to help strengthen the process further.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 22 October 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Malawi tripartite elections held on 20 May 2014. The mission was chaired by Lt Gen Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe, former Vice-President of Botswana and was comprised of 11 members in total.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 30 September 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The 2014 general election was conducted in a peaceful, credible and transparent manner. Voter turnout was high and the Mission commended the Electoral Commission on its management of the entire electoral process. The report makes a number of recommendations for consideration ahead of the next elections.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 15 July 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for South Africa’s national and provincial elections held on 7 May 2014. These were significant elections as they were the first elections in which ‘born frees’ (those born in or after 1994) could vote and the first to be held since the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 15 July 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Maldives parliamentary election held on 22 March 2014. The Group was chaired by Bruce Golding, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and was comprised of 7 members in total.

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