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.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 1 November 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Rwanda Presidential elections. The Group was led by H E Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and also a former Prime Minister Tanzania, and comprised thirteen eminent persons in total.

Publication date: 1 May 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Offers journalists and other media professionals an overview of the issues, testimonies from journalists on the ground. This book provides guidelines for good practice, along with reports from Commonwealth Observer Groups on election reporting in a number of Commonwealth countries.

Publication date: 1 March 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This report focuses particularly on the issues of terrorism, extremism, conflict and violence, which are much in ascendancy and afflict Commonwealth countries as well as the rest of the world. It argues that cultivating respect and understanding is both important in itself and consequential in reducing violence and terrorism.

Publication date: 1 November 2007
Format: Paperback

Contains the full text of declarations, statements and communiqués issued by Commonwealth Heads of Government between 1997 and 2005. This volume covers the meetings held in Edinburgh (1997), Durban (1999), Coolum (2002), Abuja (2003) and Malta (2005). It carries a foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 1 August 2006
Format: Paperback

Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Nigeria’s national assembly and presidential elections held on 12 and 19 April 2003. The group was chaired by HE Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former prime minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and was comprised of 14 eminent persons in total.

Series title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 1 August 2006
Format: Paperback

Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Kenya’s general election held on 27 December 2002. The group was chaired by Professor Adebayo Adedeji and was comprised of 9 observers in total.

Contributor: S. K. Rao
Publication date: 1 January 2004
Format: Paperback

The Group was chaired by the Hon Dr Manmohan Singh, the current Prime Minister of India. This paper was written as a background note for the Expert Group (immediately prior to the first meeting) and as such it was very important in clarifying some of the major themes which were discussed in the deliberations of the Group.

Publication date: 1 October 2003
Format: Paperback

Starting from the premise that democracy is more than simply a matter of universal suffrage and the holding of regular multiparty elections, and that development is about much more than growth of GDP, this Report focuses on how to make democracy work for pro-poor development and on development policies that in themselves uphold.

Publication date: 1 January 2002
Format: Paperback

This report examines issues from a gender perspective relating to the Sierra Leone National Consultation on Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

Contributor: Carl W Dundas
Series title: Compendium of Election Laws, Practices and Cases of Selected Commonwealth Countries
Publication date: 1 January 1998
Format: Hardback

This compendium presents the constitutional provisions and election laws of a number of selected Commonwealth countries in a user-friendly way.

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