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.
Tanzania General Elections, 31 October 2010
The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Tanzania General Elections. The Group was led by The Rt Hon Paul East QC, a former Attorney General of New Zealand, and comprised fifteen eminent persons in total.
Rwanda Presidential Elections, 9 August 2010
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.
Eyes of Democracy: The Media and Elections
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.
Civil Paths to Peace: Report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding
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.
The Commonwealth at the Summit, Volume 3: Communiqués of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings 1997-2005
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.
The National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Nigeria, 12 and 19 April 2003
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.
Kenya General Election, 27 December 2002
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.
Poverty, Democracy and Development: Issues for Consideration by the Commonwealth Expert Group on Democracy and Development
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.
Making Democracy Work for Pro-poor Development: Report of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy
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.
Zimbabwe Presidential Election, 9–11 March 2002: The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group
The Election Observer Group Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The Secretary-General constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties.
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