Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
Specifically designed for electoral management bodies (EMBs), this publication acknowledges the crucial role EMBs play in ensuring that all segments of the society, including youth, are empowered to fully participate in the electoral process, be as voters, candidates or officials.
The handbook provides strategies and entry points to assist EMBs in removing existing barriers for youth electoral participation at different levels and in different areas, including the national legal and political framework and youth’ lack of confidence in national institutions. The publication also explores how EMBs could capitalize on innovative solutions to make electoral processes more inclusive and peaceful and to prevent youth from being incited to electoral violence by political parties. Finally, the handbook links these objectives to the outcomes and indicators of SDGs, in particular Goal 16.
The handbook is published by the Brussels-based EC-UNDP Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance (JTF) and made possible thanks to the support of the UNDP Nepal Electoral Support Project, generously funded by the EU, Norway, the United Kingdom and Denmark.
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ELECTORAL RESULTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: CATALOGUE OF OPTIONS
The various chapters aim to shed some light on the various models of results management systems currently in use, highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each.
The purpose is to increase the understanding of the different models and sub-models of results management systems and facilitate the selection of the most appropriate RMS option specific to the country context and also the one most likely to be accepted by stakeholders on the ground.
CONFERENCE ON REINFORCING THE CREDIBILITY AND ACCEPTANCE OF ELECTORAL PROCESSES:
This publication is the Summary report of the discussion held at the conference titled ’Reinforcing the credibility and acceptance of electoral processes: The role of electoral stakeholders and electoral administrations’.
The aim of the conference was to expand discussion of electoral processes allowing for a more in-depth focus on the involvement and approach of the full range of stakeholders, including political parties and candidates, the media, domestic and international observers, civil society, electoral justice, other state institutions and the international community.
THEMATIC WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABILITY IN ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATION:
This report summarized the discussions and presentations held among the approximately 200 participants from 45 countries who attended the workshop on Sustainability in Electoral Administration and Processes in Maputo, Mozambique.
Both the discussions on the costs and funding of electoral processes and the related recommendations made by the participants may be of use for other EMBs as well as for electoral assistance practitioners.
EU AND UNDP WORKING IN ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE. FORMULATING AND…
Built upon the experiences gained by the European Commission (EC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in formulating electoral assistance projects, this publication draws lessons learned from that implementation in order to assist the staff of UNDP Country Offices and European Union Delegations on the design and formulation of electoral assistance projects, as well as the administrative framework documents that govern that cooperation.
THEMATIC WORKSHOP ON ICT AND ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT. SUMMARY REPORT
This includes a discussion on some of the advantages and disadvantages of eVoting systems.
THEMATIC WORKSHOP ON ELECTIONS, VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION. SUMMARY REPORT
WORKSHOP ON EFFECTIVE ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE – PARTICIPANTS’ GUIDEBOOK
PROCUREMENT ASPECTS OF INTRODUCING ICT SOLUTIONS IN ELECTORAL PROCESSES
While focusing primarily on UNDP rules, it pays specific attention to major aspects associated with the procurement and the application of ICT solutions in voter registration.
ARABIC LEXICON OF ELECTORAL TERMINOLOGY
Electoral practices and experiences vary widely across the Arabic-speaking world and different terms are used in different countries to refer to the same roles or activities in the electoral process. This Lexicon is a first effort to bridge that gap.
PRINCIPLES FOR INDEPENDENT AND SUSTAINABLE ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT
One main purpose of the forum was to provide both theoretical and practical comparative perspectives on the international standards and principles for Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) to electoral administrators and other stakeholders, mainly from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
ELECTORAL STUDIES IN COMPARED INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
ENHANCING YOUTH POLITICAL PARTICIPATION THROUGHOUT THE ELECTORAL CYCLE
The publication compiles good practice examples of mechanisms to enhance youth political empowerment around the globe, focusing on innovative instruments with the potential to provide fresh inputs for UNDP programmes as well as initiatives by other stakeholder.
PROMOTING LOCAL ELECTION MANAGEMENT AS PART OF AN ELECTORAL CYCLE APPROACH
In addition to advocating for an increased participation of women in the election process and better civic and voter education, the report ultimately aims to reduce electoral violence, increase transparency, cost effectiveness and voter turnout.
A HANDBOOK ON WORKING WITH POLITICAL PARTIES
It presents a synthesis of the UNDP experiences and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in providing political party support.This paper provides an in-depth study of political parties’ challenges and programming, UN neutrality in partnering with parties, as well as an assessment of the rationale for working with parties and an overview of the evolution of party assistance, inside and outside the UNDP.
EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR STRONGER POLITICAL PARTIES: A GUIDEBOOK TO PROMOTE WOMEN´S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
It is also intended to encourage global political party foundations and alliances to embrace gender equality as a norm in their constitutions and their work.
HANDBOOK ON JOURNALISTIC ETHICS IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF ELECTORAL PROCESSES
The handbook is based on the electoral assistance provided in the field of media and journalism which aimed at enhancing professionalism and developing ethical standards through the good application of codes of conduct set for elections.
The book also comes up with suggestions for improvement with regard to a free exercise of press freedom in accordance with good international practice.
HANDBOOK ON TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
The Handbook focuses on technology with an emphasis on their use in the process of electoral registration.
Important themes are mentioned in the paper such as the electoral registration, the update of the database, the question of deaths and the list of voters, logistics for technology and data protection.
MEDIA AND ELECTIONS: A GUIDE FOR ELECTORAL PRACTITIONERS
It aims at providing an in-depth understanding of some of the key issues related to media and elections.
The Guide is comprised of ten chapters that deal with the issues of media and communications during the electoral process.
Each chapter can be read independently so that electoral practitioners only concerned with one facet of media and elections can turn directly to that section as a resource.
A HANDBOOK FOR EU ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSIONS
European Union Election Observation Missions have the task of observing and reporting on an election process in its entirety, enhancing transparency and providing an impartial assessment.
This handbook is intended as a tool and a reference book with methodological guidelines and practical recommendations.
2ND EDITION OF THE HANDBOOK FOR EU ELECTION OBSERVATION
The handbook underlines that EU EOMs adhere to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, a landmark document commemorated at the United Nations in 2005.
The handbook explains the criteria used in deciding whether to observe an election, the steps taken to establish an EOM, and how a mission functions.
COMPENDIUM OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ELECTIONS
To facilitate such assessment, a practical guide has been included as an annex.
It is the Commission’s expectation that EU Election Observation Missions will make use of this new tool to assess the conduct of elections in line with international standards and ensure coherence among EU Election Observation Missions.
UNDP ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
Whilst this is designed as a guide for UNDP staff, others can learn from UNDP’s approach and access a wealth of resources on planning, formulating, implementing and monitoring electoral assistance.
ELECTIONS AND CONFLICT PREVENTION: A GUIDE TO ANALYSIS, PLANNING, AND PROGRAMMING
It presents valuable lessons learned from the previous, extensive experience of UNDP and its partner organizations in the field.
The information provided in the Guide reflects UNDP best practices as it relates to the broader framework for UN engagement in electoral assistance.
The Guide draws on seven detailed country case studies (Bangladesh, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone), as well as many other country experiences described throughout the text.
ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODIES AS INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNANCE
Through a taxonomy that classifies 148 countries according to the type of electoral administration, it argues that electoral management bodies worldwide are increasingly both permanent and independent of the executive branch of government and that this type of institutional structure proves more cost-effective than ad-hoc or temporary electoral bodies.
Special attention is placed on the role and challenges of electoral management bodies in “third wave” democracies vis-à-vis the experience in older and more established democracies.
UNDP’S ENGAGEMENT WITH POLITICAL PARTIES
The information contained in the mapping is indicative rather than exhaustive and reflects the various ways UNDP Country Offices are currently working and engaging with political parties.
The mapping will serve as a key reference for informing the development of UNDP’s corporate policies and practices concerning political parties.
ELECTORAL FINANCING TO ADVANCE WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: A GUIDE FOR UNDP SUPPORT.
Money is a prerequisite for competing in most political systems today, but patterns of gender discrimination force women candidates to make do with more limited resources than men.
The document outlines the role that political systems play in shaping electoral financing options and outcomes, and gives a summary of basic campaign financing constraints that women face.
It provides UNDP policy advisors and programme staff with a framework and entry points for supporting women’s increased access to funds and the political system at large.
WORLD TRENDS IN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
The overarching trend observed throughout is one of disruption brought on by technology and to a lesser extent the global economic crisis, with mixed results for freedom of expression and media development.
The publication comes at a critical moment for press freedom amid unprecedented opportunities for expression of new voices as well as new forms of restriction, surveillance and control.
World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development is a key resource for governments, the media, academia, the private sector and civil society and is an essential read for anyone interested in the contemporary media environment.