To ensure public confidence in elections, voting technology should be transparent; election procedures should promote openness along with security; election laws should make it easy for candidates and/or voters to get reliable, manual recounts in close elections or when there is initial evidence of a problem in the election; and most importantly, citizens must be able to freely participate in...
This questionnaire, developed by the organisation Verified Voting, can be used to assess elections, more specifically, poll-closing ballot and election transparency.
It covers the following areas:
Actions taken in case of discrepancy of recorded votes and signed voters.
This questionnaire, developed by the organisation Verified Voting, can be used to assess elections, more specifically, election transparency and the ballot accounting that takes place in some jurisdictions at the close of early voting sites on each day of early voting. It covers the following areas:
Poll Closing Checklist
Authors/Editors: Paul O’Grady, Rafael Lopez-Pintor, & Mark Stevens
Civil society is a vitally important outlet for democratic activity and civil society groups are central partners in the promotion and defence of democratic development – from Latin America to Asia and from Europe to Africa. The aim of this publication is to highlight the work done by domestic election observers around the...
The Implementation of Quotas: European Experiences
This report examines women’s political representation in Europe. Although the overall representation of women in European Parliaments (including the Commonwealth of Independent States’ nations) stands at approximately 18 percent, the differences among the many countries are staggering; from a low of three percent in Kyrgyzstan to a high of 45...
The Arab Quota Report: Selected Case Studies
The level of political representation of women in different legislative bodies around the world varies greatly, standing at 16.9 percent in the world’s legislatures in 2006 on average. The uneven political playing field on which women and men compete has led to a number of reforms—primarily quotas or other positive action strategies—designed to...
Designing for Equality: Best-fit, medium-fit and non-favourable combinations of electoral systems and gender quotas
Today, the average proportion of women members of parliaments stands at a mere 17.2 per cent. Only 19 countries in the world have achieved the goal of 30+ per cent women’s representation in national legislatures, a goal which was adopted by the Beijing Process in 1995. There are two...
Gender and Political parties: Far from parity
The election of four female presidents in Latin America in recent years has drawn attention to women’s political participation and their access to political decision-making. Despite these encouraging results, statistics reveal that the Latin American region is still far from achieving gender equality in politics. Although women are increasingly...
Election Coverage from a Gender Perspective. A Media Monitoring Manual
This manual presents a methodological tool for monitoring media coverage during election campaigns. It focuses on a gender perspective using objective and verifiable information, and is based on experiences of six Latin American institutions.
Unseeing Eyes: Media Coverage and Gender in Latin American Elections
In a society where mass media is the main venue for political information and electoral competition, limited visibility during a campaign can be challenging to a candidate and limit the possibilities of being elected.
This study covers five countries in Latin America and identifies differences and inequalities that women...