Carter Center Statement on Myanmar’s 2017 By-Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar for participating in important by-elections on April 1. The Center did not directly observe the elections, but supported the observation efforts of local partner Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOP). In its post-election preliminary statement, EEOP reported that the election-day process was conducted w...
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The Challenges of Native American Participation

The Carter Center held a meeting on The Challenges of Native American Participation and Confidence in Elections in the United States on December 6-7, 2016. The meeting brought together experts and practitioners to explore various issues, opportunities, and challenges around Native American participation in U.S. elections and tribal elections. For more information, please see th...
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Myanmar: 2015 General Electionals Final Election Report

On Nov. 8, 2015, Myanmar held the first general election under the 2008 Constitution in which all main political parties, including those that boycotted the election in 2010, chose to participate. The Carter Center observed the election process for over one year, from December 2014 through March 2016. Based on its in-depth observation, The Carter Center reaffirms its congratula...
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Presidential & Legislative Elections in Mozambique

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) partnered to deploy a team of 87 observers representing 40 countries to observe Mozambique’s Oct. 15, 2014, presidential, National Assembly, and provincial elections. The EISA/Carter Center mission was conducted using com...
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25 Years of Election Observation

  As The Carter Center marked its 100th election observation mission in 2015, the organization stands out as a leader in the field. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization (NGO), the Center has observed and reported on democratic and electoral processes around the world without inhibition or bias. The founder of The Carter Center, former U.S. President Jimmy ...
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Carter Center and NCSL Partner on U.S. Elections Project

Impartial observers help build confidence in the quality and integrity of elections. By providing assessments and recommendations to election authorities on all aspects of the process, independent observers help ensure that electoral practices protect voters’ civil and political rights. In the U.S., we generally accept election results and, with some exceptions, trust the elec...
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How Do We Know a Good Election When We See One?

  Over the last decade, practitioners working on election assistance and observation have made important strides in defining common principles to guide their work, developing more systematic methodologies, and expanding their work to focus increasingly on broader democratization processes. Consensus has emerged that standards for elections should be based on state o...
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Legislative and Presidential Elections in Tunisia

The Carter Center established a presence in Tunisia in 2011 and observed both the 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections and the constitution-making process that culminated in the adoption of the constitution in January 2014. The Center’s activities shifted in June 2014 with the formal launch of an election observation mission for the 2014 presidential and legislative e...
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Human Rights and Election Standards

The Carter Center believes greater and more sustained interaction between the election assistance community and intergovernmental human rights systems is needed to promote electoral reform initiatives, strengthen democratic elections and governance, and foster the evolution of relevant international law on elections. To this end, the Center plans to convene a series of confe...
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