Welcome to Visiting Scholar Dr. Markku Suksi!

  Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations and The Carter Center’s Democratic Election Standards Project welcome visiting scholar Dr. Markku Suksi, Professor of Public Law S.J.D, D. Pol. Sc., Department of Law at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Professor Suksi will be spending six weeks at Emory and will work on research that relates to international ...
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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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Carter Center Launches Project on the Benefits of Evidence-Based Observation of U.S. Elections

As The Carter Center marks 10 years as an original endorser of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, its Democracy Program has launched a new project aimed at supporting those working to improve the quality of elections in the United States. The Center and partner organizations will raise awareness of the important contributions that objective...
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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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100 Elections Observed

In May 2015, observer teams deployed to Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America, for what would be The Carter Center's 100th observed election. Read the Center's statements and reports on Guyana's elections here. Twenty-six years earlier, in May 1989, The Carter Center sent its first-ever team of election observers to Panama, where their work exposed General Manu...
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10 Years of Advancing Democratic Election Standards and Human Rights

A pioneer in the field of election observation, The Carter Center has observed 100 elections in 38 countries and continues to forge methods and tools that lead the field.   Background: Election Observation Standards The Carter Center worked collaboratively with the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs and the United Nations Electoral Assistance D...
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Election Obligations and Standards Handbook and Database Launched

The Carter Center joined forces with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance to launch a pair of complementary manuals for assessing elections on Oct. 28, 2014, at the United Nations in New York. The event was hosted by the U.N. Electoral Assistance Division and attended by representatives from a wide range of electoral assistance organizations an...
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The Carter Center and IFES Expand Cooperation

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and The Carter Center have entered into a memorandum of understanding to guide a partnership based on the common mission of strengthening the quality of elections and democracy. "The Carter Center looks forward to the partnership with The International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a leader in the fields of electi...
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