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Title: Electoral innovations and trends: political participation


1
Electoral innovations and trends political
participation
  • Kevin Evans
  • UNDP Indonesia

2
Comparative methods to enhance participation
  • What can you actually do?
  • Issues of constraints
  • Mandate issues what is UNDPs role
  • Wiggle room?
  • Legal issues what is permitted under the laws
  • UN mandates, National, UNDP and donors
  • The elections - real politik, culture, specifics

3
Who is to participate
  • Electoral managers
  • Voters
  • Voter educators
  • Electoral monitors
  • Political contestants, parties and candidates
  • Media
  • Private sector suppliers of goods to advice
  • International community

4
Who is to participate
  • Electoral managers
  • Senior decision makers (commissioners)
  • Commission staff
  • Voter registers and poll workers
  • Training activities also for transparency

5
Who is to participate
  • Voters
  • who are they?
  • Are there some first time voters - age, gender,
    other (political liberation)
  • Are they all first time voters (new systems or
    first time free and fair voters)

6
Who is to participate
  • Voter educators
  • Civil society
  • Long term donor favourites sub contracting
  • New groups post transition types
  • Local and small scale risky but with reach
  • Mass groups huge networks
  • Training groups
  • Campus based

7
Who is to participate
  • Election monitors
  • More than integrity
  • An avenue for the usually alienated
  • Young and women
  • Linking with international monitors/ observer
    groups

8
Who is to participate
  • Political contestants, parties and candidates
  • Transition type elections lead to all sort of
    unlikelies coming forward
  • Political organisations are usually very weak,
    albeit founder dominated gives impression of
    power, first generation democracy

9
Who is to participate
  • Media
  • What forms of media have legs and reach
  • Has the media been recently liberated politically
    and in terms of regulation
  • Has the media been resurrected commercially

10
Who is to participate
  • Private sector suppliers of goods to advice
  • Suppliers of electoral commodities
  • Import or use local made
  • The democracy industry will come pollsters and
    spin doctors and campaign managers
  • What role for internationals?

11
Who is to participate
  • International community
  • Technical expertise
  • Sharing experiences
  • Supplying funds
  • Enhancing legitimacy

12
Getting people together
  • A genuine UNDP value added?
  • Use pollworker training on media to inform the
    whole electorate
  • Recognise that domestic monitoring can introduce
    young people and women to macro-politics
  • Support for voter education groups opens
    possibility for new civil society political
    networks to operate
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