Reporting from the 2013 ICPS Electoral Affairs Symposium in Mauritius
This video is an MBC (Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation) news report on the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies’ 2013 Electoral Affairs Symposium in Mauritius. As well as detailing what occurred at the event, it also interviews a number of Electoral Commissioners about their country’s electoral systems and the benefits of sharing international experiences.
Transition to democracy: the story of Bhutan
This video is a short documentary charting Bhutan’s journey from isolated Buddhist kingdom to parliamentary democracy. Beginning with the establishment of the hereditary monarchy in 1907, it explains how democracy came into being and became accepted in the country. By looking at the construction of the people’s constitution and the integral role played by the reigning monarch, it is a useful examination of democratising forces in action.
A Visual overview of the Electoral Commission of Bhutan
This twenty minute documentary from the Electoral Commission of Bhutan visually portrays many of the actions undertaken by the Commission for the 2010 election. It goes through the awareness training conducted before the election, the voter guide and polling cards that were produced for the election and the voting and ballot counting of the election itself. It provides a great overview of the procedures that need to be in place to hold a successful election.
Promoting Democracy in Bhutan: The Road to Lunana
Following the story of Dogene Edo, a physician from one of Bhutan’s remotest areas, this documentary looks at the Bhutanese government’s preparations for its first ever general election in 2010. By narrating us through his role as the preceding officer at the mock general election, Dogene highlights the efforts undertaken by the Bhutanese government to ensure its citizens understood the electoral process. The measures put in place by Bhutan to ensure a free, fair and transparent election are vividly and informatively portrayed.
Beginning of a New Era- Nepal: Beginning of a New Era
This evocative documentary by the Electoral Commission of Nepal charts the immediate history of Nepal from autocratic state to parliamentary democracy. Particular attention is paid to the problems facing the Electoral Commission of Nepal in its attempt to bring about a free and transparent election. The political debates and issues surrounding the forthcoming election of 2008 are lucidly portrayed and gives an insight goes some way to explaining why there were tensions.
Cambodian Electoral Awareness advert
This brief informative TV spot by COMFREL (the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia) is a good example of efforts taken to raise awareness about elections. It uses computer animation to inform members of the Cambodian public how they can learn more about the electoral process by phone and online. The advert is quick to point out that all the family can vote provided they are 18 years old or above.
Revising voter registry lists: Efforts made by Cambodia since 2008
On the back of complaints from political parties that they lost votes at the 2008 election due to lax and incomplete voting records, this short video looks at the efforts made to revise voter registry lists in time for the next Cambodian election. Interviewing several members of the National Election Committee, it highlights efforts made to introduce 377,120 new voters into the Cambodian electoral system.
Technological solutions to voter registration in Cambodia
In a similar vein to previous videos, this video is a good example of Cambodian efforts to educate voters about voting procedures in time for the next general election. It is a short and simple TV advert which gives clear instructions as to how the Cambodian public can phone a hotline and register to vote or update their voting details. It shows clearly how technology can be used to enhance electoral procedures and processes.
News Report from Reuters: Vote Counting Continues into the night in Libya
This news report from Reuters briefly reports on Libyan efforts to hold its first election in sixty years. It shows how vote counting continued into the night in the elections of 2011 and includes a few words from the UN envoy to Libya, Ian Martin.
London Elects: Electing a New Mayor
This video links to a series of adverts and information clips made to raise awareness of the 2012 London mayoral election and how to vote. The four videos are a good example of a successful information campaign and show how online media can be effectively used to highlight issues of importance to citizens.
Snapshots of EU Election Observation Missions conducted around the world
This collection of videos provides information on Election Observation Missions conducted by the EU around the world. These brief overviews provide a snapshot of elections that have happened in various areas of the globe and give an insight into the work and help given by EU election observers. Information is given on elections that occurred in Guinea-Bissau, Bolivia, Ethiopia and South Sudan among others and details of the voting procedures and processes are included.
Australian Electoral Commission
In a similar vein to other Electoral Commission promotional videos, this video from the Electoral Commission of Australia attempts to raise awareness of voting procedures and processes in Australia. Attempting to educate and inform the Australian public, it is another good example of an Electoral Commission using technology to promote transparency. As well as explaining how to register to vote and going through various administrative instructions, much attention is given over to explaining the compulsory voting system that is in place in the country.
Why election monitoring became an international norm?
Introducing Susan Hyde, assistant Professor in Political Science and International Studies at Yale University, this edition of the Macmillan Report examines why election monitoring has become an international norm. Delineating the countries of the world into good states and bad states, Professor Hyde argues that election monitoring became a norm only when it was in the interests of powerful states to promote democracy. Having been involved in election monitoring in Albania, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, Professor Hyde uses her first hand experience and knowledge to provide an academic perspective of the international phenomenon.
Technological Innovations in Elections: E-Voting without Fraud
In this fascinating lecture from a 2010 TED conference held in the UK, David Bismark talks about new research done into electoral procedures and e-voting in particular. Noting that e-voting is particularly vulnerable to fraud, he outlines a new voting paper and method which is both verifiable and secret. By encrypting every vote, scanning it into a database and providing a receipt, the new method allows every citizen to make sure their vote has been counted correctly allowing for a more transparent electoral process.
What is the Carter Centre: A short overview
This video is a short five minute report on the work and activities of the Carter Centre. As a pioneer of international election monitoring, it has observed 60 elections worldwide since 1989. This clip provides a brief overview of the work and activities undertaken by the centre and includes interviews from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and various Carter centre monitors from around the world. It is a helpful promotional video which is informative and emphasises the Carter centre’s neutrality and impartiality as a worldwide force.
Interactive explanation of how to vote in Scotland
This video is an interactive walkthrough of how to vote in Scotland which charts the entire process from when the polling card is received in the post until the election results are announced on TV. It is a step by step guide of what happens on Election Day and is both helpful and informative. In explaining a number of peculiarities within the Scottish and UK systems (polling places and tellers), it is a helpful and handy video for someone who is unfamiliar with the UK voting process.
General Philippe Morillon talking about the necessity of having international observers present during elections
In the first of four talks from the International Electoral Commission Conference of 2009, General Philippe Morillon argues that the role of international observers is a necessity in the 21st century. As the ex chief observer of the Election Observation Mission in Afghanistan, he compares two contested elections in Tehran and Kabul. Whereas international observers were present during elections in Afghanistan, they were not for the elections in Iran.
Dame Audrey Glover talking about the role of Election Commissions in combating fraud
With a background in election observation, Dame Audrey Glover enunciates a number of characteristics which make up an effective Election Commission. Amongst many other qualities, an effectual election commission should be a custodian of the whole process, it must be devoid of political affiliation and it must be seen to be independent and impartial. This ten minute talk is a well-articulated extrapolation of the main characteristics needed by an electoral commission in order for it to be capable of delivering fair, transparent and universally acclaimed elections.
Ambassador Janez Lenarcic talking about the work of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
As the director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Ambassador Janez Lenar?i? outlines a number of activities conducted by his institution within Europe. This ten minute video gives a taster of Janez’s talk which concerned election observation, post conflict situations and the OSCE’s work in emerging democracies. It is an interesting articulation and explanation of the role that international organisations play in the electoral process.
Bill Mundell talking about gerrymandering and the problems inherent within the U.S. Electoral System.
From the perspective of an entrepreneur who got involved with the issue of electoral reform by chance, Bill Mundell explains and tackles the issue of gerrymandering at the 2009 International Electoral Commission Conference. Having been involved in the creation of a company which introduced one of the first mapping software systems in the US, Bill warns that technological innovation will only increase the danger. It is an interesting and thought provoking talk which puts the spotlight on several perceived failing of the current U.S. electoral system.
Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index 2012
This short promotional video from Transparency International focuses on the Corruption Perception Index. It briefly explains what corruption is, what the index does and why it is needed. It is a useful explanation of the work undertaken by Transparency International as it attempts to encourage government accountability in elections throughout the world.
EC-UNDP Partnership on Electoral Assistance: Elections Violence and Conflict Prevention
In raising awareness of the links between elections, violence and conflict prevention, this fourteen minute video reviews the collaborative efforts of the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme with regard to electoral assistance. It provides a brief context before highlighting a conference recently organised by the joint task force in Barcelona. A number of delegates are interviewed about the problems facing countries trying to alleviate electoral violence and also the solutions.
UK Electoral Commission Advert: Ballot Box man
This advert by the UK Electoral Commission uses humour to get across the serious message that British citizens must register to vote before Election Day. By portraying a person who is trying to vote but is hindered by the Ballot box running away, it reminds viewers of the importance of registering in order to ensure an efficient and effective voting process. It is a good example of an electoral commission using online and visual media to raise awareness.
Elections in Africa: Stemming Corruption
In an attempt to shine a light on the continuing rigging and corruption of elections in Africa, this video by the Brookings Institution interviews Melvin Ayogu, a Fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative. Arguing that corruption can only be alleviated by countries that possess political order and accountability, Mr Ayogu has several interesting things to say about elections in Africa. He suggests that voter registration, appropriate databases and national identity cards are important and suggests that more research needs to be done into intra-party competition.
20th Anniversary of OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Produced by the ODIHR to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, this video reviews how the office has grown from humble beginnings to become one of Europe’s leading election observation institutions. By interviewing the current and former directors of the ODIHR, the video reflects on some of the achievements and challenges faced by the office. It provides an illuminating look into what the organisation does and also provides an insight into how the organisation sees itself.
Democracy and Consensus Building
This five minute promotional video revolves around the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work in promoting democratic processes. Highlighting the work of the political affairs division, it shows how the Commonwealth is able to provide technical support during elections and also send teams of independent observers to monitor said elections. This video helpfully articulates what the commonwealth does in the area of democracy and consensus building and mentions Guyana and South Africa as particularly successful examples of its work in action.
Saint Lucia Electoral Department: How to Vote?
In a simple series of steps, this video from the Saint Lucia Electoral Department explains how to vote at a Saint Lucian polling station. It is a very detailed and useful guide to the electoral process and procedures that are utilised in the country and is a good example of an electoral department’s public information video.
The work of SugDE (Sudanese Group for Democracy and Elections) from 2009 until 2011
Reflecting on the first elections to be held in Sudan in 50 years, this video charts the history of the Sudanese Group for Democracy and Elections (SuGDE) from its’ formation in 2009 until its’ successful2011 electoral reform conference. It explains how six separate organisations came to join together in order to help facilitate and monitor the general election of 2010. By endeavouring to work towards the further promotion of three principles; good governance, non—partisanship and reform, SugDE’s story is an inspiring one and one which is well captured in the documentary.
AusAID support for elections in Papua New Guinea
This short three minute briefing video highlights AusAID support in administering elections in Papua New Guinea. Following a request by the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission, AusAID provided training, logistics and operational support to the country for the 2012 general election. It provides a good overview of the work undertaken by AusAID and the Australian Civilian Corps in providing electoral assistance.
Beyond Free and Fair: Elections
In this extended roundtable discussion from the Carter Centre, experts from the world of international election monitoring and administration evaluate electoral observation as a concept and as a process. The panellists, including former director of the ODIHR Ambassador Christian Strohal and former chief electoral officer of the Palestinian Central Election Commission Ammar Dwaik, speak about their own experiences and consider best practice in the area. It is an illuminating and helpful exposition of election observation from the perspective of electoral observers themselves.
The Carter Center: Assisting with Democracy From the Bottom Up in China
In this informative and thought-provoking video, the Carter Center explains how it has been assisting in standardising election practices in village elections in China. Contrary to popular belief, elections are held at this local level every three years in more than 600,000 villages across China and are fair, transparent and accountable. In promoting good governance and citizen participation in the country, the Carter Center explains how it has aided these efforts.
What is the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)?
This promotional video from the Inter-Parliamentary Union briefly explains what the IPU is, what it does, and why it does it. Although it is only a short summary of the activities undertaken by the organisation, it is evocative and thought-provoking and clearly expresses why a global meeting place for parliaments is important. It is involved in election observer missions around the world and also provides technical assistance for countries and governments recovering from conflict.
CARICOM election observers in Trinidad and Tobago
This news report from CNC3 highlights the work of Caricom election observers as they reflect on a successful 2010 general election in Trinidad and Tobago. Reporting on a press conference from the Head of the Caricom observer team Hugh Cholmondeley, it provides a useful example of regional election observation in action. Although Mr Cholmondeley does allude to several perceived failings with the process, he is unequivocal in his assertion that the elections in Trinidad and Tobago were free, fair and transparent.
Professor Steve Schneider explains e-Voting
In stating that there are security problems with electronic voting, Professor Steve Schneider from the University of Surrey outlines an alternative form of e-voting which he hopes will become the worldwide standard for elections. By explaining how e-voting offers better accessibility and reliability than traditional paper ballots if it is secure, he talks about a new system which involves the voter retaining a receipt with a unique identification code on it. In much the same way as a previous video with David Bismark, this short three minute infomercial is both interesting and informative.
United Nations supports Elections around the Globe
This video from the United Nations attempts to highlight the leading role undertaken by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in helping nations hold credible elections. By focusing on the UNDPA and electoral assistance in particular, it is a useful explanation of what exactly the UN does to help instil confidence in elections around the world. It provides a brief overview of the work undertaken by the UNDPA which is brought to life by the inclusion of the case of Libya and the assistance provided for the recent elections.
Promotion from UK Parliament: Voting: What are elections?
A short multimedia clip directed at 11-18 year olds, this educational video from the UK parliament attempts to explain what elections are and why people should vote in them. Although it is a simplistic account and does not go into much depth, it is a useful example of the awareness raising efforts within the UK and from the UK Parliament in particular.
Free and Fair: The secret story behind Burma’s Elections of 2010
Using a wealth of images captured by the independent media organisation Democratic Voice of Burma, this short documentary endeavours to show the secret story behind Burma’s general election of 2010. It attempts to show how the military junta’s USDP party was given a significant advantage over the other competing parties. It includes interviews from a variety of different people throughout Burma/Myanmar who were involved in the elections.
Organisation of American States The Right to Civil Identity
Produced by the Organisation of American States, this short video entitled ‘the right to civil identity’ highlights the fact that some 10% of children born in Latin America and Caribbean have no official record of their birth. In lacking such a record, these children lack access to a variety of civic services and are not eligible to vote. This video in Spanish reflects on the PUICA program which attempts to reverse this trend.
Reporting from the 2012 ICPS Electoral Affairs Symposium in Mauritius
This video is an MBC (Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation) news report on the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies’ 2012 Electoral Affairs Symposium in Mauritius. Aside from detailing what occurred at the event, it also interviews a number of delegates and other attendees about the use of technology in elections.