Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa

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Elections

The Center’s  programs promote the integrity and transparency of electoral and political processes based on good practices in international and humanitarian law and the tenets of citizen mobilization.

The Center’ conception of election-related programming seeks to take advantage of  he opportunities presented by elections to help advance democratic progress. CPHDA’s programs promote the integrity of electoral and political processes based on international human-rights precepts and the practicalities of mobilizing citizen participation. CPHDA’s election-related activities are tailored to the broader political process in each country to promote citizen action as electors and as electoral candidates to achieve democratic governance, mitigate potentials for political violence, and improve the lives of people. CPHDA is aware that:

 

  • Elections are a periodic test of the strength of democratic institutions, and they illuminate the underlying nature of the competition for political power in a country;
  • Elections are a vehicle for the participation of citizens in the democratic process, and they help to build capacities that are central to achieving accountable, democratic governance;
  • Elections are part of making democracy deliver a better quality of life by linking voters’ interests to the act of selecting a candidate, party or policy through public discourse and balloting; and
  • Elections are a means for managing the potentials for violent conflict and advancing human security.