Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A day for celebrating elections

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Most countries in the world have committed to regulating the organization of presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections.

But there are still some countries in the world where democratic elections are still not held.

We should think of both on 7 February.

That’s according to the Hungary-based Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Officials (ACEEEO) – an organization that promotes the institutionalization and professionalization of democratic processes, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe.

Global Elections Day is an idea that came from a conference of electoral experts in Hungary in September 2005.

They wanted to strengthen the development of democracy throughout the world – and they chose the first Thursday of February, noting that most of the international agreements in the field of elections were signed on – or around – this date.

Today the ACEEEO gets support from international organizations such as the United Nations.

It’s part of the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network – an organization with offices around the world whose aim is to compile and process information related to voting.

Where are democratic elections most needed, do you think? Which countries should we be thinking of on Global Elections Day?