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Election Observation: Then and Now | Q&A with Carter Center Expert David Carroll

David Carroll, director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program, has been in the field for about 40 of the Center’s election observation missions and helped manage another 30 or so from headquarters in Atlanta. On the eve of the Center’s 100th election mission, which will take place in Guyana on May 11, he sat down to explain how election observation works and how the field has changed since 1989, when the Center began its election work.

Tunisians Vote in First Free Presidential Election | Photos

When Tunisians took to the polls on Sunday, Nov. 23, to elect a president of their choice in a genuine democratic election, a Carter Center team of 85 were on hand to observe the election process and report on its fairness.

Mozambique Elections Could Mark Turning Point

Dr. John Stremlau is vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center.

Last week, I was in Mozambique to observe the country’s fifth national election since the end of a bitter civil war that raged for 15 years following the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975.

The election was mostly peaceful and far more competitive, transparent, and inclusive than …

Credible Elections are a Starting Point for Change in Madagascar

The Carter Center was pleased to partner with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa for a joint election observation mission to Madagascar’s Dec. 20 legislative and second-round presidential elections. Former Mauritius President Cassam Uteem, EISA Executive Director Dr. Denis Kadima, and I co-led the delegation.

Critical Nepal Election to End Stalemate, Promote Stability | Q&A with David Pottie

Carter Center expert David Pottie explains the importance of Nepal’s upcoming election and the role of Carter Center observers.

The Need for Election Observation in… Norway?

The Nobel Peace Prize, the playwright Henrik Ibsen, the pop group A-ha — this was pretty much the extent of my knowledge about Norway until recently. But this summer, The Carter Center was invited by the Kingdom of Norway to observe their Internet voting trials in connection with this year’s parliamentary elections, which took place on Monday, Sept. 9. With a first visit in July, I have since learned a great deal more.

Update from the field: Nepal Teams Monitor Voter Registration

Watch the Carter Center’s Far Western Region team observing voter registration for upcoming national and local elections in Nepal and discussing their work. Since 2009, The Carter Center has monitored and reported on issues related to Nepal’s peace process. The Center’s long-term observers are deployed throughout the country and often travel to remote communities to gain an understanding of local perspectives.

Carter Center Long-Term Impact in Nepal Rooted in Local Encounters

Author: Ben Dunant, Carter Center observer in Nepal. Since 2009, The Carter Center has monitored and reported on topics related to Nepal’s peace process. The Center’s long-term observers often travel to remote communities to gain an understanding of citizen perspectives, and they are currently reporting on local governance issues.

Jordan Elections Offer a Test of Recent Reforms

Jordan’s Jan. 23 parliamentary elections are taking place in a climate of uncertainty, due to dissatisfaction with the pace of electoral reform and frustration with the state of the economy. In late-November there were demonstrations against the monarch, sparked by a sharp increase in gas prices. The upcoming parliamentary elections are the first after a series of limited electoral reforms were implemented. A small Carter Center study team is in Jordan to assess several key political and electoral reform issues.

Election Observers Aim to “Illuminate” the Process in Sierra Leone

Nick Jahr is among eight long-term observers deployed to Sierra Leone as part of the Center’s observation of the Nov. 17, 2012, presidential and parliamentary elections.

Sierra Leone’s last election was a historic one: the first time the country’s opposition took power more or less peacefully. This also will be a landmark of another sort: the first election conducted solely …

Carter Center Conducts Study Mission to Venezuela Elections

Ahead of key Oct. 7 presidential elections in Venezuela, The Carter Center is conducting an independent study mission to follow the campaign, with political and electoral analysts interviewing political actors and technical experts on the ground.

The Carter Center also will send a small group of experts for an informal presence on election day to interview political actors and voters …

Carter Center on Leading Edge of Technology Use in Election Observation

The Carter Center is pioneering new technology that allows observations from polling stations across a country to be transmitted to headquarters immediately, allowing a richer picture of an election to emerge in real time – key to being able to determine quicker if an election is credible.

As the international community looks to observer organizations to determine if elections in …

On The Ground in Egypt: Carter Center Mission Witnesses June 16-17 Presidential Runoff Election

A limited Carter Center mission witnessed the June 16-17 runoff election for Egypt’s president, with 90 witnesses from 36 countries deployed to follow polling, counting, and those parts of the tabulation processes to which the Center had access.  Abdel Karim Al-Eryani, former prime minister of Yemen, Marwan Muasher, foreign minister of Jordan, Jason Carter, state senator of Georgia, and David …

Egypt Election: Witnessing Egypt’s Historic Presidential Vote, Runoff Election June 16-17

UPDATE:  Carter Center Announces Delegation to Witness June 16-17 Runoff Election in Egypt (عربي) >>

Voting began Wednesday in Egypt, where more than 50 million registered voters may choose the first genuinely democratically elected president in the country’s history.

In the Al-Sayeda Zeinab and Al-Sayeda Aisha neighborhoods of Cairo, hundreds of people lined up outside polling stations ahead of poll …

On The Ground in Cairo: Carter Center Delegation Witnesses Third Phase of Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined a 40-member Carter Center delegation to witness the third phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections Jan. 10-11.  The delegation, deployed in Egypt since mid-November for the three-phase election, represents 21 countries.  In addition to witnessing the polling and counting, President Carter and the Carter Center leadership team met with key stakeholders, including the Supreme Judicial …