Make your voice heard! Participatory democracy for all.

Electoral assistance as a means of combating inequalities and exclusion.

Elections are a crucial process in any country, and ensuring a transparent and credible electoral process is a precondition for democracy, development and more: a denominator of economic growth, eradication of poverty and lasting peace. Three of the major economic and cultural engines in Africa are going, or have gone, to the polls this year and the next. Nigeria held elections in February, South Africans casted votes in May, Ethiopia is preparing for next year’s elections in the midst of a massive reform process. Juxtaposing the African continent, Jordan and Afghanistan are holding elections soon, in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Jordan continues to play a leading role as an anchor of peace in an otherwise fragile region, while Afghanistan continues to pose serious security challenges, writ large. The conduct of these elections may dictate whether the opportunity will exist to work towards a more inclusive society, recognizing that most conflicts originate or exacerbate exclusion. Feeling represented, safe to express political views and having ownership of your country’s future are preconditions for a healthy and inclusive society. What lessons can be learnt from these diverse countries on working towards inclusivity through the ballot?

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