How electoral processes can promote inclusivity and build stronger societies

Exploring similarities and differences between Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Africa's three economic giants - Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia - compared to Jordan and Afghanistan

Ensuring a transparent and credible electoral process is a precondition for democracy and development. It is a denominator of economic growth, eradication of poverty and lasting peace. Nigeria held elections in February, South Africans voted in May, and Ethiopia is preparing for next year’s elections. Jordan and Afghanistan are holding elections in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Jordan continues to play a leading role as an anchor of peace in a fragile region, while Afghanistan continues to pose serious security challenges. 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? 

Organised by


Marielle Sandrine Petroni
Programme Manager
European Commission - DG for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Chiara Adamo
Head of unit
European Commission - DEVCO - Civil Society and Foundations
Zuhair Abdel Qader Hussein Abu Faris
Vice Chairman
Independent Election Commission of Jordan
Christian Joly
Political Advisor
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Glenton Mashinini
Electoral Commission of South Africa
Anthonia Okoosi Taiye Simbine
Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture - Nigeria
Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria
Samar Khaled Subhi Haj Hasan
Independent Electoral Commission of Jordan
Nabila Musleh
Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs - Afghanistan
Ministry of Women's Affairs Afghanistan