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The United Nations: What it Does: Electoral Assistance

Electoral Assistance by the United Nations dates back to the late 1940s, and was formalised  in 1992 when the Electoral Assistance Unit was set up. The provision of assistance on the part of the UN is based on three tenets: to assist member states in holding democratic elections in accordance with human rights instruments; the contribute to a fair and sustainable institutional capacity within member states or organize free and fair elections; and to organize all or part of an electoral process, in substitution for or in partnership with national electoral authorities.

You can read more about the United Nations’ involvement in electoral assistance in Oppenheim’s International Law. Chapter 20 is now free to read throughout the month.

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