Fast Facts: Electoral Systems and Processes

01 Jul 2011

Elections are a transformative tool for democratic governance. Elections can allow genuine participation by all citizens in decisions affecting their lives, which is crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

But each vote is part of a larger process that stretches before, during and after an election – the electoral cycle. UNDP offers strategic assistance throughout the electoral cycle, from support to designing more effective systems to help in resolving disputes after the votes are counted. The UNDP strategy is about an integrated, long-term electoral-cycle approach to electoral assistance.

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