Elections and peace

While there are more elections being held globally every year, there are also many that flawed or failed, according to research from the Electoral Integrity Project. The most recent report examines the integrity of elections held in 107 countries from 2012-2014.

The worst elections last year were in Afghanistan, Syria and Bahrain. These countries also perform poorly on the Global Peace Index: Syria is the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Afghanistan, while Bahrain ranks 111th of 162 countries.

The research also identifies countries at risk of failed elections in the coming years; these countries were prominently in Africa and the Middles East, with some clear exceptions in both regions.

Democracy, development and power-sharing constitutions were found to strengthen electoral integrity. However an interesting exception to this trend can be seen in the United States with concerns over electoral laws and voter registration.  

For more on this, see the Electoral Integrity Project

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