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    The Commonwealth has observed more than 130 elections in 36 countries since 1980, most recently observing Tanzania’s General Elections.

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Democracy

Building, supporting and strengthening legal systems in our member countries is a key aim of the Commonwealth. This includes promoting regular elections and strengthening election bodies, institutions and processes.

The Commonwealth regularly sends teams to observe and report on the conduct of elections.  We help build lasting democratic institutions, enabling citizen participation and representation at national and local level. We believe in invitation, not intervention, and follow the principles outlined in the international declaration and code of conduct for election observers

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) assesses violations of Commonwealth values and recommends measures to restore democracy and constitutional rule. Composed of 10 Commonwealth member countries, CMAG has authority to suspend a country from the Commonwealth. Its activities, composition and remit are reviewed every two years.

Commonwealth observers issue statement on arrival in Papua New Guinea

Commonwealth election observers in Papua New Guinea will be “objective, independent and impartial”, the group’s chair has said.

Commonwealth Observer Group issues Lesotho elections Interim Statement

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2017 National Assembly Elections in Lesotho elections has commended the Basotho for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they voted on 3 June

Togo exploring application to join the Commonwealth

The government of Togo is exploring making a formal bid for membership of the Commonwealth, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretariat confirmed today.