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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 observer report on Zambia’s election released

Commonwealth election observers have offered recommendations for strengthening Zambia’s electoral processes and political environment, in a report published today.

The Commonwealth can support parliaments across the world, says Secretary-General

The Commonwealth is a pioneer which offers innovative solutions to global challenges, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland told legislators at the 2016 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Commonwealth observers in Ghana issue interim statement on 2016 general elections

As the people of Ghana await the final outcome of the elections, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Thabo Mbeki, commended the country for its role in ensuring the success of the electoral process so far.

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