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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.

Nauru elections: Commonwealth brings ‘credibility in strengthening democracy’

The head of Nauru’s newly established electoral commission has hailed the Commonwealth for strengthening the country’s democracy.

'With Commonwealth help we will see Vanuatu’s democracy become stronger'

The Vanuatu Electoral Office, which has a permanent staff of just seven, is preparing for provincial polls next month.

Parliamentarians to make commitment on human rights

Government ministers and legal advisers from across the Commonwealth are meeting to lay the foundation for a global network of parliamentary champions of human rights.

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