Electoral Support

The Commonwealth Secretariat helps member countries to strengthen democratic institutions and processes and enable citizen participation and representation during elections. This is achieved using the full electoral cycle approach in our engagement with member countries. ​

During elections, and on receipt of an invitation, the Commonwealth Secretary-General will often deploy an independent observer group to give an impartial assessment and offer recommendations on possible improvements.

Between elections, we work with a variety of national stakeholders to help implement observer recommendations. ​

Promoting good practice

The Secretariat also promotes good electoral practice through the publication of expert guides and handbooks, and fosters knowledge sharing and capacity building through the Commonwealth Electoral Network and Commonwealth Election Professionals Initiative. ​

Learn more about how we promote good practice through: 

Election Observation at 40

From July 2020, we are commemorating 40 years of election observation.

Through an events series 40 Years of Commonwealth Election Observation: Evolving, Responding, Innovating, the Commonwealth is reflecting on lessons learnt and how the methodology and international election observation community has evolved. Learn more and register to attend the event series.

We are also looking ahead to future challenges and opportunities in the field of elections.

Explore the Elections at 40 overview timeline (PDF)

View our thematic timelines: