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Commonwealth issues final report on Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial elections Image of Sri Lanka flag

29 October 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has issued the report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Election, held on 21 September 2013.

Commonwealth releases report on the 2013 elections in Swaziland Image of Swaziland flag

28 October 2013

The elections were generally well organised, but fell short of meeting Swaziland’s key international obligations for democratic elections

Commonwealth releases Expert Team report on 2013 legislative polls in Rwanda Image of Rwanda flag

28 October 2013

Elections were peaceful and met key democratic electoral benchmarks

Commonwealth Junior Election Professionals initiative: speech by Amitav Banerji

22 October 2013

"This initiative is a tangible illustration of how important well-managed and credible elections are to the Commonwealth, which has democracy as one of its core values" - Amitav Banerji, Director of Political Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat

Commonwealth Junior Election Professionals initiative launched in India Image of participants of the Junior Election Professionals initiative in India

21 October 2013

Participants will examine how technology can contribute to more inclusive, transparent and credible elections across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Statement on Maldives

19 October 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said today that he is extremely concerned by the further stalling of the democratic process in Maldives, following the stopping this morning of the scheduled 19 October presidential election.

The Commonwealth Observer Group makes reference to statements made during the Maldives Police Service’s press conference this morning Image of maldives flag

19 October 2013

The Observer Group wishes to clarify that at no stage did the Commonwealth Observer Group or any of its members give advice to the Maldives Police Service regarding its decision to take action to prevent the 19 October Presidential election from taking place.

Mauritius and Seychelles secure and manage joint seabed rights through continental shelf submission Image of scuba divers and fish

A number of small-island and developing member countries face serious obstacles to managing and securing the benefits that may be associated with the management of ocean space, including the development of potentially lucrative marine resources.

Commonwealth assists seven Pacific countries to settle maritime boundaries Image of beach

The Pacific islands region has approximately 48 shared boundaries where maritime entitlements overlap as a matter of international law.

Commonwealth observers return to Maldives for 19 October election

17 October 2013

As part of the Commonwealth’s continuing observation of the Maldives presidential electoral process, a Commonwealth Observer Group is in the country for the 19 October election.