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  • Observing the conduct of elections

    The Commonwealth is a pioneer in the field of international election observation and has observed over 160 elections in nearly 40 countries since 1980.

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Promoting Democracy

Building, supporting and strengthening legal systems and good governance in our member countries is a key aim of the Commonwealth.

Electoral Support

Through electoral support, the Commonwealth works to strengthen electoral democracy and election bodies, institutions and processes. Key activities include:

Good Offices for Peace

The Secretary-General’s Good Offices for Peace play an important role in political dispute mitigation and resolution.

This work may involve the appointment of distinguished representatives, or envoys, to promote dialogue between key actors and support the development of sustainable solutions to often deep-rooted tensions. 

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) assesses violations of Commonwealth values and recommends measures to restore democracy and constitutional rule. Its activities, composition and remit are reviewed every two years.

Statement by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth on Guyana Electoral Process Commonwealth Secretariat Logo

I note and welcome the 9 July 2020 statement from the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, which called on all stakeholders to respect the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s final court of appeal

Commonwealth Secretary-General congratulates Malawians and newly elected President, urges unity Woman voting in Malawi

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Malawi for their resolute commitment to democracy demonstrated in the conduct of the 23 June 2020 election

Commonwealth Secretariat statement on the general election process in Guyana Commonwealth Secretariat Logo

The Commonwealth continues to be concerned that the 2 March 2020 General Election process in Guyana is not yet concluded