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Carter Center to release new Election Obligations manual ahead of Democracy Summit


The Carter Center, with the support of the Embassy of Ireland in Zambia, is releasing a new edition of the Election Obligations and Standards manual, with a launch event that will be held in Lusaka on March 28.

The launch will be a hybrid event, scheduled ahead of the second global Summit for Democracy, co-hosted by the United States and the governments of Zambia, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Republic of Korea.

Carter Center Vice President of Peace Programs Barbara Smith said the Summit for Democracy meetings taking place this week are a critical opportunity to think collectively about how election standards can be rooted in international human rights laws, a reality for more people around the world.

She said the Election Obligations and Standards manual provides a detailed framework for assessing the democratic nature of elections, based on international standards rooted in human rights.

Read more: Democracy Summit an opportunity to continue strengthening democratic values —Rights Commission

David Carroll, director of the Democracy Program, said the Center’s work on Election Obligations and Standards is timelier than ever given the serious threats facing democracy globally.

He said the manual complements the Election Obligation and Standards database, an online tool also accessible to the public through the Center’s website.

This is according to a statement issued by Maria Cartaya Associate Director on Sunday, Communications at the Carter Center.

Contributed by Augustine Sichula

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