The Election Integrity Cohort is led by India with co-leads Greece, Mauritius and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The cohort undertakes collaborative activities to enhance understanding of election integrity with due regard to national, social and cultural contexts. Credible elections are an essential building block of democracy and one of its most visible processes. They require strong democratic institutions and effective, professional, and impartial administration and must be built upon the principles of transparency, accountable governance, respect for human rights, inclusiveness, rule of law and an independent judiciary, lack of corruption, and a safe environment for all electoral stakeholders. In the lead-up to the second Summit for Democracy, the cohort is focused on three themes:
- The institutional framework and capacity of election management bodies, including issues around transparency, neutrality, professionalism, autonomy, resources and legal protections.
- Inclusive and accessible elections that enable meaningful participation with particular attention given to women, youth, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
- The use of technology in elections to improve communications, lower costs, achieve operational efficiencies, enhance transparency and strengthen data management with an emphasis on best practices.
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