This report is the outcome of the three day regional workshop convened by SAHR from 5-7 December 2007 in Kathmandu, Nepal with experts in the fields of human rights and electoral process. Experts invited from the region included a mix of election commissioners, political party representatives, election monitors, journalists and lawyers. The workshop identified possible interventions SAHR, as a regional human rights collective, could undertake in the area of electoral reform.
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- To identify possible interventions by SAHR in electoral reform in the region
- To share experiences within the region on conducting free and fair elections
- To examine mechanisms including modern technology that can make the electoral process transparent
- To convene a regional pool of experts on electoral process and election monitoring
As a precursor to the workshop the SAHR Secretariat prepared a background paper which set out issues that would be the focus of the Regional Workshop of Experts on Inclusive Electoral Processes. The first section of the paper provides a short background on each country which contextualises the issues that are discussed in the second section; it flags important issues and provides relevant country examples.
Download: Inclusive Electoral Process