The holding of elections is always a critical moment for any democracy. When elections take place in countries transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, from deep political crises to stability or from war to peace, their significance is greater than usual. In addition to bringing legitimacy to the government, they are expected to contribute to the consolidation of democracy, peace and stability. In some instances, these expectations are difficult to realize. In this respect, the proper timing and sequencing of transitional elections may be critical.
To contribute to the debate on this topic, International IDEA commissioned fifteen case studies and convened three expert workshops (2016–2017) on the timing and sequencing of transitional elections. Findings were published in International IDEA’s Policy Paper on the Timing and Sequencing of Transitional Elections in April 2019.
The Interactive Panel Discussion aims at raising awareness regarding this important topic and to exchange views on the relevance of the key findings of the Policy Paper to current EU policies and practice.
The event will be opened by Sam van der Staak, Head of Europe Programme, International IDEA Europe Office, followed by the keynote introductions of Isabel Martinho, Deputy Head of Division, EEAS Global 3 (Democracy and Electoral Observation) and Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit “Gender, Human Rights and Democratic Governance”, DG DEVCO at European Commission. Sead Alihodzic, Senior Programme Officer, International IDEA’s Electoral Processes Team and co-author of the publication will make a brief presentation of the paper and the discussions will be initiated by Peter Vanhoutte, Former EU mediator in the Republic of North Macedonia and Monique van Es, Specialist conflict mediation and reconciliation.
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