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Department of Political Affairs

Electoral Resources

Electoral assistance

The United Nations in collaboration with other governmental and non governmental partners have developed several tools to provide elections practitioners with useful resources.

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network provides comprehensive and authoritative information on elections, promotes networking among election-related professionals and offers capacity development services.

The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network was created is a multi-phased partnership project developed by eight partner organizations, all long-term supporters of the Administration and Cost of Elections Project and leaders in the provision of targeted technical assistance in elections management; namely: Elections Canada, the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA), the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (I-IDEA), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD).

  • ACE offers election practitioners online services such as an encyclopedia on elections, comparative data on election practices worldwide; and a wide collection of electoral materials from all over the world.
  • ACE Practitioners’ Network brings together election professionals and practitioners from different countries and with diverse and complementary experience and specialization into the first ever global electoral knowledge network established in the field of elections. The Network is also supported by 10 Regional Electoral Resource Centres worldwide.
  • The ACE Capacity Development Facility focuses on electoral knowledge and experience-sharing; and promoting peer learning and peer support as key principles to build the skills of election managers.

BRIDGE Project -Building Resources in Democracy, Governance & Elections

Since its creation in 2002, the BRIDGE Project has become the most comprehensive professional development course in election administration. Born from a partnership between the United Nations (EAD and UNDP) in collaboration with the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Australian Electoral Commission, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the project has been developed by electoral administrators themselves - people with wide experience of elections in many different countries and contexts.

To date, scores of BRIDGE courses have been conducted by skilled professionals in more than 38 countries for over 4,000 participants. Each training aims to improve the skills, knowledge, and confidence of election professionals and key stakeholders in the electoral process, including members of the media, political parties, electoral observers and the donor community.

BRIDGE workshops are included in many electoral assistance projects and missions to develop the capacity of electoral authorities and other stakeholders.

International Service for Electoral News (ISEN)

ISEN allows interested individuals to register via email to receive daily news clippings (in English) of electoral related stories from online newspapers around the world. Created in 2004, ISEN is the fruit of cooperation between the Department of Political Affairs and the Electoral Tribunal of Panama. ISEN is maintained and generated by the International Relations Advisory Office of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama. The primary beneficiaries of the service are electoral administrators, government officials, the diplomatic community and academia. The United Nations offers no guarantee of completeness, accuracy or endorsement (implicit or explicit) of the information contained in ISEN clippings. To subscribe to receive ISEN clippings, please contact isen@tribunal-electoral.gob.pa

IFES Election Guide

Democracy assistance & elections news from the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS): http://www.electionguide.org



Elections and Stability in West Africa
Women and Elections
Women and Elections 
Guide to Promoting the Participation of Women in Elections:  jointly produced by the Electoral Assistance Division and the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender