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Department of Political Affairs


Inter governmental organizations

In order to increase efficiency and avoid the duplication of efforts in the provision of electoral assistance to Member States, the Electoral Assistance Division works in close collaboration with a number of other intergovernmental organizations. This involves the coordination of technical assistance provided as per the Member State’s request, and appropriate division of labour to avoid overlapping efforts. EAD may also provide partner organizations with tools and advice for the development of their own electoral assistance capacities.

Partner organizations include, among others, the African Union (AU), the European Commission (EC), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Organization for Francophonie (OIF), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

National electoral authorities

Members of national electoral authorities possess expertise that can be invaluable for UN electoral support to other Member States. Therefore, the Electoral Assistance Division seeks to foster exchanges through an electoral information network, as well as South-South electoral assistance. For instance, such cooperation has taken place with members of the Australian Electoral Commission, the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Brazil, the Indian Electoral Commission, the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico and the Electoral Tribunal of Panama.

Non-governmental organizations

The Electoral Assistance Division has developed partnerships with non-governmental organizations specializing in elections, such as the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO), the Carter Center, the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Collaboration has focused on issues such as political party capacity building, voter registration studies, the identification of best practices, the use of technology, and the promotion of standards on electoral observation.

GEO Conference

DPA is partnering with UNDP and non-UN entities for the sixth GEO conference to take place in Seoul, South Korea, in October 2013.