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Tesi etd-02052018-115854

Thesis type
Master univ. I liv.
The Potential Benefits of Establishing an Independent Electoral Commission in St.Vincent and the Grenadines
Corso di studi
Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) (online)
relatore Dott. Lunardi, Viviane
Parole chiave
  • democratic stability
  • Electoral Management Bodies EMBs
  • independent electoral commission
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • technical administration of elections
Data inizio appello
Riassunto analitico
This thesis considers the potential benefits of establishing an independent electoral commission on the democractic quality and technical adminstration of elections in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. The underlined hypothesis is that the establisment of an independent electoral commission will yield a potential increase in the democratic quality and technical administration of elections. The thesis is built on research work, coupled with conclusions by related documents that provide guidelines on the subject which have been issued or endorsed by international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union (EU), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). In addition, field reports from international assistance agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in the United States almost unanimously indicates that independent electoral bodies serve democratic stability better than elections run by the executive branch and that they have the potential to impact democratic quality and the technical administration of elections.<br>During the course of this current research it has been identified that Electoral Management Bodies EMBs) are the front-line agencies for electoral governance and ideally they should seek to follow certain fundamental guiding principles, including independence, impartiality, integrity, transparency, efficiency, professionalism and service mindedness which is believed could impact the democratic quality and the technical administration of elections. Internationally, three main motives have been identified to explain the creation of such bodies (OECD, 2008) .The first refers to a widely-held desire to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government entities with specialised functions. The second reason focuses on improving legitimacy and the expertise of decision making. The third emphasises political motives, where a new body may be set up as a political response to demonstrate commitment to an issue or cause.<br>Findings in this research support the hypothesis of the thesis, by confirming that Independent Electoral Commission do yield potential increase in the democratic quality and technical administration of elections.<br>