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Press Releases: Democracy Program

Read the latest news below about the Carter Center's work around the world.

John Kerry and Aminata Touré to Co-Lead Carter Center Delegation to Kenya Election

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former Prime Minister of Senegal Aminata Touré will co-lead the Carter Center’s election observation mission in Kenya. The mission will deploy more than 50 observers throughout the country on election day. Learn More

Carter Center Encourages Citizen Participation in Democratic Processes and Electoral Observation in Nicaragua

On May 25, The Carter Center held a forum titled “The Responsibility of Citizens in the Strengthening of Democracy” to discuss the importance of citizen engagement in democratic processes, including domestic electoral observation. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Final Guyana 2015 Election Report

The Carter Center today released its final report on Guyana’s 2015 general and regional elections. The report summarizes the Carter Center’s observation activities and makes recommendations to the Guyanese authorities to improve future elections to help bring them in line with international standards for democratic elections and Guyana’s own legal framework. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission in Kenya

At the invitation of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for the country’s Aug. 8 general election. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Myanmar’s 2017 By-Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar for participating in important by-elections on April 1. The Center did not directly observe the elections, but supported the observation efforts of local partner Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOP). Learn More

Carter Center Releases Statement on Liberia’s Voter Registration Process

The Carter Center deployed a delegation of international electoral experts to Liberia to assess the voter registration process and the pre-election environment in advance of general elections anticipated in October 2017, when voters will elect a new president and 73 members of the House of Representatives. Learn More

The Carter Center and Partners to Present Key Findings from DRC Mining Sector Fiscal Analyses

The Carter Center and its Congolese civil society partners will present key findings from fiscal analyses of five major mining projects in Democratic Republic of Congo at an event that will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Sultani Hotel, 30 Avenue De La Justice. Learn More

Carter Center Urges DRC, Freeport, and Lundin to Publish Revised TFM Contract and Disclose Payments to DRC State-owned Miner Gécamines

The Carter Center urges the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the contract for the transfer of Congo’s most productive copper mining joint venture, Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), to new investors. Learn More

Carter Center Applauds DRC Political Agreement and Urges All Participants to Resolve Outstanding Issues

The Carter Center commends the participants of the recent talks held under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Congo (CENCO), including representatives of the presidential majority, opposition, and civil society, whose hard work and perseverance resulted in an inclusive political agreement on Dec. 31, 2016. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia to Ensure Full Legislative Authority for Parliament

The Carter Center commends Tunisia’s parliament, the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP), for its efforts to strengthen legal protections for the fundamental rights provided for in the 2014 Constitution and to establish key constitutionally mandated institutions. While important progress has been made in these areas during the last two years, the Center recommends that the ARP take steps to ensure it has full legislative authorities so that it can fulfill its duties to pass important legislation. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Greater Civil Society Engagement in Upcoming Human Rights Consultations

The Carter Center commends the decision by the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Authorities, Civil Society and Human Rights to launch public consultations in preparation for the Tunisia’s first periodic report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the passage of the new constitution in 2014. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Integrity of U.S. Elections

Recent claims about rigging of U.S. elections are unfounded and irresponsible. Based on our knowledge of the electoral system in the United States and of the many independent analyses of U.S. polling processes, The Carter Center has great confidence in the overall administrative integrity of U.S. elections. Checks and balances within our electoral system exist to protect it against manipulation. These include processes and checks before and after election day to ensure the integrity of the election process, such as pre-election testing of voting technology and postelection audits that take place in some states; the widespread presence of agents from both parties in polling stations; and the broad access to election results given to the media and the public, enabling transparent reviews of the election results. The American electoral process also benefits from the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of poll workers and election officials, who represent both parties and ensure the integrity of the voting and counting process. Learn More

Carter Center Refutes Allegations in Al Akhbar Article

An article published in Al Akhbar, a Moroccan newspaper, on Sept. 21, makes false allegations against Moroccan preacher Oustada Naima Ben Yaich, who was a participant in a Carter Center workshop earlier in the month. The Carter Center strongly refutes the false allegations in the article entitled, “The preacher Ben Yaich incites international jurists against Moroccan Security Services in a Countering Daesh workshop in Switzerland.” Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Improvements in Electoral Legislation, and for Municipal and Regional Elections

The Carter Center urges the Assembly of the Representatives of the People to move quickly to adopt key amendments to the draft electoral law so that municipal and regional elections can be held as soon as possible. Learn More

Carter Center Expresses Deep Concern about Zambia’s 2016 Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions

The Carter Center is deeply concerned about key aspects of the 2016 Zambian electoral process in both the pre- and post-electoral period, especially the failure of Zambia’s institutions to provide a level playing field prior to election day and adequate due process to ensure a fair hearing and effective remedy for electoral petitions filed following the polls. Unfortunately, this represents a significant step backward for Zambia. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Palestine Elections Postponement

The Carter Center hopes that today’s decision by the Palestinian High Court of Justice to postpone municipal elections in Gaza and the West Bank will not result in a long delay or the cancelling of these elections. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Final Election Report from Myanmar

The Carter Center today released the final report of its assessment of the Nov. 8, 2015, general elections in Myanmar. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Preliminary Election Statement from Zambia

The Carter Center expresses concerns regarding pre-election environment and urges patience while results come in. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Webpage on Election Observation in the United States

The Carter Center, with partners at the National Conference of State Legislatures, today launched a webpage on election observation in the United States. The page houses research that examines access and current regulations for election observers in each of the 50 states, including a state-by-state breakdown of access and accreditation for different types of observers. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Limited Election Mission to Zambia

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Carter Center has launched a limited international election observation mission for Zambia’s Aug. 11 elections and national referendum on the Bill of Rights. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Assessment of Liberia’s Pre-Election Environment

In advance of 2017’s key national elections, The Carter Center today released an assessment of the pre-election environment that includes recommendations to help Liberia continue to strengthen its democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Pre-Election Assessment Team Headed to Liberia

A Carter Center pre-election assessment team will travel to Liberia next week, following up an earlier visit in April. The team will evaluate the pre-election environment and status of technical preparations in advance of legislative elections scheduled for October 2017. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on its Limited Election Observation Mission in the Philippines

The Carter Center today issued its findings from a limited election observation mission to the Philippines May 9 general elections. Learn More

Statement on Daniel Ortega's Decision Not to Invite International Observers to Nicaragua Elections

ATLANTA — President Daniel Ortega has closed the door to international observation of national elections to be held on November 6, 2016, despite the clamor for observation by a majority of the Nicaraguan people. Learn More

Carter Center Receives Award for Promoting Human Rights in the DRC Mining Sector in Collaboration with Civil Society Partners

The Carter Center will receive the International Association for Impact Assessment's Institutional Award this week at the IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability conference in recognition of its work with local civil society partners to protect human rights in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Myanmar Post-Election Statement

Myanmar's Union Election Commission has addressed post-election complaints in a transparent manner, The Carter Center said in a statement released today, but the country's new government should address legal and structural issues to make it easier for candidates and citizens to pursue complaints in future elections and to further increase the transparency of the tabulation of results. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Congratulates Myanmar on Sitting of New Legislatures; Carter Center Continues its Post-Election Observation

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar on the sitting of the newly elected union and state/regional legislative assemblies. The results of the historic elections on Nov. 8, 2015, delivered a strong mandate to incoming representatives to press forward with Myanmar's ongoing transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Nepal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center call on the international community to continue providing desperately needed humanitarian support to Nepal and urge the country's political leaders to work quickly to resolve differences over the new constitution. Learn More

Carter Center to Hold Forum in Ghana on Rights of Women and Girls

On Dec. 7-9, The Carter Center will bring together more than 40 scholars, activists, and religious leaders to seek ways to combat the abuse and oppression of women and girls, and means of countering interpretations of faith-based teachings that perpetuate inequality and gender-based violence. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Myanmar People on Election, Urges Key Democratic Reforms

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar, who have exercised their political rights with pride and enthusiasm. Both on election day and in the preceding months, they participated as voters, observers, political party agents, election officials, and civil society activists. Learn More

Carter Center Election Observation Delegation Arrives in Yangon Wednesday

The Carter Center's election observation mission enters a new phase Wednesday with the arrival of more than 50 short-term observers in advance of the Nov. 8 general election. The delegation will be co-led by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former chairman of Nepal's Election Commission Bhojraj Pokharel, and incoming chairman of the Carter Center's Board of Trustees Jason Carter. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Guatemalan President-Elect Jimmy Morales

On Oct. 21, The Carter Center sent a small, high-level political delegation to Guatemala City for Sunday's run-off presidential election. The presence of the delegation did not constitute an electoral observation but was an expression of the international community's high interest in Guatemala's democratic process. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Latest Statement on Myanmar's Pre-Election Activities

The Carter Center today released its latest statement on Myanmar's pre-election activities, making recommendations to help ensure a democratic process in the days to come. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Political Delegation to Guatemala Runoff Elections

On Oct. 21, The Carter Center will send a small, high-level political delegation to Guatemala City ahead of Sunday's runoff presidential election. The delegation will be led by Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican minister of foreign affairs, and John Maisto, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States — both members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter — and by Jennie Lincoln, director of the Center's Americas Program. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet on Nobel Peace Prize

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter congratulate the National Dialogue Quartet on the 2015 Nobel Prize for Peace. The peace prize is testament to the Quartet's success in steering Tunisia through deadlock and crisis to the adoption of the constitution and peaceful, credible, democratic elections. Learn More

The Carter Center and IFES Expand Cooperation

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and The Carter Center have entered into a memorandum of understanding to guide a partnership based on the common mission of strengthening the quality of elections and democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Important Breakthrough in Colombian Peace Process

The Carter Center welcomes the important announcement made by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, on Sept. 23. The major breakthroughs that were reached on the issues of victims, transitional justice, and disarmament, as well as the commitment to an immediate, bilateral cease-fire and to sign a final peace agreement within six months, represent an historic progress to end the country's 51-year war. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Project on the Benefits of Evidence-Based Observation of U.S. Elections

As The Carter Center marks 10 years as an original endorser of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, its Democracy Program has launched a new project aimed at supporting those working to improve the quality of elections in the United States. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on Candidate Scrutiny Process and Campaign Environment in Myanmar

The Carter Center election observation mission has deployed field teams to observe the electoral campaign, which officially started on Sept. 8. The first week of campaigning, as observed by the Center in three states, was peaceful, and parties report being able to conduct their campaign activities without significant difficulty. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Sept. 6 General Elections in Guatemala

The Carter Center's high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala found these elections to be distinct, not only in regard to Guatemala's electoral history, but also in the context of the region. Learn More

Carter Center's High-Level Political Delegation Calls Guatemalans to Vote on Sunday

After its first contact with electoral authorities and other Guatemalan stakeholders, the Carter Center's high-level political delegation has found an extraordinary climate of peace and civic commitment despite the complex political moment through the country has experienced. In this spirit, we encourage all citizens to vote in peace and with democratic conviction, sure that in this new stage, an election with high voter turnout will fortify Guatemala's transformation. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Political Delegation to Guatemala Elections

At the invitation of the Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), The Carter Center will send a small, high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala. Learn More

Carter Center Joins ADEPT Consortium to Advance Democracy

Leaders of The Asia Foundation, The Carter Center, Democracy International, Freedom House, IREX, and World Learning met in Washington today to discuss their enhanced cooperation in programs worldwide to advance democratic elections and political transitions. Learn More

The Carter Center Issues Second Report and Recommendations on Myanmar's Electoral Process

A number of important steps have been taken in the election process since March 2015, according to a Carter Center monitoring mission report released today. Observer accreditation procedures have been finalized, a large number of political parties have announced intentions to compete, and most parties have signed a code of conduct. Learn More

Tunisia: Counterterror Law Endangers Rights

Tunisia's new counterterrorism law imperils human rights and lacks the necessary safeguards against abuse, eight nongovernmental organizations said today. The law grants security forces broad and vague monitoring and surveillance powers, extends incommunicado detention from 6 to up to 15 days for terrorism suspects, and permits courts to close hearings to the public and allow witnesses to remain anonymous to the defendants. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Disclosure of Terms of Kawama Permit Transfer

The Carter Center urges the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the terms of the deal in which state-owned mining company Gécamines lost its interest in the potentially rich Kawama concession. In February 2015, Chabara Sprl, in which Gécamines holds a 30 percent stake, sold the Kawama permit to one of the country's largest companies, Mutanda Mining. The sale was reported in the media only this week. Learn More

Carter Center Mining Governance Program Launches Updated Website

The Carter Center's mining governance program launched a revamped and improved Congo Mines website (www.congomines.org) on June 24 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Learn More

Carter Center Will Not Observe Cherokee Nation Elections

The Carter Center was informed on June 16 of the decision by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission not to extend an invitation to The Carter Center to observe the upcoming elections. While the Center regrets this news, it respects the commission's decision and will not deploy an observer team for the elections. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Supreme Constitutional Court Decision to Uphold Commitment to Democratic Processes

The Carter Center commends the Supreme Constitutional Court's decision to reject the request from parliamentarians to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Comprehensive Preliminary Statement on Guyana Elections

The Carter Center today released its final preliminary statement on Guyana's May 11 general and regional elections. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Tunisia on Successful 2014 Elections and Makes Recommendations for Improving Electoral Process

The Carter Center has released its final report summarizing its findings and highlighting the genuine and competitive nature of the 2014 legislative and presidential elections in Tunisia. The three rounds of elections were the latest steps in a transition to democracy that grew from a spark in December 2010 to the peaceful ouster of the authoritarian Ben Ali regime in January 2011. Learn More

President Carter Calls for Release of Guyana's Election Results

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has urged Guyana's election commission to release election results and called on political leaders to act responsibly. Learn More

Tunisia: Drop or Amend Security Bill

Tunisian legislators should drop problematic provisions from a new security bill, 13 nongovernmental organizations said in a joint statement today. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Guyana's Election Process and Urges Patience as Results Are Finalized

On May 11, Guyanese citizens turned out in large numbers to cast their votes in what is probably the most important election since the watershed elections of 1992. Guyanese voters waited patiently in long lines from early in the morning until into the evening. All across the country, thousands of dedicated poll workers, party agents, and officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) served with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. GECOM officials and poll workers are to be commended for these efforts. Learn More

Statement from The Carter Center

President Carter was not feeling well and has departed Guyana to return to Atlanta today. The Carter Center election observation mission in Guyana is continuing its work and will keep him informed of developments. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Peaceful Election Process in Guyana

Guyana's electoral preparations appear to be on track in most of the country, according to early Carter Center observer reports, which also expressed deep concern about divisive campaign rhetoric. Learn More

President Carter Congratulates Guyana President David Granger

Guyana's electoral preparations appear to be on track in most of the country, according to early Carter Center observer reports, which also expressed deep concern about divisive campaign rhetoric. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Urges Long-term Support to Nepal

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and ongoing rescue and recovery operations in Nepal, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calls on the international community to redouble efforts to support Nepal and to develop clear plans for long-term assistance and rebuilding. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia's Legislative Assembly to Continue to Support Democratic Transition

After two years of deliberation and negotiation, Tunisia adopted its new constitution in January 2014. Today, The Carter Center released its comprehensive report on the constitution and the deliberative process that culminated in its adoption, as well as recommendations for next steps in its implementation. Learn More

Carter Center Launches International Election Observation Mission in Guyana

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Guyana's May 11 elections at the invitation of the government of Guyana. Learn More

The Carter Center Issues Report and Recommendations on Myanmar's Electoral Process

Myanmar's Union Election Commission is making efforts to improve the transparency and integrity of the electoral process in advance of the 2015 general elections, according to a Carter Center monitoring mission report released today. However, a number of key challenges need to be addressed in order to ensure that the upcoming elections earn the confidence of voters, political parties, and civil society organizations. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Peaceful Elections in Lesotho

In the run-up to Lesotho's national elections on Feb. 28, The Carter Center encourages all political parties and leaders to ensure a peaceful electoral process and respect for the democratic process. Learn More

Carter Center Convenes First Major Meeting between Election Observation and Human Rights Communities

ATLANTA — Leading members of the election and human rights communities will come together today at The Carter Center for the first major meeting between the two groups. Co-chaired by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Assistant Secretary General Ivan Šimonović, the Human Rights and Election Standards Conference will provide participants an opportunity to reflect on areas of common interest between the two communities. Participants will also discuss potential future cooperation and will advance solutions to technical and political challenges to electoral reform at the national, regional, and international levels. Learn More

New Report Assesses Transparency of Congolese Mining Sector

While efforts to ensure transparency in Congo's lucrative mining sector have made some progress in recent years, much more is needed in order to ensure that key information is made available to the public, according to a new report published by three Congolese NGO networks in partnership with the Carter Center. Learn More

Tunisia Elects President in Successful and Transparent Electoral Process

Early Carter Center observer reports indicate that Tunisia has successfully completed its first democratic election cycle under the new constitution with Dec. 21's final round of the presidential election. Learn More

Carter Center Launches International Delegation for Presidential Runoff in Tunisia

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Tunisia's Dec. 21 presidential runoff, its third such effort in 2014. Learn More

Tunisia Holds Peaceful, Well-Organized Presidential Election, Further Consolidating Democratic Transition

Tunisian citizens voted in a genuine and competitive election on Nov. 23, the country's first presidential elections under the new constitution. This presidential election further consolidates Tunisia's democratic transition following a long and sometimes contentious transition period. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Political Leaders to Reach Consensus to Conclude Nepal's Constitution-Drafting

In recent weeks, as the Jan. 22 deadline to promulgate a new constitution approaches, Nepal's constitution-making process has become increasingly polarized. The Carter Center urges all parties to recommit to the spirit of consensus upon which the peace process and constituent assembly are founded and to find broadly acceptable compromises to bring constitution-making to a successful close. Learn More

Carter Center Launches International Delegation for Presidential Election in Tunisia

Under the accreditation of the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE) of Tunisia, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Tunisia's presidential election on Nov. 23. Learn More

New Publications from The Carter Center and International IDEA Focus on Common Language for Electoral Integrity

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and The Carter Center today launched two publications that break new ground on reviewing and assessing legal frameworks for elections. Learn More

Carter Center Reports Calm, Orderly, and Transparent Process in Historic Tunisian Elections

Tunisia's historic legislative elections on Oct. 26 were carried out in a calm, orderly, and transparent manner throughout the country. In a preliminary statement released by The Carter Center today, election observers reported that many Tunisians waited patiently in long lines to exercise their right to vote in the first election carried out under the new Tunisian constitution adopted in January 2014. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls on Stakeholders to Respect Democratic Processes

Following observation of the pre-election environment and election day itself, 54 observers from The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute of Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) remained deployed across the country to observe the immediate post-election period, including tabulation and certification of results at the district and provincial levels, as well as the complaints process. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Standards Manual and Database

The Carter Center is joining forces with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance to launch two new election manuals Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the United Nations in New York. Learn More

Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Legislative Elections in Tunisia

Under the accreditation of the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE) of Tunisia, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Tunisia's legislative election on Oct. 26. Former Yemen Prime Minister Abdel Karim Al-Eryani will lead the mission. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Mozambicans on Largely Peaceful Vote; Encourages Calm As Tabulation Process Continues

The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) deployed a team of 87 observers representing 40 countries to observe Mozambique's Oct. 15, 2014, presidential, national assembly, and provincial elections at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Learn More

Carter Center Closes Egypt Office; Calls for Stronger Protections for Democratic Rights and Freedoms

The Carter Center announced today that it has closed its field office in Egypt after nearly three years and that it will not deploy an observation mission to assess Egypt's parliamentary elections anticipated later this year. This decision reflects The Carter Center's assessment that the political environment is deeply polarized and that political space has narrowed for Egyptian political parties, civil society, and the media. As a result, the upcoming elections are unlikely to advance a genuine democratic transition in Egypt. Both Egyptian civil society and international organizations face an increasingly restrictive environment that hinders their ability to conduct credible election observation. Learn More

EISA and The Carter Center Welcome CNE Commitment to Transparency of Mozambique's Electoral Process

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and The Carter Center welcome today's confirmation by Mozambique's National Election Commission (CNE) that the entire electoral process, in all its phases, is subject to observation. Learn More

Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Presidential and Legislative Elections in Mozambique

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Mozambique's presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections on Oct. 15, at the invitation of the government of Mozambique. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Tunisia's Successful Voter and Candidate Registration and Encourages Increased Communication

The Carter Center commends the concerted efforts taken by electoral authorities, civil society organizations, and political parties to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Learn More

Carter Center Transfers Nepal Election Database

At a small event today, The Carter Center formally marked the transfer of its Nepal observation research database to Social Science Baha, a Kathmandu-based nonprofit organization that promotes and enhances the study and research of social sciences in Nepal. Learn More

Carter Center Applauds Democratic Republic of Congo's Recognition as Member of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; Calls for Sustained Commitment to Transparency and Accountability

The Carter Center congratulates the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on becoming a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). This hard-won achievement is the result of unprecedented collaboration between Congolese government agencies, extractive companies, and civil society organizations to accurately report significant revenue flows in Congo's complex natural resource sector. Learn More

Flomoku Appointed Chief of Party for Carter Center Liberia Office

The Carter Center has named Pewee Flomoku as the first Liberian chief of party for its office in Liberia, effective today. A veteran Liberian journalist, Flomoku will lead both general office operations and its Access to Justice Project. Learn More

The Carter Center Announces International Observation Mission for Tunisian Elections

The Carter Center deployed on July 7 an international election observation mission for Tunisia's national elections on Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, 2014. Following its observation of the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections, The Carter Center monitored the constitution-making process and developments related to the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for subsequent elections. Learn More

Carter Center Praises Spirit of Compromise In Nepal But Calls for Renewed Political Support for Constituent Assembly

Based on a recent field assessment, The Carter Center reports that while Nepal's second constituent assembly has made commendable progress to prepare a new constitution in a spirit of compromise, many Nepalis are concerned about the slow pace of the process to date, a perceived lack of engagement by senior political leaders on contentious issues, and the persistence of long-term risks to the credibility of the political process. Learn More

Carter Center Urges National Dialogue in Libya, Respect for Democratic Process

As violence and instability continue to dominate the political scene in Libya, The Carter Center urges all stakeholders to cease hostilities, engage in comprehensive dialogue, and recommit to the democratic process. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Reappointment of Magistrates to Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council

In view of the reelection of magistrates to the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) announced by media outlets last month, The Carter Center, which is committed to the welfare of the Nicaraguan people and to the legitimacy and vitality of democracy and human rights in Nicaragua, hereby publicly expresses its concern over this decision, which is a significant lost opportunity for this country to strengthen its battered electoral institutions. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Final Report on Venezuela's April 2013 Presidential Elections

The Carter Center today released the final report of the study mission that was deployed to Venezuela for the April 14, 2013, presidential elections. The report provides an extensive study of both election day as well as the pre- and post-election periods, including the results of the post-electoral audit process of the electoral system and the challenges to election results presented by the opposition. Learn More

Carter Center Expresses Concern about the State of Egypt's Political Transition

The Carter Center is concerned about the restrictive political and legal context surrounding Egypt's electoral process, the lack of a genuinely competitive campaign environment, and the deep political polarization that threatens the country's transition as May 26-27 presidential elections quickly approach. Learn More

Carter Center and Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Panama Elections

In light of the historical interest of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Panama's democracy and well-being, The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter closely followed the electoral process and sent a small, high-level delegation to the May 4 general elections. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Delegation to Panama Elections

At the invitation of the Panamanian Electoral Tribunal, The Carter Center will send a small high-level delegation to the May 4 national elections in Panama. The delegation will be led by two members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, former Colombia President Andrés Pastrana and former foreign minister of Mexico Jorge Castañeda, and will include Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center; Marcelo Varela-Erasheva, the program's associate director; Ana Caridad, a program associate; and electoral expert Ricardo Valverde. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys Expert Mission to Assess Egypt's Presidential Election Process

The Carter Center deployed a team of electoral experts to assess the process surrounding upcoming presidential elections in Egypt, including the ongoing legal and political context. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly for Electoral Reforms; Urges further Improvements in Draft Legislation

The Carter Center commends Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly for its efforts to advance electoral reform. The draft legislation under consideration in the assembly makes improvements in Tunisia's legal framework for voter registration and media and campaign finance regulation for the anticipated 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Human Rights Protections in Tunisia's New Constitution; Calls for Immediate Steps to Implement

The Carter Center released today a statement tracing the evolution of key issues in the text of Tunisia's constitution and highlighting elements, including measures to protect citizens from discrimination, provide security of tenure for judges, and safeguard fundamental freedoms during a state of emergency, which should be strengthened. Tunisian authorities should take legislative action to address these concerns. Learn More

Declaración del Centro Carter sobre la Situación de Venezuela

El Centro Carter aplaude los esfuerzos para abrir un canal de comunicación entre el gobierno y los sectores de la oposición venezolana facilitados por el grupo de cancilleres de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR) y el Vaticano. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Dialogue and Constitutional Change to Strengthen Democratic Governance in Egypt

The Carter Center encourages Egyptians to initiate an inclusive political dialogue and to consider future amendments to the constitution to strengthen the core principles of democratic governance and bring the constitution better into alignment with Egypt's international political and human rights obligations. Learn More

The Carter Center Reports That Public Perception of Local Governance in Nepal Has Improved; Undue Influence of Political Parties Continues

In a report released today, The Carter Center reports that public perception of local governance has improved over the past year. However, mismanagement of local-level budgets and the persistent role of political parties in influencing local development priorities remain, posing a significant challenge to local development and governance. Learn More

Clarification From The Carter Center on Sudan Activities

The Carter Center's long-standing support for the people of Sudan will continue through activities to advance peace, democracy, and health. The Carter Center's Health Program office continues to operate as it undertakes health promotion and disease prevention projects. Learn More

Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter repudiate the events that occurred during and after the peaceful demonstrations by student organizations on Feb. 12, 2014, in Venezuela. The group laments the loss of life and the wounded, and expresses its strong condemnation of the detention of more than 100 students, some of whom reported violations of their physical integrity. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Intensified Voter Education and Security Coordination Ahead of Libya's Elections

The Carter Center is conducting a small expert mission in Libya to assess the legal framework, key issues related to the administration and preparation of elections, and the overall political environment ahead of Feb. 20 elections for the Constitutional Drafting Assembly. These elections represent an important stage in the country's transition to democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia to Continue Work toward Democratic Goals

The Carter Center encourages Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly and new electoral management body, the High Authority for the Elections (ISIE), to carefully consider next steps as they work toward democratic goals. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Tunisian Assembly on Historic Achievement

The Carter Center congratulates Tunisian National Constituent Assembly members and the Tunisian people on the promulgation of its new constitution. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Panama Electoral Process

At the invitation of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter sent a delegation Jan. 14-18 to learn about the electoral conditions leading up to the May 4 national elections. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Peaceful Release of Madagascar Final Election Results; Urges Commitment to Reconciliation

Following today's announcement of final presidential election results, The Carter Center congratulates the people of Madagascar on reaching this key milestone and urges continued commitment to peace and reconciliation. Learn More

Tunisia: Improve Guarantees for Judicial Independence Ensure Judiciary Has Powers to Protect Human Rights

As Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly (NCA) prepares to discuss the chapter on the judicial powers in a new constitution, Al Bawsala, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The Carter Center urge members to strengthen guarantees for judicial independence. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Milestone in Establishing Tunisian Election Commission

The Carter Center congratulates the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly and incoming election commissioners on their election to the new Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections (ISIE). Learn More

Carter Center Urges Inclusive Constitutional Reform Process and Increased Political Space Ahead of Egypt's Referendum

On Jan. 14-15, Egyptians will go to the polls to vote on constitutional arrangements for the third time in less than three years. While The Carter Center supports the strong desire of Egyptians to move forward with a transition to an elected civilian government, the Center is deeply concerned about the polarized environment and the narrowed political space surrounding the upcoming referendum, as well as the lack of an inclusive process for drafting and publicly debating the draft constitution. Learn More

Tunisia: Strengthen New Constitution's Human Rights Protection, Guarantee Equality for All, Affirm International Law Obligations

Tunisia should bring its nearly completed draft constitution in line with international human rights standards and the country's obligations under international law, four human rights organizations said today. The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) will begin voting on the constitution article by article on Jan. 3, 2014. Learn More

Carter Center Calls on Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly and Political Actors to Advance Electoral Preparations

Tunisia's political leaders have devoted substantial efforts over the past several months to overcome the country's political crisis. Following the selection of a new candidate for prime minister, The Carter Center urges the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) to prioritize the creation of a new election commission while debates on the constitution and an electoral law are ongoing. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Madagascar on a Calm and Transparent Polling Process; Encourages Renewed Commitment to National Reconciliation

On Dec. 20, Madagascar held legislative elections and the second round of presidential elections. Following a protracted political crisis, these elections offer an opportunity that we are hopeful will reinstate a democratically-elected government, enable Madagascar to rejoin the community of nations, and provide a foundation through which to address the prolonged humanitarian crisis that has continued to escalate within recent years. Learn More

The Carter Center Finds Nepal's Counting Process and Election Results Credible

The Carter Center published today a report of its observations of Nepal's counting process, concluding that the process was largely conducted according to procedures and that the Election Commission of Nepal has announced credible results to the Nov. 19 constituent assembly election. Other key findings of the report include: Learn More

The Carter Center Announces Expert Mission to Assess Egypt's Constitution-Building Process

The Carter Center deployed a team of electoral experts to assess Egypt's constitution-building process, including the ongoing legal and political context. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Honduras Elections

The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, following up on the 2013 electoral process in Honduras, recognize the willingness and openness shown by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to address the concerns, questions, and complaints posed by various political actors and parties. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Honduras Elections

At the invitation of the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal, The Carter Center sent a high-level delegation to the country's Nov. 24 electoral process. The delegation was led by two members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, former Presidents Carlos Mesa of Bolivia and Martin Torrijos of Panama, and Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls for Transparency and Accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Mining Sector

The Carter Center urges the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ensure that all transactions and revenue flows of state-owned mining companies, particularly La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), are carried out in a transparent manner that safeguards the public interest. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Nepal on Well-Conducted Election Process

The Carter Center finds that Nepal's Nov. 19 constituent assembly election was conducted remarkably well, especially in the face of attempts by boycotting parties to disrupt the process through violence. The Election Commission of Nepal estimated the voter turnout at more than 70 percent. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Delegation to Honduran Elections

At the invitation of the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal, The Carter Center will send a small high-level delegation to the Nov. 24 national elections in Honduras. The delegation will be led by two members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, former Presidents Carlos Mesa of Bolivia and Martin Torrijos of Panama, and will include Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Americas program at The Carter Center, and Marcelo Varela-Erasheva, the program's associate director. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Nepal's Nov. 19 Election

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai will co-lead the Carter Center's delegation to observe Nepal's Nov. 19 constituent assembly election. The Center's mission will include more than 50 observers representing 27 nations deployed throughout the country. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress and Concerns Ahead of Nepal's Nov. 19 Election

In a report released today, The Carter Center offered a series of recommendations to Nepal's election commission, candidates and parties, and government to support the conduct of a credible constituent assembly election on Nov. 19. Learn More

The Carter Center Announces International Observation Mission for Madagascar Elections

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Madagascar's national elections on Oct. 25 and Dec. 20, at the invitation of the country's National Independent Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI-T). Learn More

The Carter Center Applauds Nepal Election Commission's Efforts to Improve Voter Roll; Key Challenges Remain

In a report released today, The Carter Center applauds the Election Commission of Nepal's efforts to finalize a new voter roll for the constituent assembly elections on Nov. 19, 2013, while also identifying areas of concern such as potential voters who have not been registered. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Nepal

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Nepal's Nov. 19, 2013, constituent assembly election at the invitation of Interim Election Council Chair Khil Raj Regmi and the Election Commission of Nepal and the welcome of political parties. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Assassination of NCA Deputy Mohamed Brahmi

The Carter Center strongly condemns the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, a National Constituent Assembly deputy and leader of the Popular Currant (Courant Populaire, El Tayyar El Chaabi). His assassination comes on the anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Tunisia and just six months after the targeted killing of opposition leader, Chokri Belaïd. Learn More

Tunisia: Strengthen New Constitution's Rights Protection

It is critically important to bring Tunisia's new constitution in line with international human rights standards and Tunisia's obligations under international law, four human rights organizations said today. Learn More

Carter Center Denied Accreditation to Observe Zimbabwe's Elections

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Rita Makarau on July 9 informed The Carter Center that our application to observe forthcoming national elections in Zimbabwe has been declined. While the Center regrets this news, it respects the commission's decision. Without accreditation, The Carter Center will not be able to conduct an international election observation mission. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Report on Venezuela Election

The Carter Center today released a preliminary report (PDF) on Venezuela's April 14, 2013, special presidential elections recommending electoral reforms to ensure greater campaign equity, increased efforts to improve the electoral climate for voters, and more information about the effectiveness of the biometric identification system and procedures to prevent usurpation of voter identity and multiple voting. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Calm Ahead of Planned Protests in Egypt

The Carter Center urges restraint and calm before, during, and after the demonstrations planned on and around June 30, 2013. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly on Final Draft of Constitution and Urges Safeguards for Human Rights

The Carter Center, working to support a successful transition to democracy in Tunisia, has evaluated the country's working constitutional draft and assessed the extent to which it is consistent with obligations under public international law. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia's Constituent Assembly to Protect Political Rights

As Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly prepares to debate the draft Political Immunization of the Revolution Law, The Carter Center urges assembly members to reconsider several provisions, especially proposed restrictions on fundamental political rights. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Civil Society in Egypt

The Carter Center is gravely concerned about the shrinking space for civil society in Egypt. The conviction this week of 43 Egyptian and foreign NGO workers who had been engaged in peaceful, democracy promotion activities is the most recent example. Also troubling, is the restrictive and onerous draft legislation to regulate civil society that is under discussion at the Shura Council currently. Learn More

Carter Center To Send Delegation to April 14 Venezuelan Presidential Election

At the invitation of Venezuela's National Election Council, The Carter Center will send a small delegation to accompany the Venezuelan people during the April 14 presidential election. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit Nepal and Myanmar

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Nepal and Myanmar from March 29-April 6. Learn More

The Carter Center's Long-Term Observation In Nepal Indicates That Identity-Based Political Activity Has Decreased

In a report released today, The Carter Center notes that identity-based political activity in Nepal has decreased since May 2012, providing space for much-needed civic dialogue on federalism and social inclusion. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Kenyan Voters on Peaceful Election, Urges Patience While Results Processed

The Carter Center finds that Kenya's polls were well-conducted in a peaceful environment. Voter turnout appears to have been high. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has made important commitments to improve the transparency of the counting and tabulation of votes. Although partial provisional results are available, the full tabulation of results is ongoing. Learn More

Observer Groups Praise Kenya Polls, Urge Transparency and Peace

The Observer Missions of the African Union, the Carter Center, the Commonwealth, the European Union, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, East African Community, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa to the 2013 Kenya Elections headed by His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, His Excellency Rupiah Banda, His Excellency Festus Mogae, Mr. Alojz Peterle, Amb. Simbi Veke Mubako, Amb. Dr. Berhane Ghebray, Hon. Abdulrahman Kinana and Mr. Vincent Tohbi, respectively, have observed the voting and counting process across the country. Learn More

Observer Groups Call for Peaceful Polls, Urge Kenyans to Await Results

Observer groups from the African Union, The Carter Center, the East African Community, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the Commonwealth, and the European Union call on Kenya's political parties and candidates to abide by the Electoral Code of Conduct and to respect their commitment to nonviolent participation in the electoral process. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Nepal Election Commission's Voter Registration Outreach Efforts, Also Highlights Areas of Concern

In a report released today, The Carter Center commends the Election Commission of Nepal's latest mobile voter registration outreach drive, but lower registration rates of women and young citizens, data quality, and an uncertain national political context remain areas of concern that must be rectified to improve the voter roll before the next election is held. Learn More

Former Zambia President Rupiah Banda to Lead Carter Center Delegation for Kenya's Election

The Carter Center announced today that former Zambia President Rupiah Banda and Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs Dr. John Stremlau will co-lead the Center's 60-person delegation representing 29 nations to observe Kenya's March 4 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Pleased with Kenya Election Preparations, Urges Politicians and Citizens to Commit to Credible and Peaceful Elections

Carter Center observers in Kenya have found the electoral campaign generally peaceful thus far, and the Center urges all Kenyans to commit themselves to nonviolent participation in the electoral process. Learn More

The Carter Center Releases Study Mission Report on Jordan's 2013 Parliamentary Elections

While Jordan's 2013 parliamentary elections yielded important technical advances, the elections were marred by a system that limits equality of suffrage and by persistent concerns about vote buying, proxy registration, and other problems, according to a report issued today by The Carter Center, which sent a study mission to assess the elections held on Jan. 23, 2013. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Kenya

At the invitation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the welcome of political parties, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Kenya's March 4, 2013, elections. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Recommendations for Egypt's Upcoming House of Representatives Elections

The Carter Center today released its recommendations for Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections based on its observation missions for the 2011-2012 parliamentary and presidential elections. The Center suggests critical reforms in the following areas: voter education and information, women in the electoral process, electoral observation, internal and external communications, procedures and training, voter access and participation, electoral contestants (parties and candidates), and electoral legal framework. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Study Mission for Jordan Parliamentary Elections

The Carter Center today released its recommendations for Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections based on its observation missions for the 2011-2012 parliamentary and presidential elections. The Center suggests critical reforms in the following areas: voter education and information, women in the electoral process, electoral observation, internal and external communications, procedures and training, voter access and participation, electoral contestants (parties and candidates), and electoral legal framework. Learn More

Groundbreaking Reports on Voter ID Issued

The Carter Center and the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network are pleased to announce the release of two new resources on voter identification processes and practices. The reports provide groundbreaking analysis of a range of critical electoral issues on voter identification, the right to vote, and related international standards and election administration practices. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Egypt Constitutional Referendum

The Carter Center announced today it will not deploy a delegation of witnesses to observe the constitutional referendum process, scheduled to start Dec. 15, 2012. The late release of regulations for accreditation of witnesses precludes the Center from conducting a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the referendum process, consistent with its methodology for professional observation of elections. A Carter Center technical expert team may release further statements on the process at a later date. Learn More

Sierra Leone 2012 General Elections

On Nov. 23, Dr. Christiana Thorpe, chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), certified the final results of the presidential election, which indicated that President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC) was re-elected with 58.7 percent of the valid votes, ahead of his main challenger, Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), who garnered 37.4 percent of valid ballots cast. Over 87 percent of registered voters turned out to vote. Learn More

Sierra Leone 2012 General Elections Carter Center Reports Transparent and Orderly Process, Urges Sierra Leoneans to Await Results

The Nov. 17, 2012, elections are the first self-administered elections to be conducted in Sierra Leone since the end of the civil war, representing an important test for the country's democratic consolidation. Carter Center observers reported that voting and counting processes were peaceful, orderly, transparent, and in general accordance with Sierra Leone's legal framework and obligations for democratic elections. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Findings of Study Mission to Venezuela Presidential Election

A report on the 2012 Venezuelan presidential election issued today by The Carter Center notes increased citizen confidence in the voter system compared to past contests. Learn More

Sierra Leone 2012 General Elections

Sierra Leone's upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections represent a critical test for the country's emerging democratic institutions 10 years after the end of the civil war. Carter Center observers report that the campaign period has been generally peaceful, allowing political parties to assemble freely and to convey their message to potential voters. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly to Adopt Guarantees for Transparent and Independent Electoral Management Body

The Carter Center commends the General Legislation Committee (GLC) of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) for its consultative approach regarding the draft law to establish an Election Management Body (EMB). By involving external stakeholders, the GLC has taken important steps to promote public participation. Learn More

Palestine Electoral Study Mission Urges Political Reconciliation

The Oct. 20, 2012, municipal polls, the first to be held in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) since 2006, took place under significant pressures, including the conduct of elections while under Israeli occupation, the political impasse between the two leading Palestinian political movements, and the continued erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms by political actors in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Study Mission to West Bank Municipal Elections

The Carter Center deployed a study mission to the West Bank this week to assess the overall political and electoral conditions surrounding the Oct. 20, 2012, municipal elections. The Center was invited and is accredited by the Central Election Commission (CEC) as guest observers. Learn More

Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Open Letter to the Citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Occasion of the Oct. 7, 2012, Elections

We the undersigned members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, committed to the promotion and defense of democratic values, have been following carefully the current electoral process in Venezuela. Learn More

Carter Center Study Mission to Venezuela Elections Releases Pre-Electoral Report

The Carter Center's independent study mission to Venezuela today released a pre-electoral report (PDF), which assesses the preparations for key elements of the process including voter registration, campaign conditions, voting conditions, integrity of the vote count, and the dispute resolution process. Learn More

Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Sierra Leone

The Carter Center today deployed eight long-term observers to launch an international election observation mission for Sierra Leone's general elections on Nov. 17, 2012, at the invitation of Sierra Leone's National Elections Commission (NEC). Learn More

The Carter Center Recognizes Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly Progress; Calls for Increased Public Participation, Outreach, and Transparency

In a report released today, The Carter Center commends Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on its progress in introducing a constitutional draft. Moving forward, the Center urges the NCA drafting commissions to ensure that the future constitution upholds Tunisia's international treaty obligations on human rights and fundamental freedoms. Learn More

Carter Center Response to Venezuelan Election Council Invitation Regarding the Oct. 7 Elections

The Carter Center has declined an invitation from the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) to accompany the Oct. 7 presidential elections. The concept of accompaniment differs from observation in that the purpose of accompaniment is to invite foreign individuals to witness the day of the election with a largely symbolic political presence, Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia to Guarantee Independence of Election Management Body

The Carter Center supports efforts undertaken by the Tunisian government to create a permanent election management body (EMB), and urges the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) to enhance key aspects of the draft law recently submitted for its consideration to guarantee the legitimacy, independence, and transparent functioning of the future EMB. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Election Commission of Nepal to Continue Efforts to Increase Turnout, Improve Data Quality on New Voter Register

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) continues to make progress toward finalizing a new voter register but faces challenges related to registration turnout, access to eligibility documents such as citizenship certificates, and data quality. Learn More

The Carter Center Finds Libya's Tabulation Process Credible

The Carter Center welcomes the announcement of preliminary election results by Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC) on July 17, 2012, and congratulates HNEC staff for their diligence in completing the tabulation process in a timely manner and for their efforts to ensure that all voters had an opportunity to participate in the elections. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Tunisians to Promptly Ensure Broad Consultations and Passage of Law Creating Permanent Independent Election Commission

While acknowledging initiatives undertaken by the government and several civil society organizations, The Carter Center calls on Tunisian authorities to launch a broad and transparent consultation process, including all relevant stakeholders, to build consensus on the key features of an independent body entrusted with future elections in Tunisia. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Libyans for Holding Historic Elections

The July 7 elections provided Libyans an historic opportunity to vote in meaningful national polls for the first time in almost six decades. The Carter Center was honored to be invited to observe the elections, and congratulates the Libyan people, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), and the National Transitional Council (NTC) for their dedication and efforts to support Libya's democratic transition. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Limited Election Observation Mission to Libya

Following an invitation from the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), The Carter Center launched a limited international election observation mission to Libya on Monday, deploying several teams of observers to monitor and report on the upcoming National General Congress elections. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Egypt Elections

Contrary to certain reports in the media, The Carter Center would like to reiterate one of its findings with respect to the second round of the Egyptian presidential election. Carter Center witnesses did not observe evidence of major or systematic flaws in the voting and counting processes (June 16-18) that unfairly advantaged either candidate. Learn More

The Carter Center Releases Preliminary Statement on Second Round of Egypt's Presidential Election

The Carter Center's election witnessing mission in Egypt issued preliminary findings today for the second round of Egypt's presidential elections. The Center noted that the Egyptian people again have demonstrated their deep commitment to the electoral process. However, The Carter Center expressed grave concern about the broader political and constitutional context, which calls into question the meaning and purpose of the elections. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Delegation to Witness Runoff Election in Egypt

The Carter Center announced today that it will deploy a limited mission to witness parts of the June 16- 17, 2012, runoff election for Egypt's president. The Center will deploy 90 witnesses from 36 countries to follow polling, counting, and those parts of the tabulation processes to which the Center has access. Learn More

Executive Summary of Carter Center Preliminary Statement on Egypt's Presidential Election

The Carter Center election witnessing mission was accredited in Egypt by the Presidential Election Commission (PEC) on May 3, 2012. Accreditation badges, necessary for witnesses to observe the process, were only provided on May 16, less than seven days before the election. Learn More

Clarification on Carter Center Egypt Election Statement

In response to false reports in the media, The Carter Center election witnessing mission confirms that it has not issued any statements relating to the presidential election results. The Carter Center's preliminary statement on the first round of the presidential election, which was formally issued by President Jimmy Carter on May 26, 2012, can be viewed here. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Nepal

Press Releases News &smp; Publications May 24, 2012 Contacts: In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 404-420-5124; In Kathmandu, Sarah Levit-Shore +977-1-444-5055/1446 Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Nepal (नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस) I am concerned by the tensions, prolonged strikes, and incidents of political violence that have taken place throughout Nepal in recent weeks. Positively, it appears that these tensions have reduced in the last few days following the signing of several agreements between the Government of Nepal and protesting groups, as well as some commendable initiatives at the local level. Learn More

Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Egypt's Presidential Election

The Carter Center has received accreditation as an organization from Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission and will deploy 22 international election witnesses from 14 countries for the presidential election scheduled May 23-24, 2012. They will be joined by a larger delegation of 80 witnesses from over 35 nations that will travel to Egypt several days before the election, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Increased Transparency and Public Participation in Tunisia's Constitution Drafting Process; Calls for Progress to Establish Independent Election Management Body

The Carter Center office in Tunisia has found that issues of transparency and participation in the country's recently established National Constituent Assembly (NCA) are coming to the forefront and recommends the establishment of a detailed work plan and timeline to help structure NCA work and increase visibility on the process and accountability to stated objectives. Learn More

Carter Center Supports Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation

The Carter Center today announced its support for the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation at the official launch of the document at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Mali

The Carter Center strongly condemns the seizure of power in Mali by elements of the military. The Carter Center calls for the immediate and peaceful return to constitutional order and the establishment of a short transition toward the scheduled elections. Learn More

South Sudan: Carter Center Praises Progress on Legal Framework, Urges Informed Debate on Electoral Bill

Following a series of public hearings, South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is in the final review stages of a national elections bill to establish the framework for political competition in future elections in South Sudan. Learn More

Open Letter from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to the People of Nepal

My colleagues at The Carter Center and I commend Nepal's government and political parties for closing 13 of 28 cantonments and completing the discharge process for those Maoist combatants who have chosen voluntary retirement. These are important steps toward completing the peace process. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on Egypt's Shura Council Election

As Egypt's new parliament works to select a 100-member Constitutional Drafting Committee, the Carter Center's mission to witness the country's Shura elections urges Egypt's elected representatives to address the overwhelming lack of representation of women in the parliament by ensuring at least 30 percent of the committee is female. Learn More

Declaration of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Support of Freedom of Expression in Ecuador

We, the undersigned, Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, express our deep concerns about restrictions on freedom of expression in the Republic of Ecuador. Learn More

Carter Center: Democratic Republic of the Congo Legislative Election Results Compromised

The Carter Center finds that as with the Nov. 28, 2011, presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the integrity of the national assembly results has been compromised. It is difficult, and given the circumstances and amount of time that has passed, perhaps impossible, for the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) or any other body to reconstruct fully the results in the hopes of producing a faithful record of the will of the people. Learn More

DRC: Carter Center Deplores Suppression of Church-Led Peaceful March

The Carter Center deplores the suppression of today's march by Christian groups in Kinshasa to protest discontent over the recent elections, and calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not to interfere with the rights of Congolese citizens to peaceful assembly and expression. Learn More

Carter Center Study Group to Visit Venezuela for Feb. 12 Primaries

As Venezuela enters an important election year, The Carter Center will send a small study group of international experts to the country for the opposition's primary elections on Feb. 12, 2012. The candidates chosen in the primaries will represent the political opposition in the Oct. 7 presidential elections and the December 2012 governor and mayoral elections. Learn More

South Sudan: Carter Center Urges Broad Participation in Assembly's Hearing on Political Parties Bill

The Carter Center commends South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly for its decision to convene a public hearing on the draft Political Parties Bill and solicit input from political parties, civil society, and citizens. This is an important opportunity for South Sudanese to provide input and demonstrate citizens' interest in the political process. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the First Round of Voting in Egypt's Shura Council Elections

Carter Center witnesses in Egypt observed low levels of interest and participation among voters, political parties, and nongovernmental organizations during the first stage of the country's Shura Council elections. Despite the brief respite between the People's Assembly and Shura Council elections, Egypt's election authority was able to introduce several technical amendments for the Shura election including the use of more secure ballot boxes and the counting of votes at polling stations. Learn More

Over 10 Million Nepalis Registered to Vote, Ensuring Access for Remaining Unregistered Voters Crucial

In a report released today, The Carter Center commended the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for registering more than 10 million Nepali citizens to date, and encouraged the ECN to undertake additional efforts to reach out to those who have yet to participate in the process. Learn More

Carter Center Witnessing Mission for Egypt People's Assembly Elections Executive Summary of Findings

The Carter Center announced today it will not deploy a delegation of witnesses to observe the constitutional referendum process, scheduled to start Dec. 15, 2012. The late release of regulations for accreditation of witnesses precludes the Center from conducting a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the referendum process, consistent with its methodology for professional observation of elections. Learn More

Former Hemispheric Leaders Call for Reform of Nicaragua Electoral System

The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, a group of former leaders and eminent persons in the Western Hemisphere, today called for "serious review and reform" of Nicaragua's electoral system. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Egypt

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Egypt next week as part of the Center's witnessing of Egypt's parliamentary elections. He will join a delegation of 40 witnesses representing 21 countries deployed in Egypt since mid-November to witness all three phases of voting. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the Second Round of Voting in Egypt's People's Assembly Elections

Carter Center witnesses observing the People's Assembly elections in Egypt reported progress in several aspects of polling during the second round of voting on Dec. 14-15, but found that there are numerous areas where procedures need further improvement. Learn More

The Carter Center Notes Peaceful Elections in a Fragile Political and Social Context

Côte d'Ivoire's 2011 legislative elections represent an essential step in re-establishing the constitutional order in Cote d'Ivoire and achieving a key goal of the peace process laid out by the Political Accord of Ouagadougou. The Carter Center highlights the generally peaceful voting environment and the absence of major security incidents during the polls, which took place in the fragile political and social context of the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011. Learn More

Carter Center: DRC Presidential Election Results Lack Credibility

The Carter Center finds the provisional presidential election results announced by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) on Dec. 9 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to lack credibility. CENI results point to the re-election of incumbent President Joseph Kabila with 49 percent of the vote followed by Etienne Tshisekedi with 32 percent and Vital Kamerhe with 7.7 percent. Voter turnout was 58 percent. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Egypt's Election Results and Complaints Management Process

The Carter Center has closely observed the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, witnessing polling and counting Nov. 28-30 and the runoffs Dec. 5-6, and notes that conducting runoffs amid a multiphase election poses distinct challenges requiring extra efforts in key areas. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the First Round of Voting in Egypt's People's Assembly Elections

The Carter Center deployed witnesses to observe two days of polling on Nov. 28-29 in the first of three rounds of Egypt's parliamentary elections, as well as the preceding election preparation period. Carter Center witnesses visited more than 300 polling stations in all nine active governorates, and followed the process through to the counting exercise. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Election

The Carter Center welcomes the conduct of presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Nov. 28; voters participated in large numbers with few major incidents that disrupted the peaceful conduct of the polls. The results tabulation process is underway. Learn More

The Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission to Côte d'Ivoire

Following an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission to Côte d'Ivoire to monitor preparations and the conduct of legislative elections anticipated on Dec. 11. Learn More

Former Zambia President Rupiah Banda to Lead Carter Center Delegation to DRC's Election

The Carter Center announced today that former Zambia President Rupiah Banda and Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs Dr. John Stremlau will co-lead the Center's 70-person delegation representing 27 nations to observe the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Nov. 28 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Egypt's Pre-election Environment

The Carter Center is greatly concerned about the ongoing violence at Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt that has resulted in more than 30 casualties. As events continue to unfold, we urge the authorities to act with restraint and for all involved to continue to advance a meaningful democratic transition in Egypt through peaceful political participation and respect for the rule of law. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Liberia's Tally Process and Post-Electoral Environment

The Carter Center reports that the tally process for the Nov. 8 presidential run-off election was conducted transparently and in general accordance with Liberia's obligations for democratic elections. Tallying was carried out smoothly throughout the country, with greater adherence to procedures and fewer irregularities than in the first round of the elections. Learn More

Carter Center Commends South Sudan on Inclusive Approach to Foundational Democratic Laws, Emphasizes Key Issues for Consideration by Assembly

The Carter Center commends the government of the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) for the inclusive and consultative approach it has taken thus far in its drafting of the National Elections Act of 2011 and Political Parties Bill 2011. Learn More

Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Egypt's Parliamentary Elections

Following approval from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and accreditation by the Supreme Judicial Commission for Elections, The Carter Center announced today the deployment of an international delegation to 'witness' Egyptian Parliamentary Elections scheduled to start on Nov. 28, 2011. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the Liberia Presidential Run-Off Election

The Carter Center's election observation mission finds that Liberia's Nov. 8 presidential run-off election was conducted in general accordance with Liberia's legal framework and its international obligations for democratic elections. Regrettably, the election was marred by an opposition boycott, violence on the eve of the election, and low voter turnout. Learn More

The Carter Center Highlights Shortcomings in Tunisia's Post-polling Period; Outlines Issues to be Addressed in Future Electoral Processes

After a successful day of polling in Tunisia on Oct. 23, The Carter Center notes that several key areas related to the tabulation of results and appeals procedures did not receive sufficient attention of the High Independent Authority for the Elections (ISIE). Learn More

Carter Center Expert Group Statement on the Nicaragua Elections

We acknowledge the strong electoral support given to President Ortega in Sunday's election. Nevertheless, we are troubled by the reports of significant deficiencies in the 2011 electoral process in Nicaragua and their implications for democratic governance. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Boycott of the Nov. 8 Run-Off Election

The Carter Center notes that it is an international obligation of states to ensure that the will of the people, as expressed in periodic elections, serves as the basis for democratic government. All Liberians have a fundamental right to participate in public affairs, including the right to choose whether or not to cast a vote, in an atmosphere free from fear and intimidation. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Agreement by Nepal's Political Parties

The Carter Center welcomes the recent agreement by Nepal's political parties to address key outstanding issues in the peace process, including the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants, drafting of the constitution, and other important points. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Delegation to Observe Liberia's Presidential Run-Off Election

The Carter Center announced today that it will deploy a delegation of international observers to monitor Liberia's presidential run-off election scheduled for Nov. 8, 2011. The delegation again will be led by His Excellency General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, former head of state of Nigeria, and will include more than 50 observers from 20 countries across Africa and around the world. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Website Detailing Katanga Mining Sector in DRC

Mining operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) generate huge profits but impoverished local communities receive few of the benefits. A website launched today by The Carter Center (www.congomines.org) aims to close that gap by providing detailed information and maps of industrial mines in Katanga Province, increasing transparency and accountability around mining in the nation's rich Copper Belt. Learn More

Carter Center Reports Open and Transparent Voting Process; Encourages Liberians to Await Final Results

The Oct. 11, 2011, presidential and legislative elections mark an important test for Liberia's transition from civil war to democratic, constitutional government. Learn More

Carter Center Reports Peaceful and Enthusiastic Participation in Tunisia's Landmark Elections

In a statement released today, Carter Center observers monitoring the landmark Oct. 23 Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia reported that the voting process was marked by peaceful and enthusiastic participation, generally transparent procedures, and popular confidence about Tunisia's democratic transition. Learn More

Declaración de los Amigos de la Carta Democrática Interamericana sobre la Decisión del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Venezuela con Relación a la Sentencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

We, the undersigned, regret the announcement of the Venezuelan Supreme Court that it will not be feasible to comply with the decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Leopoldo Lopez vs. Venezuela issued on Sept. 1, 2011. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Liberia's Tally Process

Carter Center observers monitoring the tally and the tabulation of final results in Liberia report a largely transparent process with no evidence of systematic fraud or manipulation of results. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Urgent Steps by DRC's Election Commission to Prepare for Nov. 28 Elections

In a pre-election report released today, The Carter Center called for urgent steps by the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) election commission in order to be credibly prepared for Nov. 28 elections. The report is based on findings from the Center's long-term observers, who have been deployed throughout the DRC since August. Learn More

Former Mauritius President Cassam Uteem to Co-Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Tunisia's Oct. 23 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that former President of Mauritius and Club of Madrid member Cassam Uteem and Carter Center President and CEO Dr. John Hardman will co-lead the Center's international election observation delegation to Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly elections on Oct. 23. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will also participate in the delegation. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates the Cherokee Nation on the Completion of the Vote Counting Process

The Carter Center congratulates the election commission, candidates, and voters of the Cherokee Nation on a successful election day. Sept. 24 was the only day for voters to cast ballots at 38 precincts in the Nation, but there will be additional opportunities for citizens to cast a ballot at the election commission and for Freedmen** to vote by absentee ballot to determine who will be the next principal chief. Learn More

Carter Center Group to Visit Nicaragua During Nov. 6 Elections

A small delegation from The Carter Center will visit Nicaragua during the upcoming presidential and legislative elections in Nicaragua on Nov. 6. Learn More

General Yakubu Gowon to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Liberia's Oct. 11 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that His Excellency General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria's former head of state, will lead the Center's international election observation delegation to Liberia. Learn More

Carter Center Reports Vibrant and Generally Peaceful Campaigning in Liberia; Urges Steps to Level Playing Field

Liberia's upcoming 2011 presidential and legislative elections represent a critical test for the country's transition from war to democratic and constitutional government. Carter Center observers report that campaigning has been vibrant and generally peaceful, and that political parties and independent candidates have been able to move freely and to convey their message to potential voters. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls on Tunisian Election Authorities to Finalize Critical Procedures and Intensify Voter Outreach

With the launch of the electoral campaign period on Oct. 1, Tunisia has entered the final leg of the National Constituent Assembly elections, scheduled for Oct. 23, 2011. While electoral preparations are progressing, key issues such as the allocation of voters to polling stations and the system for the tabulation of results require final decisions and publication by election authorities. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Successful Cherokee Nation Voting Day and Highlights the Need for Patience and Transparency as Process Unfolds

The Carter Center commends the Cherokee Nation Election Commission (CNEC) on the completion of the extended special election for Principal Chief. Voting took place over 10 days and counting over three (Oct. 9-11, 2011). Learn More

The Carter Center Rejects Fake Opinion Poll

An opinion poll currently circulating in Liberia by email is being falsely attributed to The Carter Center. We reject such efforts to mislead the public and call on all stakeholders to be vigilant in assessing information about the electoral process. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Liberia

The Carter Center today deployed teams of long-term observers to launch an international election observation mission for Liberia's presidential and legislative elections on Oct. 11, 2011. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Cherokee Nation

At the invitation of the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, The Carter Center will deploy a small observation mission for the Sept. 24, 2011, special election for principal chief. Carter Center observers will interview the election commission, political contestants, and others to assess the electoral process. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Nov. 6 Elections in Nicaragua

In light of the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council's (CSE) publication of the Electoral Accompaniment Regulations on Aug. 16, 2011, The Carter Center wishes to explain its conditions for observing the Nicaraguan elections in 2011. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Completion of Tunisia's Voter Registration; Highlights Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Successful Polling

A Carter Center statement released today noted that Tunisia's voter registration process was conducted smoothly, but important operational challenges remain for the High Independent Authority for the Elections (ISIE), particularly the allocation of voters to polling stations and a campaign to disseminate voter information to the public. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to DRC

At the invitation of the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) and the welcome of political parties, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) elections on Nov. 28, 2011. Learn More

Political Space in Nepal has Improved Since Constituent Assembly Election but Challenges Remain, Sustainability Still in Question

Kathmandu… In a report released today, Carter Center observers found broad consensus that political space has opened across Nepal since the 2008 Constituent Assembly election. Improvements in the behavior of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) cadres at the local level and a decline in armed group activity in parts of the Tarai were frequently cited as the main reasons for this change. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Tunisia

In response to an invitation from the Tunisian electoral commission, The Carter Center formally launched an international observation mission to monitor preparations for the country's Constituent Assembly elections anticipated on Oct. 23. The mission is supported by an office in Tunis, which is led by Field Office Director Sabina Vigani. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Election Commission of Nepal on Progress in Voter Registration, Encourages Efforts to Increase Citizen Turnout

In a report released today, The Carter Center commended the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for registering nearly eight million Nepali citizens to date and encouraged the ECN to undertake additional efforts to reach out to millions more who have yet to participate in the process. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Meaningful Deliberation of Draft Transitional Constitution

As Southern Sudan prepares for independence in the face of recent armed conflict with the North, it is critically important that the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) take steps to demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and participatory governance. Learn More

Statement by The Carter Center on the Extension of Nepal's Constituent Assembly

The Carter Center welcomes the recent agreement by Nepal's political parties as well as their decision to extend the Constituent Assembly tenure by three months. Learn More

Vote in South Kordofan is Peaceful and Credible, Despite Climate of Insecurity and Some Irregularities

Despite a climate of heightened insecurity and instances of procedural irregularities that removed an important safeguard of the process, South Kordofan's elections were generally peaceful and credible. The voting, counting, and results aggregation processes were conducted in a nonpartisan and transparent manner under intense scrutiny from leading political parties. Learn More

Carter Center: Local Peace Committee Functioning Has Improved, But Overall Effectiveness Remains Unclear

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that although the overall functioning of Local Peace Committees (LPCs) has improved since November 2009, their effectiveness remains unclear and they continue to face serious challenges. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Calm as Parties Await Electoral Results

The Carter Center urges calm during the aggregation of results for the South Kordofan gubernatorial and legislative elections. The Carter Center calls on all contesting parties and candidates to continue to observe the results aggregation peacefully, to ask their supporters to remain calm and to seek recourse to potential electoral disputes through established legal channels. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Palestinian Reconciliation

The Carter Center congratulates the Government of Egypt for their success in brokering the historic intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement announced on April 27. The Carter Center further commends the representatives of Fatah and Hamas for having the vision to begin the process of reunifying the Palestinian people. Mediated by the Government of Egypt, the agreement provides a framework for resolving long-standing issues regarding reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian governance, elections, human rights abuses, and the security sector. Now, the challenge will be implementing the agreement on the ground. Learn More

The Carter Center Notes Concerns With Security in South Kordofan, Progress in Polling Preparations

The Carter Center is concerned by recent deteriorations in South Kordofan's security environment and calls on all sides to promote a genuine and credible polling process for the state. Although the recently concluded candidate nomination period was largely conducted transparently, efficiently, and peacefully, there have been worrying developments during the campaign period. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress in Nepal's Ongoing Voter Registration Process, Offers Suggestions to Address Key Challenges Ahead

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that overall the Election Commission of Nepal's (ECN) voter registration process is moving forward, despite delays. Learn More

The Carter Center Notes Concerns with Low Voter Registration Turnout in South Kordofan, Highlights Steps Needed for Credible Polling Process

In a statement released today, The Carter Center welcomed the completion of the voter registration process in South Kordofan. The process was conducted in a generally peaceful environment and the majority of registration centers operated without major problems. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Political Parties and Blue Nile Popular Consultation Commission to Ensure Genuine Dialogue on Key Issues in Blue Nile State

In a statement issued today, The Carter Center reports that the first phase of the popular consultation in Blue Nile produced notable accomplishments, but that state legislative assembly members, political parties, and consultation authorities should work collaboratively to ensure a more transparent and genuine dialogue on the key issues in remaining phases of the process in Blue Nile. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Inclusive Transition Process in Southern Sudan

Distrust between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and opposition parties is a critical challenge that undermines the unity of Southern Sudan on the eve of its independence. To ensure a successful transition, The Carter Center urges all Southern Sudanese political leaders to agree on genuinely inclusive processes for reviewing and adopting the transitional constitution and planning for the transition. Learn More

Carter Center: Clashes Between Nepal's Political Party Youth Wings Have Decreased But YCL and UML Youth Force Continue to Seek Financial Gain

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that overall clashes between Nepal's political party youth wings appear to have decreased. However, many activities of the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) and, to a lesser extent, the CPN-UML Youth Force [1] remain targeted toward financial gain, and youth wing activity continues to have a negative impact on security in many districts. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Success of Southern Sudan Referendum, Encourages Steps to Strengthen Future Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement partners, and the Sudanese people on the announcement of the final results of the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan. Learn More

Statement From The Carter Center on Democratic Transition in Egypt

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Egypt on their courageous steps toward a new era of democratic legitimacy and respect for human rights. Learn More

Carter Center Finds Sudanese Referendum Peaceful and Credible

The Carter Center observation mission congratulates the people of Sudan for the successful conduct of the historic referendum on self-determination, which was marked by an overwhelming turnout of enthusiastic voters during a peaceful and orderly seven-day voting period. Learn More

Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Joseph Warioba, and John Hardman to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Referendum on Self-Determination of Southern Sudan

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Tanzania Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, and Dr. John Hardman, Carter Center president and CEO, will lead the Carter Center's international observation delegation for the January 2011 referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan. Learn More

Carter Center Finds Southern Sudan Voter Registration Credible, Strong Step Toward Referendum Despite Some Weaknesses

In a statement issued today, The Carter Center reported that although the voter registration for the Southern Sudan Referendum on self-determination faced several logistical, procedural, and security challenges, the process was generally credible and represents a strong step toward the successful conduct of the referendum. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Cote d'Ivoire Election (En anglais et en français)

The Carter Center congratulates Alassane Ouattara on his election as president of Cote d'Ivoire. The Center equally appreciates the efforts of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro to ensure the credibility of the entire electoral process. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Cote d'Ivoire Election

We at The Carter Center congratulate the people of Cote d'Ivoire for a successful presidential election, which now offers hope for a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future. Learn More

Final Statement on Run-off Election in Guinea and the Post-Election Period Carter Center Commends Guineans on Successful Elections and Urges Peaceful Acceptance of Final Results

In a statement released today, The Carter Center concluded that the conduct of Guinea's presidential electoral processes was broadly consistent with the country's international and regional obligations for genuine democratic elections. Learn More

Cote d'Ivoire Presidential Run-Off Election: High Voter Turnout Amid Political Tension

The Carter Center found high voter turnout for the presidential run-off election in Cote d'Ivoire despite an often tense and sometimes violent political campaign. The Center notes with special concern that several deaths occurred in election day violence and calls on the two presidential candidates, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, to remind their supporters of the need to wait for the announcement of results without further incident. Learn More

Carter Center Urges End to Negative Campaign Rhetoric in Cote d'Ivoire's Presidential Run-Off Election

The Carter Center urges Cote d'Ivoire's presidential candidates to refrain from the use of negative campaign rhetoric, including personal attacks made in a threatening tone, and reminds candidates and their supporters of the code of conduct and other rules governing electoral behavior. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Sudan Referendum: Strong Start to Registration But Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Broad Participation

The Carter Center welcomes the successful opening of voter registration for the Southern Sudan Referendum on self-determination and congratulates the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) on their preparations for the first days of registration, particularly in Southern Sudan where the process is challenged by difficult logistics. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Swift Resolution to Nepal's Political Deadlock, Issues Report on Local Political and Peace Process

Mistrust among Nepal's political leaders, failure to implement previous commitments, and repeated unsuccessful efforts to form a new government pose threats to the peace process and constitutional drafting. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Calm, Restraint in Guinea

The Carter Center appeals to Guinea's political party leaders to allow the Supreme Court to resolve any disputes over election results and to reiterate their appeals for calm. At the same time, the Center welcomes pledges made by both candidates to constitute a government of national unity as a gesture of reconciliation regardless of who is declared winner by the Supreme Court. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys More than 50 Observers to Monitor Sudan's Voter Registration

The Carter Center deployed more than 50 observers across Sudan and overseas on Nov. 12 to observe the voter registration process for the Southern Sudan referendum on self-determination. The current deployment significantly increases the size of the Center's international observation mission and expands its presence to out-of-country registration locations in eight countries during the registration process, which was formally launched today by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC). The 56 observers join the Center's team of 16 long-term observers and additional core staff in Sudan. Learn More

Guinea's Transitional Elections Marked by Peaceful Voting; Commitment to Transparency in Final Results Is Important

The Carter Center congratulates Guineans for the peaceful and orderly conduct of voting and the high-level of participation for the Nov. 7, 2010, presidential run-off election. The successful voting process is an overwhelming testament of Guineans' profound desire to express their will at the ballot box and to complete their historic democratic transition. The Carter Center salutes the enthusiasm and commitment of the Guinean people and electorate; all Guineans should be proud of what they have achieved so far. Learn More

Cote d'Ivoire Presidential Election Marks Historic Milestone in Peace Process

The Oct. 31 presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire was conducted in a calm environment with a high-level of voter participation. These elections marked a crucial step in Cote d'Ivoire's peace process and gave voters the opportunity to elect their next president in the country's first truly open contest. The Ivoirian people have exercised their right to vote; they also have the right to have their vote accurately recorded and ultimately respected by all candidates. Learn More

General Yakubu Gowon to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Guinea's Nov. 7 Runoff Election

Former Nigeria Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs John Stremlau will lead the Carter Center's international observation of Guinea's Nov. 7 runoff election. The Center's mission will deploy throughout the country 30 observers representing more than 13 nations. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress But Urges Critical Steps to Ensure Credible Voter Registration and Referenda Processes In Sudan

In its latest statement on Sudan's referenda processes, The Carter Center noted important progress by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) in establishing and swearing in nearly all of the county subcommittees of Southern Sudan and publishing a referendum calendar. Learn More

John Kufuor to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Cote d'Ivoire's Oct. 31 Election

Former Ghana President John Kufuor will co-lead the Carter Center's international election observation delegation to Cote d'Ivoire along with Dr. John Stremlau, Carter Center vice president for peace programs. The Center's mission will also include 40 observers representing 23 different countries. These presidential elections mark an important step in the country's peace process, as it seeks to put its civil war firmly in the past. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Calm in Guinea Ahead of Run-off Election

The Carter Center calls on all actors involved in Guinea's electoral process to contribute to a peaceful and orderly environment in the period before the presidential run-off election, while ensuring respect for the rights and safety of all individuals, no matter their conviction. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Guinea Elections

The Carter Center welcomes Guinea's progress toward holding its historic runoff presidential election, and we urge both candidates, their supporters, and each CENI commissioner to ensure that the constitutional processes are respected to ensure that the will of the Guinean people can be freely expressed. Learn More

Carter Center Deploys Election Observers to Côte d'Ivoire

The Carter Center deployed 10 long-term observers to regions around Côte d'Ivoire this week to assess preparations for the Oct.31, 2010, presidential election. The observers will meet with government and election authorities, political parties, civil society organizations, and domestic observer groups, as well as the United Nations and the international community. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Ecuador

The Carter Center is deeply concerned about recent events in Ecuador and expresses its support for the constitutional government of this country and its democratically-elected President Rafael Correa Delgado. Learn More

Carter Center Heartened by Guinea's Election Date Announcement and Recent Progress Toward Organizing Runoff Election

The Carter Center election observation mission in Guinea is heartened by the Independent National Electoral Commission's (CENI) announcement recommending that the country's delayed run-off presidential election should be held on Oct. 10. Learn More

Carter Center Launches First of its Kind Database to Support Democratic Elections

The Carter Center this week launched the Database of Obligations for Democratic Elections, the first of its kind to consolidate more than 150 sources of international law related to human rights and elections that can be used by international and domestic election observers to assess elections. The database represents a critical step in building consensus toward a single common set of internationally accepted criteria for assessing democratic elections. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Preparation for Presidential Run-off Election in Guinea Despite Operational Flaws in Results Process

The Carter Center congratulates all Guinean presidential candidates and commends that the settlement of election disputes brought to the attention of the Supreme Court has been accepted by all parties. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Preparation for Guinea's Presidential Run-off Election Despite Operational Flaws in Results Process

The Carter Center congratulates all Guinean presidential candidates and commends that the settlement of election disputes brought to the attention of the Supreme Court has been accepted by all parties. Learn More

Malgré des défauts opérationnels pendant le processus d'annonce des résultats, le Centre Carter accueille favorablement les préparatifs pour le second tour de l'élection présidentielle en Guinée.

Le Centre Carter félicite tous les candidats présidentiels guinéens et applaudit le fait que les parties concernées aient soumis leurs contentieux électoraux auprès de la Cour Suprême et aient accepté la décision de cette dernière. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Guinea's Historical Election; Urges Continued Calm in the Post-Election Period

The June 27, 2010, elections represented an important political opening for the people of Guinea. These were the first elections to be held in Guinea without an incumbent candidate, which increased political space and the opportunity for participation by all sectors of society. Learn More

Le Centre Carter Applaudit les Elections Historiques en Guinée et Recommande Vivement la Poursuite du Calme dans la Période Post Electorale.

Les élections du 27 Juin 2010, représentent une ouverture politique importante pour le peuple Guinéen. En Guinée, ces élections étaient les premières où le President sortant ne figurait pas sur le bulletin de vote; un fait qui a permit l'élargissement du champ politique et a donné l'opportunité à tous les secteurs de la société de participer. Learn More

General Yakubu Gowon to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Guinea's June 27 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria's former head of state, will co-lead the Center's international election observation delegation to Guinea along with Dr. John Stremlau, Carter Center vice president for peace programs. The Carter Center mission will also include more than 30 observers representing over 15 different nations deployed throughout the country. Learn More

Carter Center: Land Commitments in Nepal's Peace Process Only Partially Fulfilled

In a report released today, The Carter Center has found that the Maoists and successive governments have each only partially fulfilled land commitments as outlined in the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and subsequent agreements. Learn More

Carter Center Encouraged by Electoral Campaign in Guinea; Urges Steps on Electoral Preparations and Voter Education

The Carter Center observation mission in Guinea is encouraged by the positive tone of the electoral campaign in Guinea, including candidates' messages promoting reconciliation and transcending ethnic boundaries, and by the National Electoral Commission's (CENI) commitment to inclusive elections. Learn More

Le Centre Carter a l'Espoir a Travers Les Campagnes Électorale en Guinée; Promouvoir Les Etapes de Facilitaion Des Préparative Électorales et de la Sensibilisation Des Électeurs

La mission d'observation du Centre Carter en Guinée est encouragée par le ton positif de la campagne électorale en Guinée, aussi les messages des candidats, de promouvoir la réconciliation, transcender les limites ethniques, et par l'engagement de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) de mener les élections inclusives. Cependant, le Centre conseille vivement la CENI d'adresser les défis restants en s'assurant que toutes la logistique électorale arrive à temps pour les élections, que le personnel des bureaux de votes soit suffisamment formé, et que le maximum de ses efforts soient étendu á l'éducation de l'électeur aussi largement que possible. Malgré ces défis, le Centre á l'espoir que tous les acteurs se sont engagés pour un processus transparent et l'acceptation des résultats d'une l'élection paisible et crédible. Ces conclusions sont détaillées dans le rapport ci-dessous. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission to Guinea

The Carter Center will deploy eight long-term observers throughout Guinea this week to formally launch its international election observation mission of the country's June 27 elections. The mission is supported by an office in Conakry, which was established in mid-May and led by Field Office Representative John Koogler. Learn More

Friends of The Inter-American Democratic Charter Issue Statement on Crisis in Nicaragua

The decision last year by a part of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional article 147 prohibiting consecutive re-election in the 1995 Constitution allowed President Daniel Ortega to propose his candidacy for reelection in 2011. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls on Cote d'Ivoire Political Leaders to Keep Election Preparations on Track

The Carter Center calls on political leaders in Cote d'Ivoire to renew their commitment to genuine democratic elections and ensure necessary steps are taken to realize that goal as soon as possible. Cote d'Ivoire has made important strides to keep the peace process on track, but further delay could reverse those achievements. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Sudan Elections

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Algerian Foreign Minister and member of the Elders Lakhdar Brahimi, Judge Joseph Warioba, and Carter Center President and CEO Dr. John Hardman will lead the Center's international election observation delegation to observe Sudan's April 2010 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Sudan's Elections Campaign, Urges Steps to Ensure Open and Inclusive Process

In its latest statement on Sudan's electoral process, The Carter Center notes that while much has been achieved in organizing the 2010 elections, the country's first competitive elections since 1986, the process remains at risk on multiple fronts including the ability of candidates to campaign freely and the impact of delayed logistical preparations by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Learn More

Carter Center Condemns Attacks on Journalists in Nepal

The Carter Center expresses serious concern about the growing incidence of threats and attacks on media personnel in Nepal. The Center strongly believes that a free and vibrant press is indispensable for the sustainability of a functioning democracy. Learn More

Carter Center - Nepalis Want New Constitution to Promote Decentralization and Equality

According to a Carter Center report released today, Nepalis expect their new constitution to provide peace, security, and address basic needs. They support measures to promote equality, inclusivity, and education for all; end discrimination; uplift disadvantaged communities; and improve access to the state and justice system. Learn More

Open Letter from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to the People of Nepal

I have followed closely Nepal's progress over the last several years, and I commend you for your continued dedication to sustainable peace and inclusive democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Calls Upon All Palestinian Authorities and Political Parties to Allow Unhindered Participation in the Political Process

The Carter Center hopes to observe presidential and legislative elections in Palestine, but will only consider the opportunity if the democratic principles and fundamental freedoms required for genuine and inclusive elections across the West Bank and Gaza are met. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Objective and Transparent Resolution of Fraud Allegations in Cote D'Ivoire Election Preparations

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, responding to recent allegations of attempted fraud in Cote d'Ivoire's election preparations, called for an objective and transparent resolution of the issue, noting that the claims "should not be used to discredit the other important achievements, to delay unduly the election, or to challenge previous political agreements that serve as the basis to conduct the elections." Learn More

Carter Center Commends Broad Participation in Sudan's Registration, Urges Additional Steps to Ensure Genuine Elections

In a statement released today, The Carter Center welcomed the conclusion of national voter registration in Sudan, which ended Dec. 7, and congratulated the people of Sudan for the broad and generally peaceful participation in the registration process. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Bolivians on Peaceful Election Day and Urges National Electoral Court to Strengthen Confidence in the Biometric Register

The Carter Center limited observation mission in Bolivia found election day to be generally peaceful and that the new biometric voter list served the purposes for which it has been implemented. The Center recommends that Bolivian society and the National Electoral Court (CNE) continue to strengthen their efforts to consolidate credibility in their institutions. Learn More

Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Submit Letter to OAS on Honduras

The following letter was distributed today from The Carter Center and The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to the Permanent Representatives of the OAS prior to their planned discussion on Honduras. Learn More

The Carter Center Commends Advances in Bolivia's Biometric Voter Registry but Urges More Transparency in Processing Data and Timely Resolution to the Situation of Citizens Conditionally Allowed to Vote ("Observados")

In a report released today, The Carter Center commended the publication of the biometric voter registry by the National Electoral Court (CNE) for contributing significantly to the transparency of the Dec. 6 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Poor but Improved Tarai Security Environment in Nepal

In a report released today, The Carter Center in Nepal describes the current security environment around the country and notes that while the situation across parts of the Tarai remains poor, it has moderately improved since early-2009. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Peaceful Voter Registration in Sudan; Urges Further Steps to Improve Registration Process

In a statement released today, The Carter Center commended the largely peaceful implementation of national voter registration in Sudan, which began on Nov. 1, and welcomed the National Election Commission's (NEC) decision to extend voter registration by one week to promote greater inclusion in the process. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Honduran Elections

The Carter Center has decided not to observe the Honduras elections scheduled for Nov. 29 because a national unity government has not been established and the vote by the Congress is not scheduled until after the elections. Learn More

Carter Center Concerned About Sudan's Voter Registration Process and Obstacles to Observer Accreditation

In a statement released today, The Carter Center noted continued progress in Sudan's electoral process, including voter registration, which began Nov. 1, but expressed concerns about the obstacles facing election observers, including delays in finalizing their accreditation procedures and delays in election preparations, as well as continued reports of harassment of political party and civil society activity. Learn More

Statement by The Carter Center and Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in Honduras

Upon completing two days of interviews with a range of political actors and representatives of Honduran society, the delegation from The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter group share their findings and initial insights in the statement below, and they reiterate their commitment to the promotion of democracy and to effective international support and vigilance. Learn More

Carter Center Condemns Violence in Guinea

The Carter Center deplores the violent attacks by security forces that killed more than 150 peaceful demonstrators in Conakry, Guinea, on Sept. 28. Learn More

Carter Center Continues Observation of Bolivia's Biometric Census Registration Process

At the invitation of the National Electoral Court, The Carter Center is continuing to observe the process of the biometric census registration in all of the departments of Bolivia, including rural districts, isolated areas, special districts, and some cities outside of the country. Learn More

The Carter Center Commemorates the 2nd Annual International Day of Democracy

In celebration of the second annual International Day of Democracy, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center call upon citizens around the globe to recommit themselves to the principles of democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Voter Registration Mission to Bolivia

The Carter Center launched a voter registration observation mission to Bolivia this week by deploying six long-term observers to cover all of the country's nine departamentos (districts). The Center's observers will monitor the biometric voter registration process, focusing on the administration of voter registration, citizen participation, voter registration complaints, and related issues. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Progress on Nepal's Peace and Constitutional Processes, Increased Attention to the Local Level

Nepal has made significant progress on the path to peace and inclusive democracy over the past three years but the future of the process now appears in question. Reminiscent of the 1990s, political leaders in Kathmandu appear focused on zero-sum power politics at the expense of the constitution drafting, peace process, and provision of basic government services. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress in Electoral Preparations, But Expresses Concern Over Electoral Delays and Peace Agreement Implementation

In a statement released today, The Carter Center noted recent positive steps in Sudan's electoral process, including the release of a revised electoral calendar that should allow voter registration to take place in November, avoiding the rainy season, as well as the formation of 25 state Election High Committees and the Southern Sudan Elections High Committee (SSEHC). Learn More

Carter Center Announces Agreement With the Government of Sudan, the National Elections Commission and the Government of Southern Sudan on Election Observation

The Carter Center is pleased to have finalized memoranda of understanding with the Government of National Unity (GONU) of Sudan and the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) on its program of election observation in Sudan. The Center welcomes the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by Sudanese authorities in these efforts. Learn More

The Carter Center Continues Support to Nepal's Peace Process

The Carter Center commends the significant progress that Nepal has made on the path to peace and stability during the last three years, but notes with concern that the breakdown in consensus politics following the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, as well as the delay in implementing previous commitments, threatens to derail the progress made thus far. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Indonesia's Constitutional Court for Timely Resolution of Election Disputes

The Carter Center commends Indonesia's Constitutional Court for their timely handling disputes relating to election results for the April 9, 2009 legislative elections. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Lebanon's Successful Elections; Notes Shortcomings and Encourages Continued Reform

The Carter Center commends the Lebanese people and the electoral authorities for the successful conduct of the 2009 parliamentary elections, the results of which have been accepted by both sides. While the process fell short of several of Lebanon's international commitments, most notably secrecy of the ballot, it was conducted with enhanced transparency and in accordance with Lebanon's new consensual electoral law and regulations. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Co-Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Lebanon's June 7 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Karim al-Eryani will lead the Center's international election observation delegation to observe Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. The Carter Center mission will also include more than 50 observers representing more than 20 different nations deployed throughout the country to observe balloting, counting, and tabulation processes. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Lebanon's Constitutional Council Appointments; Urges Further Clarification of Election Procedures

In a report released today, The Carter Center welcomed the May 26 decision by Lebanon's Council of Ministers to appoint the final five members of the Constitutional Council, the body mandated to adjudicate candidates' challenges to electoral results. At the same time, the Center urged Lebanese electoral authorities to provide further clarification of procedures for the filing and resolution of election day complaints by voters and party agents and for the district-level tabulation of official election results. Learn More

Carter Center Offers Steps for Indonesia to Strengthen its Electoral Dispute Mechanisms

The Carter Center congratulates the government of Indonesia, the National Election Commission (KPU), the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), and civil society groups for the ongoing commitment they have shown to establishing electoral complaints and dispute resolution mechanisms within the electoral system of Indonesia. Learn More

The Carter Center Notes Significant Achievement in Côte d'Ivoire's Voter Identification and Registration

The Carter Center calls on Ivorian political leaders to sustain the hard-earned momentum of the ongoing identification and voter registration process and bring about the credible democratic elections envisioned by the Ouagadougou Political Accord (OPA). Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Sudan's Electoral Calendar But Urges Additional Steps to Ensure Genuine and Viable Elections

In a report issued today, The Carter Center welcomes the important steps taken in Sudan toward holding national elections but identifies additional key steps that the Government of National Unity (GONU) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) should take to ensure a genuine and viable electoral process. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Indonesia's Progress in Campaign Finance Regulations, Encourages Stronger Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

The Carter Center commends the parties, candidates, and National Elections Commission of Indonesia for the important progress made in campaign finance laws and practices since the 2004 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission to Lebanon

The Carter Center launched an international election observation mission to Lebanon last week by deploying six long-term observers to cover all of the country's qadas (districts). The observers represent a diverse team from six countries: Portugal, Belgium, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Albania, and the United States. Learn More

Carter Center Observers Note Largely Peaceful By-Election Day, Progress in Electoral Conduct, Some Areas for Improvement

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Nepal, the election commission, and the political parties for a generally peaceful and orderly by-election process. Following an invitation from the Election Commission of Nepal, The Carter Center deployed four teams of short-term observers to Morang, Dhanusha, Kaski, and Kanchanpur from April 9-11 to conduct a small scale assessment of Nepal's April 10, 2009, Constituent Assembly by-elections. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Indonesia on Generally Peaceful Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the people, political parties, and National Election Commission (KPU) of Indonesia on the generally peaceful April 9, 2009, legislative elections, the third since the country's democratic transition from the New Order of former President Soeharto. Learn More

The Mining Review in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Missed Opportunities, Failed Expectations, Hopes for the Future

Few benefits resulted for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the government's two-year review of contracts with companies mining billions of dollars of gold, copper, cobalt, diamonds, and other minerals. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Limited Election Observation Mission to Indonesia

The Carter Center deployed three teams of long-term observers to locations in Indonesia this week to formally launch its limited election observation mission of the country's April 9 legislative elections. These will be the third elections in Indonesia that the Center has observed. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Bolivia on Peaceful Referendum; Urges Progress to Continue

The Carter Center congratulates the Bolivian people for the peaceful exercise of its civic obligations during the constitutional referendum held on Jan. 25. The Center's political mission visited more than 100 polling stations and did not witness any act of violence or intimidation that would affect the voting of the citizens. Learn More

Carter Center Sends Political Mission to Observe Bolivia's Constitutional Referendum

The Carter Center will deploy a small political mission to observe Bolivia's constitutional referendum on Jan. 25. The group includes former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Maria Isabel Salvador, former Judge of the Electoral Tribunal of Brazil Torquato Jardim, Vice President of Carter Center Peace Programs John Stremlau, and other expert observers. Learn More

Carter Center Urges an End to Political Violence in Nicaragua

The Carter Center expresses deep concern for the resurgence in politically driven violence in Nicaragua, which began after contentious Nov. 9 elections and recently regained intensity. Events leading up to the elections, their conduct, and subsequent controversies have harmed the credibility of the electoral authorities, the democratic nature of the process, and the legitimacy of results. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Ghana President-Elect John Evans Atta Mills

The Carter Center congratulates Ghana President-elect John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress following the Electoral Commission of Ghana's Jan. 3 announcement of final election results. The Center also commends New Patriotic Party candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his acceptance of the results in an extremely competitive race. Learn More

Carter Center Deploys Observers to Ghana's Brong-Ahafo Region to Observe Tain Constituency's Elections

The Carter Center has deployed 10 election observers to Ghana's Brong-Ahafo region to observe Friday's voting in the Tain constituency. Learn More

Carter Center Finds Ghana's Presidential Run-off Elections Credible and Peaceful

The Carter Center found that Ghana's voters participated in a transparent and relatively peaceful presidential run-off election on Dec. 28, 2008. Preliminary reports of the election, which was contested by John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress and former Foreign Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party, indicate that the administration of this election was well executed, illustrating the successful organization of the Electoral Commission and the determination of the Ghanaian public to ensure continued democratic consolidation. Learn More

Carter Center Publishes a Preliminary Statement on Ghana's Presidential Run-off Elections Credible and Peaceful

The Carter Center election observation mission has been in Ghana since May 2008 following an invitation from the Electoral Commission of Ghana. During the Dec. 7 first-round election, the Center deployed a 57-person observer team to more than 300 polling stations in 30 districts. A preliminary statement released on Dec. 9 details the Center's findings on the political environment and election-day activities. Learn More

Carter Center Delegation Arrives in Ghana to Observe the Presidential Runoff Elections

ACCRA...Carter Center election observers returned to Ghana this week to observe election preparations and voting for the presidential runoff elections on Dec. 28. The returning short-term observers, who were deployed throughout Ghana for the Dec. 7 election, join the Center's long-term observers, who have been deployed since late-September. Observers will be briefed for two days then deployed to all 10 regions in the country. Learn More

Carter Center Finds Cote d'Ivoire's Voter Identification and Registration Process Progressing Slowly

Carter Center observers in Cote d'Ivoire report slow progress in the ongoing population identification and voter registration due to significant logistical challenges and financial constraints as activities are expanded across the country. It appears that the scale of logistical challenges and their implications in terms of planning, organization, and financing might have been underestimated. Learn More

Ghana's Voters Renew Commitment to Open and Competitive Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the Ghanaian people for their democratic participation in the Dec. 7 presidential and parliamentary elections, which were conducted in a peaceful, transparent, and dignified manner. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit Middle East

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Lebanon and Syria next week. Learn More

Carter Center Delegation Arrives in Ghana Dec. 2 to Observe Sunday's Elections

Carter Center election observation leaders and short-term observers will arrive in Ghana tomorrow to observe election preparations and voting on Dec. 7. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Nicaragua Elections

The Carter Center calls on all actors, leaders, and civil and state authorities to seek an expeditious, legitimate, and mutually respectful solution to the claims of electoral irregularities and doubts that have arisen about the administration of Nicaragua's municipal elections. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission to Côte d'Ivoire

The Carter Center deployed three teams of observers to regions around Côte d'Ivoire this week to formally launch its international election observation mission. Observers will focus on ongoing voter registration and assess overall preparations for the presidential elections. Learn More

Carter Center: Time Remains to Resolve Ghana's Pre-Electoral Problems

A Carter Center delegation that assessed Ghana's pre-electoral environment this week concluded that problems arising from the limited registration period, including the registration of minors and multiple registrations, have resulted in serious concerns leading to decreased confidence in the electoral process. Learn More

Carter Center Delegation to Assess Pre-Electoral Climate in Ghana

A Carter Center delegation will visit Ghana from Oct. 27 –31 to assess the ongoing difficulties and irregularities with voter registration processes and other concerns ahead of the Dec. 7 presidential and parliamentary elections. Learn More

Statement on the Status of Democracy in Nicaragua by the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

We, the undersigned Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, committed to the promotion and defense of the values and principles in the Charter and attentive to democratic development in the Western hemisphere, express our deep concern for the recent events and acts in Nicaragua. Learn More

Ecuador Constitutional Referendum: Preliminary Statement by The Carter Center

The Carter Center congratulates the Ecuadorian people for their democratic participation in the Sept. 28 constitutional referendum, which expressed their civic and peaceful will in a transparent manner. Learn More

Statement on the First Annual International Day of Democracy

We are pleased to commemorate the first annual International Day of Democracy, established by U.N. General Assembly resolution as a unique opportunity for inter-governmental and nongovernmental organizations "to focus attention on the promotion and consolidation of democracy at all levels and to reinforce international cooperation in this regard." Learn More

The Carter Center to Observe Ecuador's Constitutional Referendum

The Carter Center will field an electoral observation mission during Ecuador's constitutional referendum to be held on Sept. 28, 2008, in response to an invitation by Ecuador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo Electoral). Learn More

Carter Center Releases Findings From its Observation of Ghana's Voter Registration

Carter Center observers in Ghana found the voter registration process that took place July 31 – August 12 to be generally successful but hampered by several irregularities. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission to Ghana

The Carter Center launched an international election observation mission in Ghana this week with the deployment of four teams of observers to four regions around the country. Learn More

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Carter Center Expresses New Concerns In Response to Announced Mining Contract Renegotiations

The Carter Center is deeply concerned by the recent announcement that the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin renegotiating critical mining contracts in mid-July without policy or procedures to guide this process or indication of whether requisite expertise will be secured. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Nepal's New Constituent Assembly

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Nepal, the government, and the political parties on the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008. This is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the Nepali people and their political leadership to sustainable peace and multi-party democracy. Learn More

Statement of Support for National and International Election Observation in Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe has a democratic commitment to ensure the freedom of movement and association of domestic and international election observers during the upcoming second round of the country's presidential election. Learn More

Statement From The Carter Center on Upcoming U.N. Human Rights Council Elections

The Carter Center calls on the General Assembly not to re-elect Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council in the upcoming Council elections. Recently adopted reforms of the former Commission on Human Rights, including competitive elections, call for the conduct of a government to be a factor in whether it is selected for a seat on the Council. Learn More

Nepal Constituent Assembly Election: Preliminary Statement by The Carter Center

The Carter Center found that the majority of Nepali voters participated in a remarkable and relatively peaceful constituent assembly election on April 10, 2008. Preliminary reports indicate that the administration of this election was well executed, bearing testimony to the hard work of election officials and the determination of Nepal's people to ensure that their country continues on the path to sustainable peace and democracy. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Delegation to Observe Nepal's April 10 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that its founders, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will lead the Center's international election observation delegation to Nepal. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former deputy prime minister of Thailand, will co-lead the delegation with the Carters. The Carter Center mission will also include more than 60 observers representing more than 20 different nations deployed throughout the country. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Publication of Congo Mining Report

The Carter Center welcomes the decision of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the final report of the Inter-Ministerial Commission on the Revisitation of Mining Contracts and the decision to name a Task Force with political responsibility for the review. Learn More

Carter Center Urges an End to Election Related Violence in Nepal

The Carter Center's international election observation mission in Nepal has observed the pre-electoral environment in the country for the past 14 months. The Center is encouraged by the level of electoral preparations and campaigning presently taking place, as this represents a marked increase from the two previous election periods in June and November 2007. Learn More

Carter Center Urges International Community to Support Congo Mining Review Efforts

The Carter Center welcomes recent steps taken by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to advance the review of natural resource contracts negotiated during and immediately following its years of deadly conflict. Learn More

Carter Center Calls on Nepal's Government and All Parties to Focus on April 10 Elections

The Carter Center has heard from Nepalis nationwide that they want peace, prosperity, and a representative, transparent, and accountable government. Nepal's political leaders need to respond to these expectations by holding a credible election for the constituent assembly on April 10, 2008. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Restoration of Judiciary in Advance of Pakistani Elections

The Carter Center calls on President Pervez Musharraf to restore immediately the independent judiciary he incapacitated during the recent state of emergency in Pakistan. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Venezuela Referendum

Venezuelan citizens responded on Dec. 2 in a peaceful and orderly way to the referendum convoked by the National Electoral Council (CNE) to approve or reject the proposal to reform the National Constitution, presented to the citizens by the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Sends Congratulatory Message to Ecuador's New Constituent Assembly

In a message to Ecuador's newly inaugurated Constituent Assembly, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter urged the constituents to use human rights as a basis for drafting a new constitution and encouraged them to seek a harmonious solution on the definition and implementation of their role in transforming the state's institutions. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's Message for the Inauguration of Ecuador's New Constituent Assembly

Almost 30 years ago, when I assumed the presidency of my country and military dictatorships extended throughout Latin America, Ecuador inaugurated a wave of democratization that continues today. Human rights began to be restored as fundamental values, and slowly the countries of Latin America established democratic regimes. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Nepal

The people of Nepal have embarked on a remarkable and historic transition. I am proud and grateful to witness parties formerly in conflict demonstrating their commitment to resolving their differences through peaceful means. Learn More

The Carter Center Supports OSCE/ODIHR Decision Not to Observe Russian Elections

The Russian Federation's conditional invitation to the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) to observe its Dec. 2 elections to the State Duma placed unacceptable limitations both on the number of election observers permitted to monitor the polls and the duration of their observation activities. Learn More

Pakistan Elections Meaningless without Restoration of Constitution, Rule of Law

The Carter Center deplores General Pervez Musharraf's announcement that January elections will be held under martial law. Elections are a necessary step to secure peace and sustainable democracy, but not with potential candidates under house arrest or expelled from Pakistan. No international observers would participate without the full restoration of the constitutional order, including the independent judiciary. Learn More

The Carter Center Condemns Russian Federation Effort to Undermine Credible Election Observation

The OSCE invitation was received last week, too late to deploy effective long term observers in advance of the Dec. 2 elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. The OSCE/ODIHR has a record of long-term observation through a standing invitation to its member states that have openly entered into a broad range of commitments that underscore democratic governance and guarantee fundamental civil and political rights. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Nepal Elections Delay

The Carter Center is disappointed with the announcement of a second postponement of Nepal's constituent assembly election. The Center hopes that Nepal's political leadership will now use the time ahead of them wisely to reach reasonable compromises on key issues in dispute. Learn More

Nepal's Peace Process at Critical Juncture; Carter Center Appeals to all Nepali Political Actors to Work Together for Elections

Nepal's peace process is at a critical juncture following the Sept. 18 departure of the Maoists from the interim government and the rapid approach of key electoral deadlines. The Carter Center is encouraged by the renewed commitment of all parties to maintaining unity and pursuing intensive negotiations to resolve contentious issues. Learn More

Carter Center Observes Democratic Consolidation in Ecuador

Yesterday, Sept. 30, the Ecuadorian people demonstrated their profound democratic vocation by voting peacefully for representatives to the constituent assembly. Learn More

Carter Center Pleased with Ecuador's Electoral Process, Urges Equality of Official Electoral Publicity

Since July 2007, The Carter Center has worked intensively to observe the electoral processes leading up to Ecuador's Constituent Assembly elections. This statement presents the continued findings of the Center's international election observation mission in Ecuador. Learn More

The Carter Center to Observe Constituent Assembly Elections in Ecuador

In response to an invitation by the Supreme Electoral Court (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) of Ecuador, The Carter Center will field an electoral observation mission during the constituent assembly election to be held Sept. 30, 2007. The Carter Center also announces the opening of a field office in the city of Quito. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Nepal to Continue Progress For Nov. 22 Elections

This statement presents the observations and continued findings of the Carter Center's international election observation mission in Nepal. Since March 2007, The Center's 13 international long-term observers (LTOs) have visited all of Nepal's 75 districts, in many cases multiple times, reaching not only to district headquarters but also to the village level. Learn More

Timor-Leste Parliamentary Election Democratic and Peaceful Carter Center Preliminary Statement

The majority of Timor-Leste voters participated in an orderly and peaceful June 30 parliamentary election. The administration of these elections was very well executed, bearing testimony to the hard work of election officials and the determination of Timorese citizens to ensure their country remains on the democratic path chosen at independence. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Nepal (English and Nepali)

I'm happy to be back in Nepal and to be briefed by The Carter Center's long-term observers, political leaders, marginalized groups, and election officials here. I admire deeply what's been accomplished by the people of this great country over the past year. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit Nepal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Nepal June 13-16 to encourage Nepal's political leaders to continue on the path to peace as they prepare to hold constituent assembly elections later in 2007. President Carter, 2002 Nobel Laureate and co-founder of The Carter Center, will lead a delegation including former U.S. Ambassador A. Peter Burleigh, Carter Center Democracy Program Director Dr. David Carroll, and Carter Center Nepal Field Director Darren Nance. Learn More

The Carter Center International Election Observation Mission in Nepal: Second Pre-Election Statement (English and Nepali)

This statement presents the observations and continued findings of the Carter Center's international election observation mission in Nepal. In March 2007, the mission deployed 13 long-term observers (LTOs) representing nine different nationalities throughout Nepal to assess the political and electoral environment in the period leading up to the constituent assembly election. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls for Dialogue; Expresses Concern about Consequences of End of RCTV Concession

The Carter Center expressed concern about the potential for a renewed escalation of violence in the wake of the termination of broadcasts by RCTV and called for new dialogue among political opponents to maintain peace in the country. Learn More

Pre-Election Statement: Carter Center Election Observation Mission in Nepal

The Carter Center congratulates Nepal's sustained commitment to the peace process and applauds efforts to address political differences through dialogue. Following the Election Commission of Nepal's April 13 announcement indicating that a June constituent assembly election is not technically feasible, it is now up to Nepali political leaders to focus their efforts on putting the proper conditions in place for the conduct of a sound electoral process in a realistic timeframe. Learn More

Report Outlines Process Leading to Standardization of International Election Observation Practices

The Carter Center has issued "Building Consensus on Principles for International Election Observation," a report outlining the consensus-building process leading to the endorsement of best practices in the field. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys Election Observers in Nepal

The Carter Center launched an international election observation mission in Nepal with the deployment this week of thirteen long-term observers in all five development regions around the country. The long-term observers come from eight countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Learn More

Third Carter Center Post-Election Statement on the Oct. 29 Presidential Elections in the DRC

The Carter Center deplores the Nov. 21 attack on the Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and cautions all political leaders that they are accountable for the actions of their militants, especially when they use violence to protest election results. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Technical Mission to Observe the Venezuelan Elections

In response to an invitation from the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), The Carter Center will organize a specialized, limited technical mission for the Dec. 3, 2006, presidential elections. Learn More

Second Carter Center Post-Election Statement on the Oct. 29 Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Based on its observation of vote tabulation following the Oct. 29 presidential elections, The Carter Center election observation mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is confident the results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) are consistent with the results obtained in the polling stations. Learn More

The Carter Center Election Observation Mission Nicaragua 2006 Post-Election Statement

Once again we wish to thank the Supreme Electoral Council and the government of Nicaragua for their kind invitations to observe the 2006 election process. This is the 4th national election The Carter Center has observed in Nicaragua since 1990, and each experience brings fresh lessons. Learn More

Preliminary Statement on Nicaragua's Elections to be Issued at Press Conference Nov. 7 in Managua

The Carter Center will issue a preliminary statement of findings on Nicaragua's Nov. 5 presidential, vice-presidential, and legislative elections during a press conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT Nov. 7 at the InterContinental Metrocentro Hotel. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center on the Eve of the Nicaragua Elections

This is the fourth national election that The Carter Center has observed in Nicaragua, beginning in 1990. Your country has always held a special place in my heart. It is a pleasure to be here in the company of my two co-leaders, the former president of Panama Nicolás Ardito Barletta and the former president of Peru Alejandro Toledo. Learn More

Preliminary Statement on the Oct. 29 Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On Oct. 29, the majority of Congolese voters participated in an election that in most parts of the country was extremely orderly and peaceful. The administration of these elections was very well executed, bearing testimony to the accumulated experience of the many thousands of election workers over three democratic exercises held in less than a year. Learn More

Background: The Carter Center and the Historic 2006 Democratic Republic of the Congo Elections

News &smp; Publications Background: The Carter Center and the Historic 2006 Democratic Republic of the Congo Elections 27 October 2006 A 45-member Carter Center delegation will observe voting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential run-off and provincial assemblies elections on Sunday, Oct. 29. They are among the estimated 1,500 observers deployed throughout the DRC by international groups including the European Union and the African Union. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Presidential Run-off in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

ATLANTA…. Former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark will lead a 45-member international delegation to observe the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential run-off elections Oct. 29. The Carter Center began long-term election observation in April following an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), and the welcome of all major political parties to observe the presidential and legislative elections. Mr. Clark led the Center's delegation for the July 30 elections and he will be joined once again by John Stremlau, associate executive director of the Carter Center's Peace Programs, who returns as co-leader. Learn More

Carter Center Will Not Observe Zambia Elections

ATLANTA, GA....The Carter Center announced today that it received an invitation from the Zambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to observe the 2006 elections, but has decided not to pursue involvement in the upcoming elections. Learn More

Second Post-Election Statement on the July 30 Presidential and Legislative Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Carter Center did not find evidence of widespread or systematic manipulation. The Center concludes that the presidential results announced August 20 are credible; legislative results, on the whole, are also credible, but cannot be validated in detail because of the shortcomings outlined in this statement. Learn More

Carter Center News Release: Correction of President Carter's Comments on The Gambia

The Carter Center regrets The Daily Observer's selective citation of a private letter from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to President Yahya Jammeh, giving readers the false impression that President Carter supports President Jammeh and his policies. Learn More

The Carter Center Announces Election Observation Presence in Guyana

ATLANTA….The Carter Center announced today that it is organizing a small election observation presence for Guyana's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on August 28. The purpose is to demonstrate the Center's interest in and support for Guyana's democratization process and to assess the political and electoral environment in Guyana surrounding the elections in follow-up to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's visit to Guyana in August 2004. Learn More

Carter Center News Release: Preliminary Statement of The Carter Center on the DRC Elections

This statement reflects the observations of The Carter Center on the events of the week leading up to and including the elections, and complements our two pre-election statements. For the July 30 vote, The Carter Center deployed a 58-member international delegation to observe the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) presidential and legislative elections, led by the Former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark and co-leader John Stremlau, Carter Center associate executive director for peace programs. Learn More

International Delegation Observes Historic Democratic Republic of Congo Elections

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo....The Carter Center's 58-member international delegation observed this central African country's historic presidential and legislative elections July 30, led by by Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister of Canada, and Dr. John Stremlau, Carter Center associate executive director for peace programs. Learn More

Democratic Republic of Congo Election Observation: Joe Clark, John Stremlau to Lead International Delegation (English and French)

ATLANTA....Former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark and Carter Center Associate Executive Director for Peace Programs John Stremlau will lead a 58-member international delegation to observe the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) presidential and legislative elections. The Carter Center was invited by the Independent Electoral Commission and welcomed by all major political parties to observe the July 30 elections. Learn More

Democratic Republic of Congo Election Preparations: Second Carter Center Statement

The presidential and legislative election campaigns are now slowly underway across the country. While there has been an improvement in the quality of the information put out by political parties and candidates, there is still a tendency to politicize and sensationalize relatively straight-forward technical issues and unjustly undermine confidence in the electoral process. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Holds Nicaragua Press Conference

Managua, Nicaragua....Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, with experts from The Carter Center, held a press conference here July 6 at 10 a.m. in the InterContinental Metrocentro Hotel. The event concluded several days of meetings with Nicaragua's presidential and vice presidential candidates, election officials, and civil society groups by President Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and top Carter Center staff. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Nicaragua's Pre-Election Climate

Managua....Rosalynn and I have spent three days in Managua learning about the election process, accompanied by the Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Senior Associate Director Dr. Shelley McConnell, our new Chief of Mission for the Nicaraguan Elections Dr. Jaime Aparicio, and our political analyst David Dye. Learn More

Media Advisory: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Leads Pre-Election Assessment Trip to Nicaragua (English and Spanish)

A press conference following several days of meetings including President Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, top staff of The Carter Center and Nicaragua's presidential and vice presidential candidates, election officials, and civil society groups Learn More

The Carter Center Observes Nicaragua's Voter Registration Verification Process

Managua, Nicaragua....The Carter Center sent a group of 11 experts from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. to Nicaragua for the purpose of observing citizen verification of the voting rolls during the weekend of June 17 and 18, 2006. The Center´s observers were deployed to the departments of Boaco, Carazo, Chinandega, Chontales, Estelí, Granada, León, Jinotega, Madriz, Managua, Masaya, Matagalpa, and Nueva Segovia as well as to the South Atlantic Autonomous Region. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Parliamentary Elections in Timor Leste

The Carter Center will increase its international observation presence surrounding Timor-Leste's June 30 parliamentary elections by sending a larger delegation to join long-term observers, who have been deployed throughout the country since early June. A field office in Dili will remain open through July 2007. Learn More

Message to the Nicaraguan Electorate Encouraging Participation in the Verification Process (Spanish and English)

En los próximos días Los ciudadanos nicaragüenses tendrán la oportunidad de participar en un proceso de verificación en el que confirmarán personalmente que sus nombres se incluyen en el padrón electoral de las elecciones de noviembre. Insto a todos los nicaragüenses en edad de votar a participar en este proceso durante los días 17 y 18 de junio. Esta es una importante oportunidad para corregir cualquier error u omisión en el padrón de electores. El derecho de votar es sagrado y debe protegerse, de modo que al verificar sus nombres y lugares de votación los ciudadanos pueden contribuir con la construcción de una democracia fuerte Learn More

The Carter Center Regrets Observer's Accidental Death in Democratic Republic of Congo

ATLANTA....The Carter Center deeply regrets to report the accidental death of one of its dedicated long-term election observers in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 29. Guillaume Kakanou, 25, of Benin, was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling with another Carter Center observer, Noor Tawil, left the road and rolled several times, near the town of Kabinda. The driver required medical attention, but Ms. Tawil was not injured seriously. Learn More

Third Report on the Nicaraguan Pre-Election Process (Spanish and English)

Atlanta....El Centro Carter tiene El honor El día de hoy de anunciar que El ex-presidente de los Estados Unidos, Jimmy Carter visitará Nicaragua durante Los días 3 a 5 de julio de 2006, para informarse de la marcha del proceso electoral de este país. Durante su estadía, El ex-presidente Carter se reunirá con las autoridades electorales y gubernamentales de Nicaragua para discutir posibles modalidades de una misión del Centro Carter para observar las elecciones nacionales programadas para noviembre. Asimismo se reunirá con todo el espectro de participantes en la contienda electoral, igual que con organismos de la sociedad civil y observadores nacionales e internacionales. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys Election Observers in Democratic Republic of Congo (English and French)

ATLANTA…Cette semaine, la Fondation Carter a initié une mission d'observation internationale en Republique Démocratique du Congo (RDC), avec le déploiement de 7 observateurs de long terme dans 4 provinces de la RDC. Notre bureau local, ouvert à la fin du mois de mars, supervisera la mission d'observation des élections législatives et présidentielles prévues pour le 30 juillet. Si nécessaire, la mission d'observation sera prolongée jusqu'au second tour des élections présidentielles. En cas de succès, ces élections seront les premières élections démocratiques en RDC depuis 40 ans. Learn More

Permanent Electoral Council in Venezuela: Press Statement on the Selection Process

The Carter Center has supported in its various reports, declarations, and recommendations the need to continue strengthening the electoral branch in Venezuela by means of a permanent National Electoral Council (CNE) whose transparency, professionalism, and impartiality permits an increased level of confidence in the vote among citizens. Learn More

The Media's Influence Mapped in Guatemala, Debuts April 6

Guatemala City, Guatemala….New maps will point Guatemala in the direction of improved democratic principles, including better access to information and election campaign finance reform. The Carter Center, the University of Calgary, and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) will introduce the Guatemala maps on April 6. Twelve countries in the Western Hemisphere will have such maps, completed by July of 2007, using state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and made available as a public resource via the Internet. The cutting-edge technology will foster fairness, increase transparency, and galvanize stability throughout the Americas by illustrating where media are located, how far they broadcast, who owns them, and what the demographic profile is of the electoral constituencies they reach. Learn More

Communiqué on Nicaragua's Pre-Election Climate (Spanish and English)

In response to an invitation extended by the seven members of the Supreme Electoral Council, The Carter Center announced today that it is sending a small contingent of observers to the regional elections on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, scheduled for March 5, 2006. The elections for Atlantic Coast regional councils are critically important for strengthening the process of regional autonomy and therefore of democracy, and are of importance to all Nicaraguans. Learn More

Media Mapping Project Launches in Peru Feb. 9, Utilizes GIS Technology for Democracy-Building in Americas (English and Spanish)

Breakthrough interactive and Web-based maps detailing media coverage during national elections will be unveiled Thursday Feb. 9, 2006, by The Carter Center, the University of Calgary, and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). Learn More

Carter Center Report on Pre-Election Delegation Visit to Nicaragua, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2006 (Spanish and English)

En enero de 2006, El Centro Carter recibió del Presidente del Consejo Supremo Electoral, el Dr. Roberto Rivas, una invitación para observar las elecciones regionales y nacionales a realizarse en Nicaragua en los meses de marzo y noviembre del 2006. Learn More

Prelminary Statement of the NDI/Carter Center International Observer Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council Elections

This preliminary statement on the January 25, 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections is offered by the international observer delegation organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in partnership with The Carter Center. Learn More

Palestinian Elections Important Step Toward Greater Democracy Say NDI/Carter Center Observers

Election observers with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today said that under the difficult circumstance of the ongoing conflict and occupation, yesterday's elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council "can be an important step on the road to greater democracy for the Palestinian people." Learn More

Carter Center/NDI Delegation Observes Palestinian Legislative Council Elections

A joint Carter Center/National Democratic Institute delegation of 80 multinational election observers monitored polling stations today in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza for today's historic Palestinian Legislative Council elections - the first in a decade. The polls close at 7 p.m. (12 p.m. EST). Learn More

NDI/Carter Center Observers Arrive, Jimmy Carter Delivers Middle East Peace Remarks Ahead of Palestinian Legislative Council Elections

Election observers from 22 countries have arrived to observe election preparations and voting as part of a multinational delegation organized by the National Democratic Institute in partnership with The Carter Center. The observers will attend orientation briefings over the next two days and will be deployed on election day, Wednesday Jan. 25, to locations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Multinational Delegation to Observe Jan. 25 Legislative Council Elections in Palestinian Territories

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced their multinational delegation to observe the January 25 Palestinian Legislative Council elections. Learn More

Mapping the Media in the Americas: New Interactive and Hemispheric Democracy-Building Project Premieres in Canada

Breakthrough interactive and Web-based maps detailing media coverage during national elections will be unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 17 by The Carter Center, the University of Calgary, and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). Learn More

Statement on the Eve of the Bolivian Elections from The Carter Center (English and Spanish)

On Sunday, December 18, 2005, the citizens of Bolivia will participate in important elections for a new president, vice president, representatives to the legislature, and prefects. In their recent democratic history, Bolivians have always found constitutional means of reconciling their differences, and this election is a demonstration of their continued commitment to democratic processes established in the Bolivian constitution. Learn More

2005 Liberian National Elections: Carter Center/NDI Interim Post-Election Statement

The Nov. 10 preliminary statement issued by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) / Carter Center international observer delegation provided a generally positive overall assessment of the process up to that point. Learn More

Liberian Presidential Runoff Election: Preliminary Statement of the NDI/Carter Center International Observer Delegation, Nov. 10, 2005

This statement is offered by the 28-member multinational delegation jointly organized by NDI and The Carter Center. The delegation was co-led by His Excellency Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former Vice-President of the Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, NDI's Senior Associate for Africa; and Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center. The delegation included elected officials, electoral and human rights experts, regional specialists and political and civic leaders from Africa, Europe and North America. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

The Carter Center expresses its alarm at the outbreak of violence in Ethiopia rooted in the ongoing dispute over the May 2005 elections. We send condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives, and urge that every effort be made to avoid further death and injury. Learn More

Nov. 8 Liberia Presidential Run-Off Election: Carter Center/National Democratic Institute Observation Delegation Arrival Statement

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced the arrival of their delegation to observe the November 8 presidential run-off election in Liberia. Learn More

Jimmy Carter, Carter Center Endorse International Election Observation Declaration

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, founder of The Carter Center, joined National Democratic Institute Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Oct. 27, 2005, to unveil a Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. Learn More

National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Issue Preliminary Statement on 2005 Liberia Elections

A joint National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Carter Center delegation today issued its preliminary statement on the October 11 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia. Learn More

Election Day in Liberia: Multinational Delegation Observes Country-Wide Balloting

After a generation of civil war and instability, Liberia's citizens flocked to the polls Oct. 11, 2005, to vote in what could be the first genuine democratic elections in Liberia in almost two decades. The ballot included 22 presidential candidates and hundreds of contestants for the 94 seats in Liberia's Senate and House of Representatives. Learn More

The Carter Center Appoints Directors for Elections Programs

The Carter Center has appointed directors for its Democracy Program and China Elections Program. Dr. David Carroll, formerly interim director of the Democracy Program, has been appointed director of the Democracy Program Learn More

Arrival Statement by the National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Observer Delegation to the 2005 Liberia Elections

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced the arrival of their delegation to observe the October 11 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia. Learn More

Liberia Elections: Read Pre-Election Statement, Election Watch Reports

A Carter Center staff team conducted an assessment Aug. 11-17, 2005, of electoral conditions at the start of the campaign for Liberia's Oct. 11 elections. The team found that despite enormous logistical challenges and post-conflict conditions, electoral preparedness appears good at this juncture and the prospects for a competitive election seem high. Learn More

Final Statement on The Carter Center Observation of the Ethiopia 2005 National Elections, September 2005

The Carter Center was pleased to accept the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to observe the 2005 parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. The May 15 elections were for 524 of the country's 547 constituency-based seats in the national parliament. The remaining 23 seats in the Somali region were elected separately in votes held on August 21. Learn More

Statement of The NDI/Carter Center Pre-Election Delegation to Liberia's 2005 Elections

This statement is offered by an international pre-election delegation to Liberia, organized jointly by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center. From September 1 through 9, 2005, the delegation assessed the political environment in Liberia in advance of the October 11 presidential and legislative elections. Learn More

Liberia Elections: President Carter Calls for Clean Campaign

The Carter Center’s Liberia Election Observation Project called for fair and honest campaigning for the Oct. 11, 2005, Liberian presidential and legislative elections, as the official campaign period begins today. Learn More

Carter Center Observers Arrive in Liberia in Advance of October Elections

The Carter Center opened an office today on Mechlin Street in Monrovia to support its ongoing Liberia Election Observation Project, including the deployment of a team of long-term observers throughout the country to monitor electoral conditions in the run-up to the Oct. 11, 2005, presidential and legislative elections. Learn More

Comprehensive Report on Observing the Venezuela Presidential Recall Referendum, June 2002 - February 2005

With former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's visit to support the process of national dialogue in July 2002, The Carter Center began a two and a half year cycle of continuous activities in Venezuela. The Center's activities continued until August 2004, the date of the presidential recall referendum, and drew to a close in February 2005, with the monitoring of the post electoral environment. Learn More

Carter Center Postelection Statement on the Ethiopia Elections, June 9, 2005

The Carter Center joins other members of the international community and Ethiopian citizens in expressing its deep alarm and sorrow at the violence, injuries, deaths, and violations of human rights that have occurred since 6 June in Addis Ababa and elsewhere in Ethiopia in the aftermath of the 15 May national elections. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Ethiopia Elections, June 3, 2005

The Carter Center's May 16 postelection statement, based on observations of the polling process in Addis Ababa and selected locations in eight regions, expressed some concerns and noted that for the first time in history the majority of Ethiopian voters were presented with choices when they went to the polls. Learn More

Ethiopia Elections: Jimmy Carter Trip Report, Postelection Statement

Because election results are still being compiled, The Carter Center can only offer a preliminary statement. A more comprehensive final election report will be published after final results are announced. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe 2005 Ethiopian Elections

The Carter Center, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and welcomed by the National Election Board, will observe Ethiopia's national elections May 15. The 50-member delegation will be led by: former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; his wife, Rosalynn; former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Joni Masire; former Tanzania Prime Minister Judge Joseph Warioba; and Carter Center Executive Director John Hardman. Learn More

A Statement In Support of Bolivian Democracy From Jimmy Carter

I have watched with concern the increasing tension in Bolivia culminating two days ago in the resignation letter of President Mesa. Over the past 17 months, Bolivia has faced difficult choices on a variety of issues, and these will not be solved simply with a change in the government. Learn More

Venezuela: Carter Center Statement on Completion of Caracas Visit by Jennifer McCoy (English and Spanish)

After two and a half years of continuous activities in Venezuela, today The Carter Center ends an extensive cycle of work in the country. This cycle, beginning in July 2002 with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's visit to support the process of national dialogue, continued until August 2004, the date of the presidential recall referendum, and drew to a close in recent months with the monitoring of the post electoral environment. Learn More

Postelection Statement of The Carter Center on the Mozambique Elections, Jan. 26, 2005

The Carter Center recognizes the overall results and congratulates the elected Frelimo President Armando Emílio Guebuza. However, the Center concludes the National Elections Commission (CNE) has not administered a fair and transparent election in all parts of Mozambique. Political parties must also be held accountable since it is their representatives in the CNE and the Technical Secretariat for Election Administration (STAE) who are responsible for the overall success or failure of the elections. Learn More

Palestinian Presidential Election: Preliminary Statement of the NDI and Carter Center International Election Observer Delegation

The Carter Center partnered with the National Democratic Institute on a delegation to observe the Jan. 9, 2005, Palestine presidential election; both organizations observed the 1996 election of Yasser Arafat. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was co-leader of the delegation. Learn More

Arrival Statement of the NDI and Carter Center Delegation to the 2005 Presidential Election of the Palestinian Authority

This Sunday, Jan. 9, the world will be watching as Palestinians choose their president. The success of this election, the recent local elections, as well as future votes at the local and parliamentary level, can lay the foundation for a Palestinian government that is open, accountable, and representative. To support this important process of democratic development, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) today announced the arrival of its delegation to observe the Jan. 9 election for president of the Palestinian Authority. Learn More

NDI Delegation to Observe Jan. 9 Election for President of Palestinian Authority

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) today announced its delegation that will observe the Jan. 9 election for president of the Palestinian Authority. The 80-member multinational delegation, organized in partnership with The Carter Center, will be co-led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Learn More

Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Assessment Mission to the 2005 Palestinian Presidential Elections

This statement has been prepared by a pre-election assessment team organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in partnership with The Carter Center. The delegation examined technical preparations and the political environment leading up to the presidential election in the West Bank and Gaza, currently scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005. Learn More

POSTELECTION STATEMENT ON MOZAMBIQUE ELECTIONS, DEC. 21, 2004

Continuing its observation of the Dec. 1-2 presidential and legislative elections, The Carter Center has monitored the tabulation of results in provincial capitals and the reclassification of invalid votes at the National Elections Commission (CNE) in Maputo. Learn More

Postelection Statement on the Mozambique Elections, Dec. 4, 2004

The Carter Center was invited by the National Election Commission (CNE) and welcomed by all major political parties to observe the Dec. 1 – 2 elections. The Center observed the 1999 and 2003 elections, and has been engaged in initiatives in Mozambique, including support for the Agenda 2025 national consensus-building initiative and agriculture production technologies through SG2000. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe 2004 Mozambican Presidential Elections (English and Portuguese)

ATLANTA…. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, former Benin President Nicéphore Soglo, and Carter Center Executive Director Dr. John Hardman will lead a 60-member international delegation to observe Mozambique's presidential and legislative elections. The Carter Center, which observed the 1999 national elections and the 2003 municipal elections, was invited by the National Election Commission and welcomed by all major political parties to observe the Dec. 1 - 2 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Chinese Election Officials to Observe U.S. Election Day

ATLANTA…The Carter Center will host 35 Chinese electoral officials Nov. 2 around Atlanta and Chattanooga to observe U.S. Election Day. Learn More

Carter Center Declines to Observe Venezuelan Regional Elections Oct. 31 (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA….The Carter Center thanks the Venezuelan National Electoral Council for its invitation received Oct. 8 to observe the election of governors and mayors, but the Center, unfortunately, has had to decline the invitation. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Indonesia Election, Sept. 22, 2004

The second round of Indonesia's historic first direct presidential election has taken place successfully, in a general atmosphere of calm, order, and open participation. The Carter Center congratulates the people and leaders of Indonesia for the successful conduct of the presidential election and for the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed throughout Indonesia's three rounds of elections in 2004. This represents a major step in the country's ongoing democratic transition. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Indonesia Presidential Runoff

JAKARTA, INDONESIA…The Carter Center will deploy 57 observers this week in preparation to observe the Indonesian presidential runoff Sept. 20. The Center, which observed the 1999 and the 2004 presidential elections, was invited by the General Election Commission and welcomed by all major political parties to observe the runoff. Learn More

The Carter Center Statement about statistical assessment of the referendum results

Upon receiving complaints from the opposition Coordinadora Democrática about suspected irregularities in the voting results recorded in the machine, specifically, a pattern of tied results among two or three machines in the same voting tables, The Carter Center consulted with several statisticians. Learn More

Venezuela Recall Referendum: Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA…I am delighted to be back in Caracas, with my good friends Cesar Gaviria, Raul Alfonsín, Belisario Betancur and Rodrigo Carazo to observe the recall referendum tomorrow. The vote tomorrow is the culmination of a dialogue under the leadership of the Secretary General, the resulting agreement of May 29, 2003, a year of peaceful and legal effort by the Coordinadora to obtain the requisite number of signatures, and a month of vigorous but violence-free campaigning. Learn More

Statement by President Carter Upon his Departure from Guyana

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA…I would like to thank once again President Jagdeo and Chairman Corbin for inviting me to visit Guyana. I have had an opportunity to meet with a wide range of organizations and individuals, who all have given generously of their time and have shared their opinions and suggestions. I had productive discussions with Mr. Corbin and other leaders of the People's National Congress Reform, President Jagdeo and the Central Executive Committee of the People's Progressive Party/Civic, members of parliament of both ROAR and WPA/GAP, the chairman and commissioners of the Ethnic Relations Commission, the speaker of the National Assembly, the chancellor, chief justice, and president of the bar association, representatives of the private sector and trade unions, the Rights of the Child youth group, the international donor community, and others. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Upon His Arrival in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA…I want to thank President Jagdeo for his invitation and look forward to meeting with him, Robert Corbin, and members of Guyanese civil society. I have a deep personal interest in Guyana and believe the basic integrity of its political, social, and economic systems must be made more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all Guyanese. The purpose of my visit is to assess whether The Carter Center can make a further contribution to this need. At the close of my visit, I will hold a press conference. Learn More

Carter Center Delegates Arrive in Venezuela Aug. 11 to Observe Presidential Recall Referendum (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA….Invited by the National Election Council (CNE) to observe the presidential recall referendum on Aug. 15, the Carter Center delegation of experienced observers from 14 countries arrives Wednesday to complement the core team already in Caracas. Learn More

Indonesia Elections: Center Issues Postelection Statement

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and former Thailand Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai led a 60-member international delegation to observe Indonesia's July 5 presidential elections. The delegation, representing six countries, arrived July 1 and received briefings in Jakarta before being deployed throughout Indonesia on July 3. On election day, they witnessed poll openings, voting, vote counting at polling stations, and transportation of the ballot boxes to the village organizing election committee. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Indonesia Elections, Aug. 2, 2004

In support of Indonesia's ongoing democratization and political reform, The Carter Center is continuing to monitor this election, as Indonesian voters for the first time directly choose their president. The Carter Center was invited by the election commission (KPU) and welcomed by all major political parties. Learn More

Pre-Election Statement on Mozambique Elections, July 26, 2004 (English and Portuguese)

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE… In response to an invitation issued by the National Elections Commission (CNE), The Carter Center observed the voter registration update in Mozambique from June 28 to July 15. With observers from five countries-Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Guinea-Conakry, and the United States-The Carter Center visited 151 registration brigades in nine provinces. Learn More

Statement of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Impending Referendum in Bolivia (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA….I urge Bolivians to maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere as they go to vote on the issues surrounding the hydrocarbons law and management of the gas sector this weekend. Bolivia has experienced extraordinary political developments in the past year. I commend the public for their courage in following a democratic path and for seeking a more participatory democracy. For that reason, I join U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Organization of American States in the calling for a peaceful referendum. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Indonesia Elections, July 7, 2004 (English and Bahasa)

In support of Indonesia's ongoing democratization and political reform, The Carter Center is pleased to observe this historic election, as Indonesian voters for the first time directly choose their president. The Carter Center, which observed the 1999 national elections, was invited by the election commission (KPU) and welcomed by all major political parties. In late April, the Center established a field office in Indonesia and deployed 10 long-term observers across the country to monitor the electoral process. Since then, the Center's observers have visited 25 provinces and have met with representatives of political parties and candidates, government and election officials, journalists, election officials, police, domestic election monitoring groups, religious organizations, and other civil society groups. On June 25, the Center issued a pre-election statement that commented on several pre-election issues and the conduct of the campaign. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his Upcoming Visit to Guyana

ATLANTA...I have accepted an invitation from President Jagdeo to visit Guyana. The Carter Center has been involved in Guyana for more than a decade. In that time, we have observed elections, supported the formulation of the country's National Development Strategy, and helped bolster the judicial system and strengthen citizens' organizations to make a greater contribution to public policy. The purpose of my visit is to assess whether the Center might be able to make further contributions to the improved welfare of all Guyanese. I also spoke by telephone to Robert Corbin last week to discuss my visit. I look forward to meeting with President Jagdeo, Mr. Corbin, parliament members, and representatives of civil society and donor countries to hear all views on the challenges facing Guyana. Learn More

Pre-Election Statement on Indonesia Elections, June 25, 2004

In support of Indonesia's ongoing process of democratization and political reform, The Carter Center is pleased to witness the historic 2004 election, when Indonesian voters for the first time will directly choose their president. The Carter Center, which observed the 1999 national elections, was invited by the Election Commission (KPU) and welcomed by all major political parties. In late April, the Center deployed 10 long-term observers across the country to monitor the electoral process. For the July 5 presidential elections, the Center is bringing 50 additional short-term observers to join the mission which will be led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and former Prime Minister of Thailand Chuan Leekpai. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Indonesia Elections

ATLANTA…. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and former Thailand Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai will lead a 60-member international delegation to observe Indonesia's presidential elections. The Carter Center, which observed the 1999 national elections, was invited by the General Election Commission and welcomed by all major political parties to observe the July 5 elections. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Meeting on Venezuela Constitutional Process

Representing the Carter Center, President Jimmy Carter hosted a meeting on June 18, 2004, between Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías and Venezuelan entrepreneur Gustavo Cisneros. There was a mutual commitment to honor constitutional processes and to support further discussions between the government of Venezuela and the country's news media to ensure the most appropriate climate for this constitutional process Learn More

Venezuelan Reparos: A Statement from the Organization of American States and The Carter Center on the First Phase

CARACAS, VENEZUELA…In the framework of the invitation from the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Venezuelan government, the Organization of the American States and The Carter Center have observed the first phase of the reparos, or signature repair, process for the recall referenda on representatives of the National Assembly. Learn More

Carter Center Completes Guyana Project

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA…The Carter Center will be closing its project office in Guyana at the end of May 2004, having completed its most recent project in the country. Since 2000, the Center has been implementing the More Responsive and Participatory Governance and Rule of Law in Guyana project financed by the United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute and the International Foundation for Election Systems. As part of this project, the Center has worked to improve the influence of civil society on public policy and to strengthen the administration of justice in Guyana. Learn More

"Press Release of the National Electoral Council and the Joint Mission of the OAS and The Carter Center (English and Spanish) "

CARACAS, VENEZUELA….In recent days, at the request of representatives of the election observation mission of the Organization of American States and The Carter Center, informal communication with the authorities of the National Electoral Council (CNE) has been maintained, in which they have lessened friction caused by recent public statements. The electoral authorities have asked the members of the international mission continue their observation process, and the international mission maintains its position that it will avoid all disturbing interference in the good rhythm that has prevailed in their relations with the CNE. Likewise, it has been decided that a meeting of the directorate of the CNE with the head of the OAS mission, Fernando Jaramillo, and Carter Center representative Francisco Diez will occur next Wednesday. The mission reiterates its respect and consideration for the authority of the CNE to make decisions and, in keeping with the nature of the organization, to direct the process of calling recall referendum. #### PARA PUBLICACION INMEDIATA Lunes, 17 de Mayo de 2004 Contactos: Javier Montes OEA, 202-458-6194 Kay Torrance The Carter Center, 404-420-5129 NOTA DE PRENSA DEL CONSEJO NACIONAL ELECTORAL Y LA MISIÓN CONJUNTA DE LA OEA Y EL CENTRO CARTER CARACAS, VENEZUELA....Durante estos últimos días, a solicitud de los representantes de la misión de observación electoral de la Organización de los Estados Americanos y el Centro Carter, se han mantenido comunicaciones informales con las autoridades del Consejo Nacional Electoral, donde se han limado las asperezas ocasionadas por recientes manifestaciones públicas. Las autoridades electorales han dispuesto que los miembros de la misión internacional sigan adelante con sus tareas de observación del proceso y la observación internacional mantiene su posición de evitar toda injerencia perturbadora a la buena marcha que ha prevalecido en las relaciones con el CNE. Asimismo, se ha acordado realizar una reunión del directorio del CNE con el jefe de la misión electoral de la OEA, Fernando Jaramillo y el representante del Centro Carter, Francisco Diez, el próximo miércoles de esta semana. La misión conjunta reitera su respeto y consideración a la autoridad del CNE para la toma de sus decisiones, en su carácter de organismo rector del proceso de convocatoria a referendums revocatorios. #### Donate Now Sign Up for Email Updates Email Address: Enter Your Email Address Spam Control Text: Please leave this field empty Submit Learn More

The Organization of American States and The Carter Center Wish to Clarify the Scope and Sense of Their Last Statement (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA….The joint mission of the Organization of American States and The Carter Center wish to clarify the scope and sense of its last statement, as well as to reiterate its respect and consideration for the electoral authority, which has generously permitted both organizations to work as international observers in the process of the referenda request Learn More

Carter Center, OAS to Observe Recall Reparo Period in Venezuela (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA...The Organization of American States and The Carter Center will observe the two scheduled reparos (recall signatures corrections) processes in Venezuela, May 21-23 and May 28-30. This observation occurs at the invitation of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and in the context of the Accord of May 2003. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and O.A.S. Secretary General Cesar Gaviria will lead the observation mission and will arrive in the country on May 29th to be present for the conclusion of the reparos. Learn More

Carter Center Opens Office in Jakarta in Preparation to Observe Indonesia's Presidential Elections

ATLANTA…The Carter Center opened an office last week in Jakarta to begin a long-term observation of electoral conditions leading up to Indonesia's July 5 presidential elections. This observation will continue through to early October should a Sept. 20 runoff prove necessary. Learn More

Statement by OAS and Carter Center Observation Mission to Venezuela

CARACAS, VENEZUELA…Yesterday the Democratic Coordinator publicly announced their intention to participate in the repair (reparos) process. Learn More

Venezuela Recall Referendum Petition Process: A Statement from the OAS and The Carter Center (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA….The OAS and The Carter Center have been participating in the meetings that the CNE has formally held about the mechanisms for the correction period, in order to listen to the proposals and concerns of the actors involved in the recall referendum process. Learn More

Declaration on Venezuela by the OAS and The Carter Center (English/Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA…Today, the National Electoral Council made public the preliminary official results of the process of verification of signatures for the petition to recall the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Learn More

Joint Statement on Venezuela Signature Verification Process: OAS, The Carter Center (English and Spanish)

CARACAS, VENEZUELA….The Organization of the American States and The Carter Center have been observing the process of collection, verification, and validation of signatures developed by the National Electoral Council to determine whether current requests for recall referenda will be adequate. This work has been at the invitation of the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the electoral authority and in the framework of the agreement of May 23, 2003, as a result of the Table of Negotiation and Agreements. Learn More

Joint Statement by The Carter Center and OAS on Venezuela (English and Spanish)

CARACAS....Since last November, the Mission of the Organization of the American States and The Carter Center has been observing the process of verification and validation of signatures that the National Electoral Council is implementing to determine the possibility of a recall referendum. Learn More

"President Carter and The Carter Center Encourage Guatemala's New Leaders to Ensure Full Implementation of Human Rights Aspects of Peace Accords (English and Spanish) "

ATLANTA….The Carter Center joins the international community in congratulating President Oscar Berger and Guatemala's newly elected congressional deputies and local mayors. After decades of devastating civil war and with little progress on implementing the 1996 Peace Accords, the new administration has an important opportunity to work with political leaders and civil society to make significant progress in fulfilling the longstanding aspirations of all Guatemalans. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Mozambique Elections, Jan. 20, 2004 (English and Portuguese)

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE…The Carter Center welcomes the Jan. 15, 2004, Constitutional Council of Mozambique announcement of final results for the November 2003 municipal elections. Learn More

President Carter to Advance Venezuela Peace and Democracy Accord (English and Spanish)

Caracas, Venezuela….Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will travel to Caracas, Venezuela, on behalf of The Carter Center Jan. 25-27 to advance the Peace and Democracy Accord. President Carter will meet with Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, the National Electoral Council, opposition leaders, the National Assembly, and the Supreme Court. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Guatemala Elections, Dec. 30, 2003

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA…Carter Center representatives observed the second round of national elections in Guatemala on Dec. 28, 2003, in the departments of El Quiché, San Marcos, Totonicapán, Huehuetenango, and Suchitepéquez. The Center congratulates president-elect Oscar Berger and expresses the hope that his government will prioritize full implementation of the 1996 Peace Accords, particularly strengthening the rule of law within the framework of fundamental human rights. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Upon Arrival in Bolivia (English and Spanish)

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA….I thank President Carlos Mesa, the Bolivian Congress, and the people of Bolivia for the opportunity to visit and hear your views. Bolivia now has a unique opportunity to reach a new consensus through informed debate on the rules of your democracy. Learn More

Not-For-Profit Organizations Debate Public Policy

Georgetown, Guyana…..Six Guyanese not-for-profit organizations from three regions will compete in the finals of a contest to present the best paper advocating a solution to a public policy issue. The contest is an activity funded under United States Agency for International Development's Democracy and Governance Program and implemented by The Carter Center in Guyana. Learn More

Statement on Venezuela: Joint Mission of the OAS and The Carter Center (English and Spanish)

Now that the signature collection process for the recall referenda has been concluded, the joint mission of the Organization of American States and The Carter Center wishes to express its gratitude for the warm welcome it has received and for the confidence placed in its observers by the Venezuelan people, and for the collaboration of the governmental and electoral authorities, the representatives of the various political and civil society organizations, and the members of the armed forces. Learn More

OAS and Carter Center Statement on Venezuela Mission

CARACAS, VENEZUELA…In light of the invitation extended by the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Organization of American States and The Carter Center have had the privilege of observing the first phase of the signature collection process for the recall referenda. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Mozambique Elections, Nov. 21, 2003 (English and Portuguese)

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE…Mozambique's second municipal elections were generally well conducted and peaceful. The National Election Commission (CNE), the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), and local polling staff are to be congratulated for the conduct of all aspects of the polling process on election day. Learn More

The Carter Center and the Crisis Management Initiative Will Not Assess Elections in Northern Cyprus but Emphasize Importance of an Election Free of Manipulation

The Carter Center and the Crisis Management Initiative Will Not Assess Elections in Northern Cyprus but Emphasize Importance of an Election Free of Manipulation Learn More

The Carter Center, OAS to Observe Recall Signature Collections in Venezuela (English and Spanish)

The Organization of American States (OAS) and The Carter Center will observe the two scheduled collections of recall signatures in Venezuela, from Nov. 21-24 and Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the 2003 Mozambique Municipal Elections (English and Portuguese)

ATLANTA….Mozambicans will go to the polls Wednesday to select leaders in their country's second multiparty municipal elections. I urge all candidates and their supporters to maintain the generally peaceful atmosphere of the campaigns during election day and the vote counting process. The Carter Center, invited by the National Election Commission, has deployed 15 observers from 12 countries throughout Mozambique, and they will join the many domestic observers already in place. The Center has observed the dedication and preparation of the electoral authorities, and all eligible voters should cast their ballots freely with confidence that the international community is watching this process with interest. Learn More

Carter Center Statement: Venezuela National Electoral Council (English and Spanish)

The Carter Center supports the authority of the National Electoral Council Learn More

Statement by Jimmy Carter on the Guatemala Elections

ATLANTA…Guatemalans will go to the polls Sunday to select their next president, members of the legislature, and municipal authorities. They do so amid concerns about personal security that have a long history and have been rekindled in some areas of the country in recent weeks. To fulfill its obligation to guarantee the security of its citizens, the government of Guatemala has deployed police and the armed forces, as is practiced in many other Latin American countries during elections. It is incumbent upon these security forces to fulfill their duties with respect for the rights of all voters and to remain attentive to the sensitivities of certain communities still engaged in the painful process of reconciliation. I urge all eligible voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots freely with confidence that the international community is following this process with interest and that both international and Guatemalan election monitors will be active throughout the country. Learn More

Pre-Election Statement on Guatemala Elections, Nov. 3, 2003 (English and Spanish)

GUATEMALA CITY…A Carter Center election observation team, including four international observers, a human rights expert, and a campaign finance expert, established an office in Guatemala on Oct. 21, 2003, to begin monitoring the Nov. 9 presidential, congressional, and municipal electoral process. The goal of the Center's project in Guatemala is to highlight human rights and political finance issues as they relate both to the elections and to sustainable peace through justice and national reconciliation. The Center will continue to monitor the electoral process until December or January, depending upon whether there is a second round of balloting, and will publish periodic public statements detailing our observers' findings. During the week of Oct. 27-31, two Carter Center observation teams visited the Department of El Quiché and a number of communities in Alta and Baja Verapaz, meeting with Guatemalan and international election observers, local civil society groups, representatives of political parties and government agencies, and community members. This is the first summary report of Carter Center observers' findings regarding the Guatemalan electoral environment. Learn More

Carter Center Identifies Loopholes in Guatemalan Campaign Finance (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA…Guatemala's campaign finance system is one of the least regulated in the Western Hemisphere, and concern is rising among citizens that donor anonymity opens the door to illicit funding that may include drug money, according to a Carter Center report released today. Learn More

Carter Center to Monitor Nov. 19 Municipal Elections in Mozambique (English and Portuguese)

ATLANTA….The Carter Center opened an office this week in Maputo to begin assessing the Nov. 19 municipal elections in Mozambique, a part of a larger electoral assistance project leading up to observation of the 2004 national elections. Learn More

Carter Center Election Monitors to Focus on Human Rights Issues and Campaign Finance Reform in Guatemala (English and Spanish)

GUATEMALA CITY…. The Carter Center opened an office this week in Guatemala City to begin monitoring the national electoral process, with special emphasis on human rights and campaign finance. These issues are critical to equal participation in a democracy. Learn More

Former US president Carter calls for Aung San Suu Kyi's release

Former US president and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter on Friday urged Myanmar's military junta to release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from detention. Learn More

Venezuelan Government and Opposition Commit to Accept Decisions of the New National Electoral Council

The Carter Center is prepared to collaborate with the new electoral authorities in Venezuela in future electoral processes and to continue as a facilitator between the government and opposition. The Center has noted advances in the implementation of the May Accord facilitated by the Organization of American States with the support of The Carter Center and the United Nations Development Programme. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Venezuelan Supreme Court on Decision to Appoint a New Electoral Council (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA…The Carter Center applauds the announcement of the Supreme Court of Venezuela Monday to appoint a new National Electoral Council in accordance with the court's interpretations of the Venezuelan Constitution. As The Carter Center proposed in January 2003, the Supreme Court should name an Electoral Council if the National Assembly were unable to name one. Learn More

Carter Center Observes Agenda 2025 Presentation to Mozambican President Chissano

Agenda 2025 National Vision and National Development Strategy Process's only nongovernmental partner, The Carter Center, will participate in the presentation June 25 of the strategy document to President Joaquim Chissano in Maputo, Mozambique. Learn More

Carter Center Guyana Awards New Grants

The Carter Center's Guyana office awarded grants today to four not-for-profit organizations promoting the causes of women, youth, and Amerindians to implement projects on literacy, adolescent reproductive health, community sanitation, and agricultural education for youth. Learn More

Carter Center Releases 2002 Jamaica Election Findings

The Carter Center announced its findings and recommendations on the October 2002 Jamaican elections in its final report released June 5 during a symposium held in Kingston. Learn More

Symposium to Address 2002 Jamaica Election Findings

The Carter Center will report its findings and recommendations of its final report on the October 2002 Jamaican elections during a symposium scheduled for June 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel. Learn More

Venezuelan Agreement: A Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (English/Spanish)

I congratulate the members of the Forum on Negotiation and Agreements in Venezuela on the signing of an accord to respect human rights, freedom of expression, and the right to petition for recall referenda of elected officials. Learn More