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Elections and Conflict: Promoting Good Practice in Electoral Conflict Management

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Elections and Conflict: Promoting Good Practice in Electoral Conflict Management

Published: October 29, 2009

In fragile states and conflict‐affected societies, successful elections are more than a step towards democracy – they can represent a milestone towards achieving a peace agreement, a benchmark for a peacekeeping exit plan, or a re‐evaluation of the aid relationship from stabilization to long‐term development. However, elections have also been known to prompt new or renewed violence. As a result of these dynamics, providing electoral assistance – particularly in conflict‐affected states – is complex, and requires good technical knowledge, effective coordination, and a detailed understanding of the electoral environment.

Authors: David Gillies and Nana Kwamie

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