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    The Commonwealth has observed more than 130 elections in 36 countries since 1980, most recently observing Tanzania’s General Elections.

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Democracy

Building, supporting and strengthening legal systems in our member countries is a key aim of the Commonwealth. This includes promoting regular elections and strengthening election bodies, institutions and processes.

The Commonwealth regularly sends teams to observe and report on the conduct of elections.  We help build lasting democratic institutions, enabling citizen participation and representation at national and local level. We believe in invitation, not intervention, and follow the principles outlined in the international declaration and code of conduct for election observers

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) assesses violations of Commonwealth values and recommends measures to restore democracy and constitutional rule. Composed of 10 Commonwealth member countries, CMAG has authority to suspend a country from the Commonwealth. Its activities, composition and remit are reviewed every two years.

Secretary-General “delighted” with Zambian opposition leader’s release

The Secretary-General was responding to the news that Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had decided to stay the treason case against the leader of the United Party for National Development

Election 2017: The Commonwealth in Kenya

Commonwealth observers are in Kenya for this month's elections which are being held at a pivotal point in the nation’s history.

Election 2017: The Commonwealth in Papua New Guinea

Commonwealth election observers are in Papua New Guinea for the general election scheduled for 24 June 2017. Voting will take place over two weeks until 4 July, with 3,332 candidates vying for 111 seats in Parliament.