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The U.N.’s Electoral Assistance in Post-conflictCountries

Published:2014-09-10 Published:2014-09-10   Author:Li Yincai   [Small] [Middle] [Big] [More]

Since the end of the Cold War, electoral assistance has emerged as one of the major initiatives under the auspices of the U.N. “peace-building.” The U.N. has exerted quite different influences onelectoral affairs in post-conflict countries due to its varied roles. There are two major objectives associated with the U.N. electoral assistance: to ensure a smooth general election—usually as part of the peace agreements and reduce conflicts and violence during elections; and to help post-conflict countries establish the basic structures of an electoral system and develop the capacity for holding elections autonomously. In order to achieve those two objectives, the U.N. has played an important role in three aspects: pushing electoral processes, curbing electoral violence, and establishing electoral institutions and capacity-building. On the other hand, the U.N. electoral assistance also has a few deficiencies due to its sole focus on one particular election.

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