Inclusive Electoral Process
The project envisages advocacy based on the Best Practices identified in SAHR’s book entitled ‘Inclusive Electoral Process’, including consultations with Parliamentarians, CSOs’ and the Media. It also would involve the release of these best practices to authorities and a lobby for its adherence. More specifically SAHR will survey how minorities are affected during election time and monitor how the process is being misused and the findings would be used to revise the guidelines on ‘Inclusive Electoral Process’
This publication is a compilation of findings and crosscutting issues in the ‘country situation reports’ from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were commissioned by South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) as part of a project on minorities and inclusive electoral processes in South Asia.
The overall objective of this publication is to throw light on the challenges faced in ensuring that electoral processes in South Asia meaningfully include disadvantaged and hitherto excluded communities and social groups such as internally displaced persons, persons with disabilities and migrant workers.
Full report can be accessed here.
This report is the outcome of the three day regional workshop convened by SAHR from 5-7 December 2007 in Kathmandu, Nepal with experts in the fields of human rights and electoral process. Experts invited from the region included a mix of election commissioners, political party representatives, election monitors, journalists and lawyers. The workshop identified possible interventions SAHR, as a regional human rights collective, could undertake in the area of electoral reform.
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
As a precursor to the workshop the SAHR Secretariat prepared a background paper which set out issues that would be the focus of the Regional Workshop of Experts on Inclusive Electoral Processes. The first section of the paper provides a short background on each country which contextualises the issues that are discussed in the second section; it flags important issues and provides relevant country examples.
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