REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

ELECTION OBSERVATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

 

Summary

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking local civil society organizations in Papua New Guinea to recruit, train, and deploy citizen observers for the 2022 General Elections to monitor the electoral process, including election day, to increase citizen engagement and oversight in the electoral process.

Over the past 15 to 20 years, Georgia has faced widespread disinformation and propaganda campaigns, many of which began long before the issue came to the fore globally. The impact of these disinformation campaigns multiplied as Georgia’s rates of internet penetration doubled between 2013 and 2020. And the impacts increased, even more, when campaigns moved more online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A vibrant civil society has been exploring the effects and patterns of disinformation since 2015, with an emphasis on anti-democratic, anti-EU and anti-NATO narratives.

Disinformation, Social Media, and Electoral Integrity

Democratic elections rely on a competitive process, faith in electoral institutions and informed participation. International standards for democratic elections assure the right of citizens to seek and receive accurate information regarding elections and level playing fields for political contests to vie for office. However, the deployment of false, exaggerated or contradictory information in the electoral environment has been a successful tool in undermining these principles around the world.

December 10, 2021

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, The Gambia held its first presidential election since its democratic transition from authoritarian rule in 2017. To ensure the public was informed about election preparations and to build confidence in the election process, NDI supported the country’s first long term citizen election observation group, Peace Ambassadors - The Gambia (PAG), to systematically observe and report on the pre-election and election period.

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released the results of its latest national survey in Ukraine. According to the study, completed in July - August 2021, Ukrainians remain united in their desire for the country's democratic future. Although the overall mood in the country is less optimistic compared to previous waves, people in Ukraine are still politically engaged and are willing to provide their input to the government.

Political parties should play key roles in democratic governance by representing citizens and aggregating their concerns into policy, and by vetting, selecting and influencing political leaders. However, corruption, state capture, populism and opaque party organizations undermine public confidence in parties around the world, fueling political instability.

WASHINGTON – Expert teams from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are visiting Tbilisi immediately ahead of the October 2, 2021, municipal elections and are calling on all political parties to uphold democratic principles by participating actively and in good faith during the elections and in the post-election period. If the parties genuinely commit themselves to constructive competition and dialogue rooted in citizen interests, Georgia can maintain its legitimate place among the region's democracies.

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