1. Starting Points: The UN/UNDP Electoral Mandates
Mandates for electoral assistance designated by the General Assembly guide UN and UNDP support. They must be closely followed given potential political implications.
2. What Should Electoral Assistance Aim to Achieve?
UN electoral assistance helps UN Member States hold credible and legitimate elections. UNDP supports these goals through technical assistance for electoral events and longer-term processes.
3. Making Connections: Electoral Cycles
Looking at an election through the larger lens of the electoral cycle helps programming move beyond elections as a one-off event, sustainably address a range of issues, and balance short- and long-run priorities.
4. Electoral Observation: A Limited Role
The UN does not observe elections unless specifically mandated to do so by the General Assembly or Security Council. When the UN is involved, UNDP’s role is generally to coordinate and provide logistical support to international election observers.