New report says most elections provide "false veneer of legitimacy" recommends steps to promote integrity
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Urgent national and international action is needed to protect and promote the integrity of elections, according to a new report by the high-level Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security launched at the weekend at an international conference on “Youth and Democratization in Africa: Lessons Learned and Comparative Experiences” organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and UNDP in Addis Ababa. The report, Deepening Democracy: a Strategy for Improving the Integrity of Elections Worldwide, finds that most elections are deeply flawed, providing nothing but a “false veneer of legitimacy” to autocratic governments according to Vidar Helgesen, IDEA’s Secretary General who launched it here. The report identifies five major threats to electoral integrity, including the growing issue of “uncontrolled, undisclosed, illegal and opaque political finance”, which affects mature and developing democracies alike.