25 July 2014

Africa: NDI Develops Online Resource for Organising Presidential Debates

In many democracies in Africa, Presidential debates have become a regular feature in the lead up to major elections and have become a mainstay of the democratic process in Africa.

However, organizing such debates are fraught with many challenges such as fundraising, convincing often reluctant candidates to participate, producing live radio and television broadcasts, and selecting an informative format and set of rules, among others.

To help overcome these challenges, NDI and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) have created an innovative new website, debatesinternational.org, where information can be accessed about organizing and evaluating debates. It also offers the opportunity for visitors to learn about experiences in other countries

Usually, debates offer voters the opportunity to come face-to-face with presidential candidates and hear their manifesto promises to the voters which helps voters make informed choices, encourage candidates to focus on issues rather than personality or ethnic differences, and holding elected officials accountable for campaign promises.

This new site contains studies, polling data and other analysis that shows the impact and benefits of debates for democracies.

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