Free and Fair Elections by Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

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49/30, ‘Support by the United Nations system for the efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies’, 7 December 1994 (adopted without a vote). See UNGA resolutions 50/133, 20 December 1995; 51/31, 6 December 1996; 52/18, 21 November 1997; 53/31, 23 November 1998; 54/36, 29 November 1999 (inviting support for the 2000 Benin Conference of New and Restored Democracies); 55/43, 27 November 2000; 56/96, 14 December 2001 (all adopted without a vote). This forum was organized by the IPU in cooperation with the Mongolian Parliament.

Commission on Human Rights resolution 2000/47, ‘Promoting and consolidating democracy’, 25 April 2000 (45-0-8), para. 1(a). 123 In its 2003 resolution on the interdependence between democracy and human rights, the Commission, ‘2. Reaffirms its conviction that democracy, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing; democracy is based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives; 3.

Democracy must be seen as a process that requires much more than the conduct of 92 93 94 95 96 UN doc. A/55/489, 13 October 2000, para. 10. , paras. 20, 21. , para. 23: ‘This connection between elector and elected, and the accountability of those elected at the local level, provides an important training ground for promoting democracy at the national level’. , paras. 24-27. UN doc. A/56/499, 23 October 2001, para. 13: the power of public authorities must be based on the will of the people, expressed freely in periodic, fair, pluralistic elections, free of intimidation, conducted by universal, equal suffrage and secret balloting and under the supervision of an independent institution, and public authorities must be accountable for their acts.

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