March 9, 2011, 8:24 p.m.
Recent election events around the world show that fraud is undermining the electoral process in both established democracies and transitional societies. If the electoral process is not pro-actively and strategically safeguarded, efforts to combat electoral fraud in an effective and credible manner will be extremely challenging. IFES is releasing a series of three white papers introducing a groundbreaking framework for deterring this corrosive practice.
Assessing Electoral Fraud in New Democracies: A New Strategic Approach , the second paper in the series, introduces a significantly improved model to combat electoral fraud. Among the issues discussed in the paper are:
The first paper in the series, Assessing Electoral Fraud in New Democracies: A Basic Conceptual Framework by Rafael López-Pintor, discusses the importance of focusing on fraud in new democracies; provides a definition for fraud (as opposed to corruption or malpractice); sheds light on the different agents who can perpetrate fraud and why it can be difficult to identify them; and assesses how international democratic standards intersect with the prevention of electoral fraud.