ElectionGudie

About Election Guide

ElectionGuide is provided by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), an international nonprofit dedicated to strengthening electoral democracy. Launched in 1998 through a grant from USAID and currently funded by the same, ElectionGuide is the most comprehensive and timely source of verified election information available online. It provides content on:

  • National elections around the world;
  • Subnational elections of high interest;
  • Political parties and candidates;
  • Referendum provisions;
  • News on election-related laws and developments around the world;
  • Political institutions and electoral systems;
  • Election results and voter turnout.

IFES’ F. Clifton White Applied Research Center on Democracy and Elections (ARC) houses the ElectionGuide research team, which gathers the data, analyzes results, writes reports, and maintains the consistency and accuracy of ElectionGuide.

The ElectionGuide team conducts research and updates the site daily with new information on elections and international news. Our methodology is based on quality research and data collection, objective analysis, and strict verification procedures.

Finding Information on the Site

Country profiles can be accessed through country names and flags which that to the country profile pages. Former countries or former names of existing countries may not have active country profile pages. This means that the country name may be visible on a Region Page, but not linked. The past election profiles will still be linked and visible by looking at the Calendar, or by using the quick search, advanced search, or generate data section.

Election profiles are linked from election type names or dates. We post profiles approximately two weeks before an election date. If an election date is known but has not yet been profiled, the date and election type will be visible on the calendar and in searches, but the type name will not be an active link. Some past elections may also be missing profiles and filling in information is an ongoing process.

Identifying Election Dates

New ElectionGuide entries (election dates and types) are gathered daily from news reports, interaction with election administrators, and from discussions with IFES field staff. Once IFES receives notice of a definite or potential election entry, IFES reaches out to the sources below to confirm the date. In many cases, official confirmation of a date may not be available until one or two months prior to the election. Sometimes there is even less notice.

Compiling Election Profiles

As each election date approaches, the ElectionGuide research team compiles an election profile. This consists of the following elements:

  • Election date and type
  • Description of government structure
  • Description of electoral system
  • Candidates and/or political parties participating in the election, or referendum provisions
  • Outcomes of previous election(s)
  • Population
  • Registered voters and voter turnout
  • Election results
  • News and items of interest about the electoral/political context

Verifying Information

To provide verified dates, yet still offer a comprehensive listing of upcoming elections well in advance of the polling date, IFES consults with the following sources for confirmation of election dates and profile information:

  • Country election authorities: the first and best source for confirming the election entry is the country election authority responsible for administering the electoral event.
  • Other official government source: If the country election authority cannot be immediately reached due to language, time zone, or other barriers, an election date may be confirmed through verification from another government source, often located at country embassies in Washington, DC.
  • News sources: In the event that the election date cannot be confirmed by either of the above sources, information from a credible newspaper or other news agency may be used to verify the election date.
  • Other sources: If necessary, other sources can be used, including IFES field staff and non-governmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN).

Any of the above four methods yields a sufficient confirmation in order to place the election entry on the calendar. As the anticipated date nears, IFES attempts to substitute secondary sources with primary ones, until eventually the election authority is the source of record.

In most cases, the complete election date (month, day, year) is noted on the calendar. For those cases where the actual date has not yet been determined, the month and year is sufficient. Every effort is made to provide the precise election date as soon as it can be confirmed using the method cited above.

To verify election profiles, ElectionGuide identifies, if possible, both a country expert and an official source to confirm the profile information. If necessary, we may post with one of these sources.

To verify election results, ElectionGuide uses numbers only from official sources (that is, a country election authority, embassy, or other government-affiliated source), or, in rare cases, several media sources in which matching official results are quoted. The ElectionGuide research team attempts to keep in close contact with the election management body or embassy in order to receive the confirmed results as soon as they are made available.

 

The ElectionGuide team conducts research and updates the site daily with new information on elections and international news. Our methodology is based on quality research and data collection, objective analysis, and strict verification procedures.

 

Finding Information on the Site

Country profiles can be accessed through country names and flags which that to the country profile pages. Former countries or former names of existing countries may not have active country profile pages. This means that the country name may be visible on a Region Page, but not linked. The past election profiles will still be linked and visible by looking at the Calendar, or by using the quick search, advanced search, or generate data section.

Election profiles are linked from election type names or dates. We post profiles approximately two weeks before an election date. If an election date is known but has not yet been profiled, the date and election type will be visible on the calendar and in searches, but the type name will not be an active link. Some past elections may also be missing profiles and filling in information is an ongoing process.

Region pages can be accessed through the map, the country profile, the advanced search, or certain data reports. Region pages list all countries and territories within a region and show upcoming elections, related news, past elections, and links.

Identifying Election Dates

New ElectionGuide entries (election dates and types) are gathered daily from news reports, interaction with election administrators, and from discussions with IFES field staff. Once IFES receives notice of a definite or potential election entry, IFES reaches out to the sources below to confirm the date. In many cases, official confirmation of a date may not be available until one or two months prior to the election. Sometimes there is even less notice.

Compiling Election Profiles

As each election date approaches, the ElectionGuide research team compiles an election profile. This consists of the following elements:

  • Election date and type
  • Description of government structure
  • Description of electoral system
  • Candidates and/or political parties participating in the election, or referendum provisions
  • Outcomes of previous election(s)
  • Population
  • Registered voters and voter turnout
  • Election results
  • News and items of interest about the electoral/political context

Verifying Information

To provide verified dates, yet still offer a comprehensive listing of upcoming elections well in advance of the polling date, IFES consults with the following sources for confirmation of election dates and profile information:

  • Country election authorities: the first and best source for confirming the election entry is the country election authority responsible for administering the electoral event.
  • Other official government source: If the country election authority cannot be immediately reached due to language, time zone, or other barriers, an election date may be confirmed through verification from another government source, often located at country embassies in Washington, DC.
  • News sources: In the event that the election date cannot be confirmed by either of the above sources, information from a credible newspaper or other news agency may be used to verify the election date.
  • Other sources: If necessary, other sources can be used, including IFES field staff and non-governmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN).

Any of the above four methods yields a sufficient confirmation in order to place the election entry on the calendar. As the anticipated date nears, IFES attempts to substitute secondary sources with primary ones, until eventually the election authority is the source of record.

In most cases, the complete election date (month, day, year) is noted on the calendar. For those cases where the actual date has not yet been determined, the month and year is sufficient. Every effort is made to provide the precise election date as soon as it can be confirmed using the method cited above.

To verify election profiles, ElectionGuide identifies, if possible, both a country expert and an official source to confirm the profile information. If necessary, we may post with one of these sources.

To verify election results, ElectionGuide uses numbers only from official sources (that is, acountry election authority, embassy, or other government-affiliated source), or, in rare cases, several media sources in which matching official results are quoted. The ElectionGuide research team attempts to keep in close contact with the election management body or embassy in order to receive the confirmed results as soon as they are made available.

- See more at: http://digest.electionguide.org/about/methodology/#sthash.uxn9dozX.dpuf
The ElectionGuide team conducts research and updates the site daily with new information on elections and international news. Our methodology is based on quality research and data collection, objective analysis, and strict verification procedures.

 

Finding Information on the Site

Country profiles can be accessed through country names and flags which that to the country profile pages. Former countries or former names of existing countries may not have active country profile pages. This means that the country name may be visible on a Region Page, but not linked. The past election profiles will still be linked and visible by looking at the Calendar, or by using the quick search, advanced search, or generate data section.

Election profiles are linked from election type names or dates. We post profiles approximately two weeks before an election date. If an election date is known but has not yet been profiled, the date and election type will be visible on the calendar and in searches, but the type name will not be an active link. Some past elections may also be missing profiles and filling in information is an ongoing process.

Region pages can be accessed through the map, the country profile, the advanced search, or certain data reports. Region pages list all countries and territories within a region and show upcoming elections, related news, past elections, and links.

Identifying Election Dates

New ElectionGuide entries (election dates and types) are gathered daily from news reports, interaction with election administrators, and from discussions with IFES field staff. Once IFES receives notice of a definite or potential election entry, IFES reaches out to the sources below to confirm the date. In many cases, official confirmation of a date may not be available until one or two months prior to the election. Sometimes there is even less notice.

Compiling Election Profiles

As each election date approaches, the ElectionGuide research team compiles an election profile. This consists of the following elements:

  • Election date and type
  • Description of government structure
  • Description of electoral system
  • Candidates and/or political parties participating in the election, or referendum provisions
  • Outcomes of previous election(s)
  • Population
  • Registered voters and voter turnout
  • Election results
  • News and items of interest about the electoral/political context

Verifying Information

To provide verified dates, yet still offer a comprehensive listing of upcoming elections well in advance of the polling date, IFES consults with the following sources for confirmation of election dates and profile information:

  • Country election authorities: the first and best source for confirming the election entry is the country election authority responsible for administering the electoral event.
  • Other official government source: If the country election authority cannot be immediately reached due to language, time zone, or other barriers, an election date may be confirmed through verification from another government source, often located at country embassies in Washington, DC.
  • News sources: In the event that the election date cannot be confirmed by either of the above sources, information from a credible newspaper or other news agency may be used to verify the election date.
  • Other sources: If necessary, other sources can be used, including IFES field staff and non-governmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN).

Any of the above four methods yields a sufficient confirmation in order to place the election entry on the calendar. As the anticipated date nears, IFES attempts to substitute secondary sources with primary ones, until eventually the election authority is the source of record.

In most cases, the complete election date (month, day, year) is noted on the calendar. For those cases where the actual date has not yet been determined, the month and year is sufficient. Every effort is made to provide the precise election date as soon as it can be confirmed using the method cited above.

To verify election profiles, ElectionGuide identifies, if possible, both a country expert and an official source to confirm the profile information. If necessary, we may post with one of these sources.

To verify election results, ElectionGuide uses numbers only from official sources (that is, acountry election authority, embassy, or other government-affiliated source), or, in rare cases, several media sources in which matching official results are quoted. The ElectionGuide research team attempts to keep in close contact with the election management body or embassy in order to receive the confirmed results as soon as they are made available.

- See more at: http://digest.electionguide.org/about/methodology/#sthash.uxn9dozX.dpuf