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"We think this this has really added to the quality of elections observation we do, and the quality of elections." Watch Kojo Asante on NDI's work with CDD-Ghana:
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“The democratic process implies elected leaders, free and fair elections, universal and equal suffrage, the right to stand as a candidate for elected office, and freedom of expression, information and association. These seven preconditions can take concrete form in different electoral systems, decision-making rules and constitutional arrangements. However, only if these criteria are met can a fair contest of ideas take place.” ~Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2008
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"Those who have anything to say should be able to go out in the streets and say it. There could be no solution without democracy." ~Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-Chairperson Gültan Kışanak, 25 June 2013
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Did you miss our 2013 Democracy Awards Dinner, featuring Jack Dorsey, Samantha Power, Madeleine Albright, and civic innovators from around the world? Now you can read about it or watch the speeches you missed. 
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Read the remarkable story of Hodan Ahmed, this year's Andi Parhamovich fellow, and the work she's doing now to improve political participation for women and girls in her native Somalia: http://www.ndi.org/hodan-apf-story
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We'll be talking Ghanaian elections, domestic election monitoring and innovative uses of technology with Dr. Franklin Oduro of CDD-Ghana this Thursday. RSVP today: 
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As Hong Kong moves toward universal suffrage by 2017, this new website allows citizens to explore the concept of 'universal suffrage' and design proposals for how it should work: 
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Have you seen our 30th anniversary film? Learn about NDI's past, present and future:
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Candidate debates are becoming an increasingly accepted and expected part of the democratic election process. Recently, representatives from 18 countries came together to discuss the best ways to organize debates and share stories difficulties they face and their successes:
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ICYMI, ELOG Kenya, a nonpartisan, independent citizen monitoring group, found Kenya's official results to be consistent with its parallel vote tabulation: 
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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
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