Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

Electoral Management Bodies as Institutions of Governance

Rafael López-Pintor

December 2006

Academy of Political Science


Electoral systems are the primary vehicle for choice and representational governance, which is the basic foundation for democratization. These systems must provide opportunities for all, including the most disadvantaged, to participate in and influence government policy and practice. Effective management of electoral systems requires institutions that are inclusive, sustainable, just and independent– which includes in particular electoral management bodies that have the legitimacy to enforce rules and assure fairness with the cooperation of political parties and citizens.