General Assembly elects 18 members to UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 States to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016.Those elected were Belgium, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

UN congratulates Afghan voters for taking part in 'historic' elections

As voters across Afghanistan braved inclement weather and security threats to cast their ballots in Saturday's presidential and provincial council elections, the top United Nations official there congratulated them for participating in this “historic moment” for the country.

New UN report shows how to estimate cost of elections worldwide

In an era of political-party finance reform and multi-million-dollar campaigns, understanding what elections cost, and why, is crucial to development, especially for fragile States facing competing demands for scarce resource, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and an international foundation dealing with the issue (IFES).

UN-Spain partnership paves way for increased cooperation on electoral assistance

A new agreement signed today between the United Nations and the Government of Spain paves the way for Madrid to boost its support for the world body’s work in field of electoral assistance – widely viewed as crucial to the process of democratic transition, especially for countries emerging from war.

South Pacific voters in Tokelau head to polls to decide political status

Citizens of the tiny South Pacific atolls of Tokelau went to the polls for a second time today in a landmark UN-supervised referendum that could change the political status of this Non-Self-Governing Territory, which is now administered by New Zealand.

UN team heads to Pacific islands of Tokelau as its population prepares to vote

In preparation for a landmark referendum on Saturday that could change Tokelau’s political status, a team of United Nations observers is going to the tiny South Pacific atolls that make up the Non-Self-Governing Territory, which is currently administered by New Zealand.

UN electoral chief Carina Perelli dismissed for misconduct

Carina Perelli, the Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, received a letter this morning informing her of the Secretary-General's decision to summarily dismiss her for misconduct, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

Standards for international electoral observation endorsed at UN

The presence of international observers can make a dramatic difference in ensuring that elections move a country's democratic process forward, while fraudulent voting can detonate conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today at a ceremony in New York to adopt set of standards in the electoral field.

International standards for election monitoring slated for adoption at UN

As international election observation plays an increasingly important role in helping nations consolidate peace and strengthen democracy, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other key players in the field are poised to adopt a new set of standards – including a ban on receiving funding from host governments – for carrying out this vital work.