Populism a risk to electoral integrity: new report

9 May 2017

A comprehensive survey by more than 2,700 social scientists ranks the integrity of elections globally, identifying polls beset by gerrymandered boundaries, restrictions on the free press, ballot box fraud, violence, corruption and coercion, and the abuse of money in politics.

New evidence gathered by The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) at the University of Sydney and Harvard is published in a new report: Populist Threats to Electoral Integrity: The Year in Elections, 2016-2017.

The report compares 241 parliamentary and presidential elections in 158 countries around the world (excluding micro-states). All countries are ranked by the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) Index. To go beyond the numbers, the report highlights illustrative case-studies in the U.S., Australia, Russia, Lithuania, the Philippines, Iceland, Gabon, the Gambia, Syria, and Iran.

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