The Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

Objectives of the Commission

  1. To identify and frame the challenges to electoral integrity arising from the global spread of digital technologies and social media platforms;
  2. To develop policy measures that address these challenges and which also highlight the opportunities that technological innovation offers for strengthening electoral integrity and political participation;
  3. To define and articulate a programme of advocacy to ensure that the key messages emerging from the Commission are widely diffused and debated around the world.

Some key questions will guide the Commission’s deliberations:

  • What are the fundamental elements of digital technology which will have a uniquely detrimental, or positive, impact on democracy and electoral processes?
  • What is the potential of digital technologies to both strengthen and undermine the integrity of the electoral environment?
  • How can the use of technology in elections be made transparent and accountable?
  • What opportunities and incentives can digital technology offer voters, especially young people, to engage in democratic processes?
  • What role and impact does political finance have in the deployment and use of digitally-based electoral strategies and instruments?

Calendar of Activities

The Commission will be launched in November 2018 and undertake a one year period of research and consultations. Its final report will be issued in the latter part of 2019, and will be followed by a campaign of advocacy and outreach to ensure its recommendations reach, and are implemented by, policy makers and key stakeholders.