Objectives of the Commission
- To identify and frame the challenges to electoral integrity arising from the global spread of digital technologies and social media platforms;
- 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;
- 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.