National leaders must learn that to provide democratic legitimacy, elections must be free and fair. The international community must understand that every time it turns a blind eye to electoral abuse, it becomes complicit in degrading democracy’s potential. Short-term expediency cannot be allowed to overshadow the longer-term impact on security, development and human rights. We have to raise the costs for those tempted to rig or steal polls.
The bravery of pro-democracy protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other countries reminds us of what is at stake. It would be a terrible betrayal if their hopes were to be denied by corrupt or rigged elections later this year. It is time for us all to stand up for the integrity of elections.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I mentioned that I wanted Kofi Annan's take on the UN intervention in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire. Related to that, I was actually sent a reference to one statement on March 24th, related to Cote d'Ivoire. I can't see the FT piece from which it is taken from, but the final statement is open to interpretation