Electoral Integrity Global Report 2023

Holly Ann Garnett, Toby S. James, Madison MacGregor, Sofia Caal-Lam

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• The release of PEI 9.0 adds 49 new contests in 44 countries to the PEI dataset. This report explores four key contests in 2022: the mid-term elections in the United States, general elections in Kenya and Brazil, and the legislative elections in Hungary.
• Elections with the highest levels of electoral integrity are once again in Western Europe, with Nordic countries Denmark (87) and Sweden (81) having some of the top-rated elections of 2022, alongside Austria (83) and Slovenia (80). Rounding out the top five elections was Israel’s 2022 legislative elections (83).
• Elections with the lowest levels of electoral integrity included contests in countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, with the Republic of Congo (27), Angola (31) and Equatorial Guinea (16) having some of the lowest rated elections. These countries particularly struggled with electoral laws, the voting process, and/or the performance of electoral authorities. Outside of Africa, contests in Serbia (38) and Turkmenistan (23) were also included in the bottom five elections of 2022.
• Regional variation continues, with the Nordic countries and Western Europe demonstrating consistently high electoral integrity, while regions like Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa showcase a range of challenges and opportunities for improvement of electoral processes.
• Like in previous years, indicators of the integrity of campaign environment were the lowest scoring stages of the electoral cycle, with campaign finance and campaign media again at the bottom. Conversely, the election procedures, vote count and results had high overall means.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherElectoral Integrity Project
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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