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Electoral processes and
democratic consolidation in the countries of the southern
electoral processus organised with integrity as a step
towards successful democratic governance.
September 2014, Ismaili Centre, Lisbonne
About the 2014 Lisbon Forum
Since it was established in 1994 by the North-South Centre
of the Council of Europe, the Lisbon Forum has been a
distinctive platform bringing together high-level
participants from Europe, neighbouring regions and other
continents to share experience, good practice and expertise.
Themes of the Forum have been closely related to the core
mission of the Council of Europe: to promote democracy,
human rights and the rule of law.
In light of the events
of the “Arab Spring”, recent editions of the Forum have
sought to address key challenges faced by Arab societies and
explore possibilities for renewed cooperation with Europe.
The topic for LF2014 will be “Electoral processes and
democratic consolidation in the countries of the Southern
Mediterranean.” The integrity of the electoral process is
one of the conditions for the ultimate expression of
successful democratic consolidation, which lays the
necessary foundations for good governance.
uprisings in the countries on the southern shores of the
Mediterranean in 2011, various elections have taken place in
the region with varying degrees of success and consequences
for the ensuing political balance.
It is therefore
important and essential, when establishing democratic
governance, to give particular attention to the entire
electoral process. This entails examining electoral
processes and ensuring that they eradicate any barriers to
participation and promote the inclusion of all members of
society in political affairs, particularly women, while also
taking into account the characteristics of the region and of
the country concerned.
Similarly, as witnessed at the
2013 Lisbon Forum, whose aim was to show that democratic
ownership is as important for citizens as for those
governing them, the aim of this year’s Forum will be to show
that, in the case of elections, democratic awareness applies
not only to the candidates and all the other key players in
the electoral process but also to voters (associations,
political parties, media, etc…).
At the LF2014 the
goal will be to draft recommendations directed to all the
key actors of governance after a series of debates,
interventions and exchanges with civil society, elected
representatives and citizens on key issues, sharing
successful experiences in the south Mediterranean region or
in other parts of the world.
Event organised by the
North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
and financed by
of the Lisbon Forum 2014