Democracy Articles

Mayoral Forum: Leadership qualities revealed

30 September 2019

Claims of personal willingness and proven capabilities to deliver greater transparency and citizen participation if elected, went well beyond what the law requires. Such claims were made by six Wellington mayoral candidates during the Who deserves your vote? mayoral candidates’ meeting on 26 September.

The pressure for more openness, created by many years’ work by civil society groups, was evident.

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Local Elections Questions

24 September 2019

The response to Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ)’s local candidate questions has been solid.

TINZ designed six sets of questions to be used by voters when talking with a candidate standing for local body election. We sent these to a large number of the candidates around New Zealand. 

Many candidates indicated they appreciated the unique approach and acknowledged the call for integrity and transparency from our elected officials.

#Localintegrity

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Elections 2019 – raising questions on integrity

9 September 2019

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) contributes to local government democracy by promoting integrity and civic literacy. More than 1000 local body candidates will receive its ‘Questions on Integrity’ this week.

These questions are on topics around ethics, accountability, transparency and community representation.

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“She’ll be right” will not protect New Zealand’s democracy

1 September 2019

The survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years. A kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right”.

Actually, it won’t be! Democracies need to be nurtured and supported – or risk having them turn into something else. There are four critical steps to shore up our democracy and sustain it.

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“She’ll be right” will not protect New Zealand’s democracy

1 September 2019

The survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years. A kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right”. Actually, it won’t be! Democracies need to be nurtured and supported – or risk having them turn into something else. There are four critical steps to shore up our democracy and sustain it.

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Local Body Elections: Questions for Candidates

28 August 2019

Get to know your candidates!  To help, Transparency International New Zealand has designed five sets of questions that can be used when talking with a local body candidate.

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Elections 2019 Questions to ask candidates

9 August 2019

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has designed sets of questions that can be used when talking with a local body candidate.

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Democracy facing global challenges

3 June 2019

V-Dem 2019 democracy report released

In May the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project released its latest report “Democracy Facing Global Challenges” – V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. The report highlights that democratic declines now affect more countries than ever before. Most democracies remain resilient despite challenges such as the financial crises and the rampant spread of fake news on social media.

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Corrupt Elections in the Solomons

3 June 2019

The following information was posted to Facebook by Transparency International PNG on 21st May 2019.

2019 NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION – THE WORST AND MOST CORRUPT EVER RUN IN SOLOMON ISLANDS SINCE INDEPENDENCE.

Loss of control

“The number of election petitions raised against the 27 winning candidates confirms that Chief Electoral Officer, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) lost control of the 2019 National General Election”,

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Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections - Hearing of evidence (23.05.2019)

Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections - Hearing of evidence (23 May 2019)Read submissions and advice related to this inquiry:http://bit.ly/2IcPfJl

Posted by Justice Committee on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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TINZ Presents Justice Committee to Inquiry into Elections

30 May 2019

Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections – Hearing of evidence (23 May 2019). Read more…