Darkness at noon: Where is the citizens’ Access to Information in the 2021 elections road map

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Darkness at noon: Where is the citizens' Access to Information in the 2021 elections road map

Access to election-related information is critical to the integrity of electoral processes in the democratic world. It empowers the electorate to be well-informed about political processes with due regard to their best interest: to elect political office holders; to participate in decision-making processes on the implementation of the laws and policies, and to hold public officials accountable for their acts or omissions in the execution of their duties.

For elections to be free, fair, and credible prior, during, and after elections, the electorate must have access to information at all stages of the electoral process, and there should be freedom of the press and other media. Media freedom goes hand in hand with freedom of expression and access to information. Without freedom of expression and access to information, the media cannot function properly. Governments thus are obliged to organize genuine elections free from discrimination and without unreasonable restrictions. This will enable citizens to participate and readily appreciate the outcome of the electoral process.

 

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