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  • Prevention of Corruption

    States must take measures to prevent corruption.
    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Each State Party shall consider adopting such legislative and other measures as may be necessary to establish as criminal offences, when committed intentionally: (a) The promise, offering or giving to a public official or any other person, directly or indirectly, of an undue advantage in order that the public official or the person abuse his or her real or supposed influence with a view to obtaining from an administration or public authority of the State Party an undue advantage for the original instigator of the act or for any other person; (b) The solicitation or acceptance by a public official or any other person, directly or indirectly, of an undue advantage for himself or herself or for another person in order that the public official or the person abuse his or her real or supposed influence with a view to obtaining from an administration or public authority of the State Party an undue advantage.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “The candidates do not have the right to take advantages of their official position or advantages of office with the aim of being elected. The list of breaches of the principle of equal suffrage, and measures of responsibility for such breaches are determined by laws.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “The purposes of this Convention are: 2. To promote, facilitate and regulate cooperation among the States Parties to ensure the effectiveness of measures and actions to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption in the performance of public functions and acts of corruption specifically related to such performance.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “In order to combat corruption and related offences in the public service, State Parties commit themselves to: 1. Require all or designated public officials to declare their assets at the time of assumption of office during and after their term of office.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “Improving efficiency and effectiveness of public services and combatting corruption.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “In order to realise the objectives set out in Article 2 above, each State Party shall take measures to establish and consolidate: d) Laws and regulations aimed at discouraging corruption of national and foreign officials.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “To ensure that the organisation, functioning and decision-making processes of public administration take into account the need to combat corruption, in particular by ensuring as much transparency as is consistent with the need to achieve effectiveness.”

    • Election Management, Candidacy and Campaigning, Voter Registration, Voting Operations, Vote Counting and Tabulation

      “We recognize that corruption poses a great threat to the OSCE’s shared values. It generates instability and reaches into many aspects of the security, economic and human dimensions. Participating States pledge to strengthen their efforts to combat corruption and the conditions that foster it, and to promote a positive framework for good government practices and public integrity.”

    • Election Management, Voting Operations

      “Requests States parties to cooperate closely with each other, consistent with their domestic legal and administrative systems, in order to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement action to combat the offences covered by the United Nations Convention against Corruption.”

    • Election Management, Electoral Dispute Resolution

      “Urges States parties to ensure that their anti-corruption authorities or other relevant bodies have sufficient resources to fulfil their mission, have an appropriate level of investigative and prosecutorial independence, are trained sufficiently and on a regular basis, have the requisite authority, legislative and otherwise, to identify, trace, freeze and confiscate corruption proceeds, including in terms of access to the financial and other information necessary to do so, and have the authority to share information, cooperate and coordinate corruption investigations with other domestic agencies and other Governments, when appropriate.”

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United Nations Convention against Corruption

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Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Commonwealth of Independent States

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Inter-American Convention Against Corruption

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African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption

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African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

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Economic Community of West African States Protocol on the Fight against Corruption

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Resolution (97)24 on the Twenty Guiding Principles for the Fight against Corruption

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Resolutions and decisions adopted by the Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, at its fifth session

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