The Manipulation of Electoral Administration

Birch Sarah

in Electoral Malpractice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731693 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

The Manipulation of Electoral Administration

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This chapter considers the classic forms of electoral malpractice, namely manipulation of the way an electoral process is conducted. The chapter starts in the first section with a review of the concept of electoral misconduct together with previous work on the topic. The second section employs the Index of Electoral Malpractice to undertake a multivariate analysis of electoral misconduct in general, as well as two specific forms of misconduct: the manipulation of electoral registration procedures, and the manipulation of vote counting/tabulation. The chapter then goes on to consider the central role of electoral management bodies in maintaining the quality of electoral conduct, and investigates the aspects of electoral management body design that are associated with high quality elections. A case study of the Ukrainian presidential election of 2004 follows in the fourth section.

Keywords: electoral malpractice; fraud; electoral administration; electoral management bodies; electoral commissions; Index of Electoral Malpractice; Ukraine

Chapter.  10415 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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