The TEPJF contributes to several initiatives to develop principles and standards to guide electoral justice bodies in their role of protecting political rights of citizens. It received five awards at the ICPS International Electoral Awards 2014 ceremony, for its work on Gender Equality, International Institutional Engagement and Minority Participation. It was also honoured with the awards for the Commissioner of the Year and Commission of the Year. Three of TEPJF’s Justices currently serve at the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission. In this context, the TEPJF was actively engaged in the preparation of the Report on the Misuse of Administrative Resources during Electoral Processes issued by the Venice Commission, and jointly manages with it the VOTA database, which comprises electoral legislation of the commission’s member states. The TEPJF also takes part, as observer, of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and, as full member, of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organisms (UNIORE).
Over the past fifteen years, International IDEA has provided direct technical assistance to a range of actors working on political finance and has worked in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Ecuador, Kenya, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sweden and Peru. International IDEA produces knowledge resources on political finance legislative frameworks and their practical implementation, which guide both researchers and reformers around the world. The Political Finance Database, for example, offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on political finance regulations from 180 countries. Last year International IDEA and published a new handbook on political finance: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, while its study on Political Party Finance Regulation after the Arab Spring provides rich regional overviews on how such regulation works in practice at national level.
Following the debates at the OECD Forum on Financing Democracy, which took place in Paris in December 2014 in co-operation with International IDEA, The OECD is advancing the global agenda on the role of money in politics in order to help governments regain public confidence and further improve the quality of policy making that leads to better policies for better lives. In view of ensuring the adoption of policies in the public interest and make sure that money is not a means for undue influence and the capture of public polices by powerful special interests, the OECD has designed a Framework on Financing Democracy: Supporting Better Public Polices and Averting Policy Capture which maps out risk areas and provide tangible policy options. Addressing concerns related to financing democracy and averting policy capture is a key lever for restoring trust in government. The OECD report on Financing Democracy is due in Autumn 2015.
The National Electoral Institute (INE) is the public, permanent and independent body responsible for organising federal elections and guiding the newly national electoral management system that now features the Mexican federal pact in electoral matters. The INE exerts relevant powers related to finance regulation, including the operation of a rigorous and sophisticated system for the control, accountability and oversight of public and private financing of political parties and electoral campaigns nationwide and for all types of elections. For over twenty years, INE’s (formerly IFE) extensive international co-operation activities have given special relevance to topics related to the regulation and finance control of political parties and electoral campaigns. The participation of INE specialists in different international technical assistance missions, the organisation of international conferences and specialized courses aiming at the reflection, debate and exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices, and the publication of specialized works including electoral studies in compared perspective in Latin America stand out amongst them.