Cape Verde receives highest grade in classification of world's most democratic countries

The international association e-Parliament, which works to promote parliamentary democracy in the world, released a survey of countries with the most democratic elections on Friday, 8th May 2009. Cape Verde earned the highest possible score on a scale going from zero to 12 points.

e-Parliament is considered the first worldwide index to rate democratic principles in elections. The evaluation is divided into three parts: the first examines the criteria of freedom to run for office; the second investigates the conditions of electoral registration processes, voting equity and vote counting processes; and the third looks at freedom of expression in election campaigns.

In all three categories, Cape Verde scored four points, giving it a total of 12. This grade was also obtained by the United States, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, Portugal and most European countries.

Source: A Semana 11/05/09

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