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Pluralism in the 2024 Elections

With more than half of the global population voting this year, learn about how Monitor-assessed countries are embracing pluralism in their elections.

In 2024, more than half of the global population will vote in national general elections. Increasing democratic backsliding is undermining political freedoms, free and fair elections and freedom of the press. Elections are key moments because campaigns can reveal how societies and their leaders treat and speak about diversity. Voter turnout, outbreaks of electoral violence and coverage in news media can be indicative of where a country is on its pluralism journey and where it might be headed.

The Global Centre for Pluralism is keeping a close watch on the campaigns and results of the elections across the globe, particularly in Monitor-assessed countries, knowing that political leaders have the power to shape pluralistic societies.

Pluralistic political leaders will embrace diversity as a source of strength that will lead to better outcomes for all. These leaders advocate for the fundamental recognition that all groups deserve dignity and should feel that they belong. During the election campaign process, these are leaders that see an opportunity to build mutual respect across difference and advance policies that make this possible.

When preparing to vote, we encourage you to ask yourself:

  • How will my vote impact the state of pluralism in my country or community?
  • What are parties proposing that can improve trust amongst groups and towards institutions, respect for diversity and human rights protections?
  • Have these parties created a pathway to pluralism in their policies and track record?
  • What are the impacts that some of these policies or rhetoric may have on minority groups – linguistic/racial/ethnic/religious minorities, women and girls, the 2SLGBTQ+ community, migrants and anybody else in a precarious situation?

All communities and societies are diverse, and voting for leaders that benefit the most vulnerable means voting for parties that benefit us all. Voting for pluralism can be the first step you take towards changing institutions and building a stronger society.

This page will be updated regularly throughout 2024 with blogs covering the lead-up to the elections taking place in Monitor-assessed countries. While the Global Centre for Pluralism does not endorse any candidate, political party or policies, you can take a look to see what issues we are watching, why and how they can impact pluralism across Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico, Ghana and Sri Lanka.