Africa and the world today celebrate the international day of democracy.
In celebration of International Day of Democracy on September 15, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems IFES affirms people’s right to have a voice in how they are governed to ensure that democracies deliver for all both during and after crises.
The day was first marked by the United Nations in 2007 as a way to promote and protect democratic principles, and this year’s theme is COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy.
The day provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world, the values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.
In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Says as the world confronts COVID-19, democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic.