Thought Leadership and 2013 Joe C. Baxter Award Recipient

Dr. Jørgen Elklit, Professor, Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, Denmark
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Publication Date: 
5 May 2017

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Dr. Jørgen Elklit has been an adviser on electoral systems in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Nepal and Tanzania, among other countries. His first assignment in an electoral advisory mission was in Nepal in 1990-1991 and since then he has been both a thought leader and a practitioner in the elections field. His time on the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa from 1994-1997 and as the secretary of the Kriegler Commission, which investigated the rampant violence following Kenya’s 2007 elections, are particularly notable.

Dr. Elklit has worked to advance the field of election administration through original research and scholarly collaboration. He has advised struggling countries worldwide to build credible and democratic political systems and institutions. He played an invaluable role as a reviewer and proponent of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) electoral integrity typology and methodology, which distinguishes between and among fraud, malpractice and systemic manipulation. To honor his many contributions to as an electoral administrator and a thought leader in the field, IFES awarded him with the 2013 Joe C. Baxter Award.

“Dr. Elklit has set the standard for the investigation and practice of effective election management and electoral integrity,” said IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney. “Dr. Elklit’s devotion, over 30 years, to promoting good governance in volatile and transitioning societies is exemplary.”

“One pillar of democracy is elections characterized by integrity, credibility and inclusiveness. Such elections are being continuously promoted by the work of IFES,” Dr. Elklit said upon receiving the Baxter Award.

Dr. Elklit has spent his career researching, both through practice and academia, effective election management and electoral integrity. He has also been an important partner for IFES, sharing his insight and collaborating with us on many projects.