Bringing candidates together to discuss issues face to face with voters and each other has become a mainstay of the political landscape in many nations. Especially in new democracies, debates help voters make informed choices, hold candidates accountable for their election promises and reduce the potential for political violence. However, organizing a debate is a difficult task—challenges range from fundraising to convincing candidates to participate.
A new website created by National Democratic Institute and the U.S.-based Commission on Presidential Debates provides information to help sponsors organize all aspects of candidate debates, from selecting a format to set design to ethical guidelines, and more. Read more»