Alberta electoral system borders on undemocratic based on think-tank study

The Alberta provincial electoral system received an overall score of 54 percent for electoral fairness in a study being conducted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), a non-partisan organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes. Areas of analysis in the study includes fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter influence, equality of candidate and party influence and equality of media coverage.

Press Conference:

When: Tuesday February 28, 2011 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Talisman Centre, 2225 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Riverview Room (north entrance).
Refreshments, interview opportunities and full report presentation will be provided.

Key points gleaned from the study:

  • Electoral Fairness: Alberta received a score of 55 percent in electoral finance meaning that Alberta’s electoral finance legislation has both exceptional areas and highly deficient areas
  • Media Laws: Alberta received a score of 45 percent for the electoral fairness of its media laws and regulations which suggests that media reform is necessary to encourage broad and balanced electoral discourse
  • Candidate and Party Influence: Alberta received a score of 51 percent for candidate and party influence that may allow some candidates and parties to have significant electoral advantages over other candidates and parties.
  • Voter Influence: Alberta received a score of 65 percent for the electoral fairness of  Alberta’s legislation on voter influence.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
Phone: (403) 669-8132
Email: stephen.garvey@democracychange.org

Aurangzeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing
Phone: (780) 224-5655
Email: zeb.qureshi@democracychange.org

About the FDA:

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s mission is to advance fair and
transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms of fairness and equity.

2012 FDA Electoral Fairness Report on Alberta

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