In 2014 the Centre for Democratic Institutions commenced work on a research project focussed on election mechanics and the nature of electoral politics across a number of Pacific Island Countries. This research will focus on both the conduct and outcome of elections: how elections are held, who gets elected, and how electoral politics contribute to broader governance outcomes.
Countries covered by the research include Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. The purpose of the research is to gather and share data and analysis. Analysis which will be of use not only to researchers and policy makers in donor countries, but also people within the Pacific.
The first phase of the project involves publishing research on women candidates and electoral politics in Solomon Islands and, in conjunction with an inter-university team, compiling data on elections and election outcomes in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.