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photo courtesy Mark Abraham/CPD

United States 2012

photo courtesy Presidential Debate Task Force

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy Transparencia & NDI

Peru 2011

photo courtesy GIAP & NDI

Haiti 2010

photo courtesy JDC

Jamaica 2011

photo courtesy CRTA

Serbia 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Cambodia 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Nepal 2013

photo courtesy FUNCICAR

Colombia 2013

photo courtesy DENDE

Paraguay 2013

Photo courtesy Church and Society CCAP Nkhoma Synod

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy NDI

Macedonia 2013

photo courtesy CeSID

Serbia 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Burundi 2010

photo courtesy TTDC

Trinidad and Tobago 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Iraq 2010

photo courtesy NEDG

Nigeria 2013

photo courtesy IEA

Ghana 2012

Yet, debates like these are avenues through which the electorate can take direct measure of people seeking their support into elective office. It is one way of assessing the intelligence and...

The Civic Social Foundation for Cartagena (Fundación Cívico Social Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR) and the Bolivar Political Debate Commission held a town hall style debate for candidates for the mayor...


Welcome to Debates International

This website is intended to serve as a comparative international resource for groups organizing candidate debates for a range of elected offices. The site includes examples of practical organizational and production information from debate sponsoring organizations from around the globe primarily members of Debates International, an informal association of new and longstanding debate groups. It also includes updates on the activities of these debate groups and highlights recent news and analysis on candidate debates.

This site is maintained by the National Democratic Institute. These resources have been made available based on the conviction that there is no one right way to organize candidate debates. Each country must develop debates that reflect its culture and politics, and all debate groups can benefit from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. We hope that this is a useful resource and welcome your comments and suggestions.

English Publication Date: February 1, 2015 Source: Daily Post Country: Nigeria

The Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential campaign organization not to...

English Publication Date: January 31, 2015 Source: Premium Times Country: Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation said on Friday that the decision by the All Progressives Congress [APC] not to...

English Publication Date: January 31, 2015 Source: Nigeria Pulse Country: Nigeria

Mr. Isaac Ighure, the General Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors has on Friday stated that Nigerians have shown positivity by sending in...

Date (time EST):
May 15 2014 (All day)

The Second European Union presidential debate was broadcast live on Thursday, May 15 from 21:00 to 22:30 [CET - Brussels time], among candidates ...

Date (time EST):
Feb 27 2014 (All day)

The Civic Social Foundation for Cartagena (Fundación Cívico Social Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR) and the Political Debate Commission of Bolivar (...

Date (time EST):
Jan 5 2014 (All day)

The Costa Rican Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, TSE) organized a debate among 13 candidates for the presidency in two...