Resources for Organizing Debates

Holding a successful debate means managing a myriad of organizing tasks. This section includes comparative information ranging from first steps in organizing a debate to measuring the impact of a debate after it has taken place. Resources include debate organizing guides, “to do” checklists, debate rules, debate sponsor mission statements, public relations materials, criteria for selecting candidates and debate public opinion surveys, among other resources.

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English Country: Jamaica

The manual set out hereafter, reflects many of the practices that the Jamaica Debates Commission has carried out in the staging of political debates during the general election cycles of 2002 and 2007 and attempts to cover the main areas that should be considered in the staging of political debates.

Spanish Country: Argentina

Manuel de estilo de la organización Argentina Debate para el debate presidencial entre Daniel Scioli y Mauricio Macri. 

English Country: United States

The video, “The Kalb Report: Democracy in Action: A Review of the 2012 Presidential Debates," is an informal interview program with three CPD debate moderators discussing the U.S. debates. Jim Lehrer, Bob Shieffer and Martha Raddatz describe their thoughts on the role of the moderator.

English Country: United States
English Country: International
The following are examples of criteria used by debate sponsors from a range of countries to determine which candidates are invited to debate.
English Country: Ireland

The Green Party has lost its legal challenge against a decision by RTÉ which resulted in its exclusion from the political parties' leaders' debate which takes place tonight. Read more at RTE News. 

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English Country: Jamaica

Candidate debate advertisements.

French Country: Haiti

A candidate debate advertisement.

English Country: New Zealand

So the debates are seen as a highlight of the campaign, allowing the voting public to see our potential prime ministers up close and unedited, rather than cut down to five-second sound bites (that's what the average is now) or even shorter and more meaningless snippets.

English Country: Kenya

Common wisdom states that debates rarely sway the audience from their preferred choice but in a country like Kenya, they provide the closest thing to a level playing field for aspirants who lack the clout to enjoy dedicated media coverage. The one off TV debate is a rare opportunity for the invisible ones, to be seen and heard. Read more at SDE.

English Country: Bermuda

Which brings us to Bermuda and the refusal/unwillingness of our leaders to debate. Not only now, but historically. Read more at The Royal Gazette.

 
English Country: Kenya

Whatever the case, the debates are important platforms for public determination of the candidates’ understanding of issues, their grasp of policy, and ability to articulate their positions or views on important matters. Read more at Standard Digital.

English Country: Kenya

While it is true the debate may have no impact on the voting pattern, it provides Kenyans with an opportunity to interrogate the two leaders' policies, especially  on emotive issues such as land. This can be done in a conducive environment where conclusive and exhaustive responses can be sought. Read more at Standard Digital

English Country: Kenya

Both statesmen have threatened to boycott the first televised Presidential Debate under the 2010 Constitution, denying the largest number of registered voters in the history of Kenyan electioneering the chance to see them think on their feet and address the burning issues of the day. Read more at The Star.

English Country: Kenya

At the very least, they can provide voters with new information about the candidates. With the presidential race as close as it is between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, we should expect heightened sensitivities and endless speculation about the purpose of the debate and whether or not it would serve any useful purpose. Read more at Daily Nation.

 
 
English Country: United Kingdom

Our PM says she wants to “unite Britain”, to bring every part of the nation together. But how does she even begin to do that if halfway-proper debates – scoring over 7 million then over 8 million viewers in 2015 – are off the agenda? Debates attract healthy audiences because they seem to be special events, moments when young and old, rich and poor sit down together. For more information, vitist The Guardian

 

 

English Country: United Kingdom

Television debates have, over the last seven years, become an immovable feature of the British political landscape. A staging post on the way to the polling station, a focal point on the journey to government or opposition – and, most importantly of all, a chance to speak more-or-less directly to the people calling the shots: the voters. For more info, visist The Telegraph.

English Country: South Korea

Ahn has proposed a one-on-one debate with Moon, who has not yet accepted the notion. There appear to be few reasons to reject the debate. The upcoming presidential election is significant in view of difficulties at home and abroad. Through a one-to-one debate, the two likely candidates need to detail their pledges and show their traits as potential president. For more information, visit The Korean Herald.

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English Country: Canada

A House of Commons committee will begin to study the creation of an independent commission or commissioner to oversee leaders debates during federal election campaigns. For more information, visit CBCNews.

Spanish Country: Argentina

El proyecto jujeño, que necesitaría de la modificación del Código Electoral provincial para incorporar la figura del debate público entre candidatos (a Senador/a y Gobernador/a), de manera obligatoria, se presenta hoy como una posibilidad única y primera para institucionalizar al debate como herramienta de comunicación en tiempos de campaña electoral. Para más información, visite JuJuy Online

Spanish Country: Argentina

La iniciativa, que había obtenido media sanción del Senado a principios de mes con 46 votos a favor y 10 en contra (del kirchnerismo), estipula que haya 2 debates obligatorios -uno de los cuales deberá hacerse en el interior del país-, dentro de los 20 días y hasta 7 días antes de la fecha de elección. En caso de balotaje, habrá un debate adicional dentro de los 10 días anteriores a la elección. Mas información en Clarin.

Spanish Country: Argentina

La iniciativa que ya cuenta con media sanción del Senado fue analizada en un plenario de las comisiones de Asuntos Constitucionales y de Justicia, junto con otro proyecto que impulsa el Ejecutivo, que regula el traspaso de mando presidencial. Mas informacion, en ClarinX.

English Country: United States

If there’s anything the televised debates of the past two years in Louisiana have taught us, says Jeremy Alford, it’s that the state desperately needs to create a nonpartisan, nonprofit commission on statewide TV debates. For more information, please visit Business Report.

Spanish Country: Argentina

La Cámara alta aprobó una iniciativa con acuerdo de varios bloques para que desde la campaña 2019 los candidatos presidenciales que superen las PASO estén obligados a participar de dos debates públicos, uno en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y otro en otra ciudad del país. En caso de balotaje se realizará un tercer debate, mientras que en todas las instancias, los candidatos que no participen serán penados con la restricción del espacio asignado para propaganda electoral. Lea mas en Pagina 12.

Spanish Country: Argentina

La iniciativa, que quedó en condiciones de ser aprobada en el recinto en la próxima sesión, modifica el capítulo IV bis del Título III del Código Electoral Nacional, ley 19.945, e incorpora un nuevo artículo que sostiene la obligatoriedad de “los debates preelectorales públicos entre candidatos a presidente de la Nación, con la finalidad de dar a conocer y debatir ante el electorado las plataformas electorales de los partidos, frentes o agrupaciones políticas”. Lea mas en La Arena.

Spanish Country: Argentina

 El magistrado agregó que “no parece mala idea una regulación y la incorporación del debate al proceso electoral” y opinó que los debates deben ser entre candidatos a presidente ya que “trasladarlo a las elecciones legislativas sería una operación muy compleja”. En ese sentido, destacó la idea del proyecto enviado por el Poder Ejecutivo para que la Cámara Nacional Electoral sea el “ámbito de acuerdo donde concurran los candidatos y se fijen las reglas del juego”. Mas informacion en Entorno Inteligente.

Spanish Country: Argentina

El presidente de la Cámara Nacional Electoral (CNE), Alberto Dalla Via, realzó este martes los proyectos de ley para establecer la obligatoriedad de los debates presidenciales entre los candidatos que hayan superado las Primarias Abiertas, Simultáneas y Obligatorias (PASO). Mas informacion en Parlamentario.

Spanish Country: Argentina

Boleta electrónica, cambios en el sistema de votación de las primarias, mayor control en los "ilícitos electorales", eliminación de listas colectoras, debate presidencial obligatorio y regulación de las transiciones entre las administraciones. Leer mas en Infobae.

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English Country: Costa Rica

English translation of an anti-corruption agreement signed by the participants in a presidential debate in Costa Rica; January 8, 2014.

Spanish Country: Costa Rica

Un compromiso anticorrupción firmado por los participantes en un debate presidencial en Costa Rica el 8 de enero de 2014.

English Country: International

A one-page guide on appearance, content, message, and performance.

English Country: International

Includes general information on candidate debates, benefits to candidates and political parties, and recommendations for preparing for debates.

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