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: Serbia

This Guide aims to (1) promote debates as the highest-quality component of election broadcasting; and (2) provide basic information about organizing a televised debate, drawing on both global and Serbian experiences, and identify all the key aspects to keep in mind when producing this type of...

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...

English Country: United States

In the seven months since they were first announced, the standards — a combination of increasingly higher polling and fundraising thresholds — have upended various campaigns’ tactics and become the proximate cause of multiple withdrawals from the race.

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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
Spanish Country: Dominican Republic

El Tribunal Superior Electoral (TSE) declaró inadmisible el recuso interpuesto por el candidato a alcalde por el Distrito Nacional del Partido Demócrata Institucional (PDI), Marcel Font-Frías, quien buscaba la  suspensión provisional de los debates que celebrará la Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios (ANJE) esta noche.

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English Country: United States

And this got us thinking: What would the debate stage look like if the list or type of eligible polls were different? 

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: United States

DNC Chair Tom Perez has announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of this year.

Perez said his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2)  showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible. 

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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.

Spanish Country: Dominican Republic

Presentarse ante el público, debatir, proponer sus ofertas, tratar de convencer al electorado. Así tendrán la oportunidad de “echar por el piso” resultados de encuestas no válidas.

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Spanish Country: Dominican Republic

En nuestro país siempre se ha hablado de la posibilidad de organizar un debate presidencial donde los candidatos tengan la oportunidad de confrontar sus programas de gobiernos, dilucidar sus ideas, comparar y rebatir con su contendor en transmisión en vivo por la televisión y redes sociales, a sabiendas de que sus electores estarán atentos a su participación, inclusive que puedan hacer algunas preguntas vía internet.

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English Country: United States

It may be hard to believe — does it feel as if we haven’t had a chance to see the candidates square off against each other? — but the biggest change in presidential primaries over the past decade is the dramatic reduction in the number of debates.

Spanish Country: Bolivia

El experto en debates electorales, Manuel Campo Vidal, aseguró que la discusión pre electoral entre candidatos es fundamental, dado que se trata de un derecho de la ciudadanía que permite conocer a los postulantes y enriquece las justas electorales.

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Spanish Country: Dominican Republic

Que en la lucha por el poder -a todos los niveles- sus aspirantes vayan al debate. Que planten sus ideas políticas, sus programas (de gobierno) para que el electorado los conozca “a la clara”.

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English Country: United Kingdom

The rules of televised election debates should be run by an independent commission.

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English Country: Canada

The debate becomes very important — being able to hear these leaders unscripted, pressed by moderators, pressed by one another, to respond to important questions of the day, when so much else that we hear from them comes in a more scripted form. We see their character, their temperament in how they respond to those unscripted approaches.

Spanish Country: Uruguay

Sin embargo, en la opinión pública el debate presidencial se vivió como una final de la Copa Libertadores de América. En cada casa, bar, o desde los dispositivos móviles, la ciudadanía uruguaya vivió una de esas jornadas democráticas de la que se hablará durante décadas.

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Spanish Country: Uruguay

La ley, compuesta por cinco artículos, establece que la organización del debate "será competencia de la Corte Electoral, en consulta con la organización más representativa de periodistas de los medios de comunicación del país y el sistema de medios públicos del Uruguay" y deja en manos de la corte la disposición de las reglas, que se procurará que se fijen "en acuerdo con los participantes y el o los moderadores". 

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English Country: Nigeria

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Nigerians and the world watched with disappointment as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) laboured to explain why Muhammadu Buhari, its presidential candidate who has been in power for over three and a half years, arrogantly absented himself from a presidential debate where he was expected to face the electorate and give account of his stewardship so far and seek their votes in next month’s polls.

 

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Spanish Country: Bolivia

El senador Efraín Chambi, del Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS), anunció que solicitará a la Cámara de Diputados la reposición del proyecto de ley para que establece el debate obligatorio entre los candidatos presidenciales sobre sus programas de gobierno, con miras a las nuevas elecciones generales.

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English Country: Nigeria

A bill to empower the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise public debates for political candidates has scaled second reading at the Senate.

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English Country: Nigeria

A bill seeking to make election debates compulsory for presidential and governorship candidates has scaled second reading at the senate.

Spanish Country: Ecuador

Las reformas al Código de la Democracia aprobadas por la Asamblea -y que esperan el pronunciamiento del Ejecutivo– incluyen la obligación de que los candidatos participen en debates durante la campaña de promoción.

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Spanish Country: Uruguay

La Ley N° 19.827 declara la obligatoriedad de un debate entre candidatos a la Presidencia de la República.

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Spanish Country: Argentina

En una acordada extraordinaria, los jueces Santiago Corcuera y Alberto Dalla Via resolvieron realizar una audiencia el próximo jueves 5 de septiembre, con los candidatos o sus representantes, para que expresen su voluntad de participar y comenzar a avanzar en los debates que se realizarán los domingos 13 y 20 de octubre, en la Universidad Nacional del Litoral y la Facultad de Derecho (UBA), respectivamente.

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English Country: Tunisia
Spanish Country: Bolivia

Como no hubo una nueva respuesta al desafío, en las últimas horas el diputado opositor Rafael Quispe llegó a la plaza Murillo de La Paz con un maple de huevos y anunció su envío al Vicepresidente para que se atreva a debatir con los opositores. "Nosotros con el candidato a la vicepresidencia por la alianza Bolivia Dijo No, Edwin Rodríguez, le dijimos 'Debate donde usted quiera señor Vicepresidente, en el idioma que usted quiera, nativo o castellano, y en el canal donde usted quiera', pero el señor Vicepresidente se ha corrido, no quiere debatir. Por eso le hemos traído un regalo, los huevos que le faltan, huevos que tal vez pueden mover sus 70 millones de neuronas"

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Spanish Country: Argentina

El proyecto original tiene cuatro artículos que establecen la declaración de carácter obligatorio de un debate entre candidatos, la transmisión en vivo por cadena de radio y televisión, la realización de la instancia 30 días antes de las elecciones y la sanción a quienes se nieguen a participar.

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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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