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...

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: 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.

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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English Country: Nigeria

While it is not yet clear whether the candidates, particularly those of the major political parties, have indicated interest in participating, some political parties that know the inadequacies, or outright hollowness of their candidates have started flying the malicious kite of aspersion on the debate.

 

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French Country: Senegal

La démocratie sénégalaise ne va donc pas faire ce pas tant souhaité, avec l’instauration d’un débat télévisé Search débat télévisé entre les candidats Search candidats à la prochaine présidentielle.

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English Country: United States

The governor is correct to say that his debate with Molinaro with a mess. But suggesting that therefore all debates are worthless is like arguing that Randy Macho Man Savage and The Undertaker aren't suitable ambassadors of the ancient sport of Greco-Roman wrestling.

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English Country: United States

Let this be the last California election in which a front-runner for governor or U.S. Senate can dictate the time, place and format of a debate. There were two reasons voters did not get a chance to watch and compare the candidate for these two high-profile offices on statewide television in prime time: Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein.

English Country: United Kingdom

There is no fundamental reason why television leaders' debates should not now be an utterly normal feature of elections and referendums going forward.

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English Country: United Kingdom

And with Prime Minister’s Questions a weekly shouting match where answers bear little relation to the issue supposedly being considered, I fully support the independent leader’s debate commission being proposed by Sky News anchor Adam Boulton to ensure that there’s clarity in advance over election debates.
 

English Country: United Kingdom

An independent body should be set up to run television general election debates, Sky News has urged, amid fears that broadcasters could be cut out of the process entirely in the event of a snap post-Brexit vote.

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English Country: United States

Now more than ever, debates provide voters a critical window to see the candidates discussing the most critical issues in a high-pressure situation. In today’s world of carefully crafted press releases and public appearances, the authenticity of debates is simply unmatched.

English Country: United States

Typically, candidates trailing in the polls have more to gain by sparring with the leading candidate than the other way around, just as challengers need the exposure more than incumbents. 

Spanish Country: Uruguay

Luego de 25 años sin discusiones entre candidatos en un estudio de TV, en el Congreso se están ajustando cambios al proyecto de ley de debates obligatorios, que se someterá a votación de la Cámara de Diputados en julio y del Senado en agosto.

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Spanish Country: Argentina

A su vez, el decreto aclara que de acuerdo con lo normado en el artículo 64 del Código Electoral Nacional, la Dirección Nacional Electoral ejecutará las sanciones que le comunique la Cámara Nacional Electoral en razón del incumplimiento de uno o más candidatos con su obligación de participar en el debate presidencial.

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Spanish Country: Argentina

En caso de incumplir con la obligatoriedad de presentarse a los debates, el Código Electoral Nacional (ley N° 19.945) dispone como sanción el no otorgamiento de espacios de publicidad audiovisual. 

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English Country: Ukraine

Law of Ukraine - “On the Elections of the President of Ukraine”

English Country: Philippines

Re-electionist Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III has filed a bill making electoral debates mandatory every campaign season.

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Spanish Country: Argentina

La concejal María Laura Nievas presentó un proyecto de ordenanza que establece: ''la realización de un debate público preelectoral entre todos los candidatos a intendente de nuestra ciudad''. 

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Spanish Country: Argentina

Debates Regulations

English Country: Hungary

On Tuesday, Socialist MP Bertalan Tóth and independent MP Tímea Szabó (who is a candidate on the joint MSZP – Párbeszéd list for the 8th April election) proposed an amendment to the election law that would require the sitting Hungarian prime minister to engage in two debates during national election campaigns. According to the proposal, both debates would be a minimum of 90 minutes in duration. 

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

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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