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.

Spanish Country: El Salvador

El 57.1 por ciento dijo que un debate presidencial podría ser determinante para su decisión de voto, contrario a un 38.2 %. Independientemente a la preferencia, la encuesta UTEC reveló que Nayib Bukele es el mejor candidato a la presidencia, con el 54.6 %, y el 32.7 por ciento afirmaron que Bukele no pertenece a ninguna ideología.

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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. 

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: Costa Rica

The main television networks in the country have established the day and time of their debates, which will be held in the hours of the largest television audience to reach the largest number of viewers

English Country: International

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 programming.

The contents of this guide were created by the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).