Primer Debate Presidencial #Elecciones2018 --INE Mexico

Los candidatos y la candidata a la Presidencia de la República participan en el primer debate en la sede del Palacio de Minería de la UNAM.

Streamed live on Apr 22, 2018

Debate presidencial TV Peru | Jurado Nacional de Elecciones

Debate presidencial Anatel 2021 | Canal 13

Political Party Representatives Debate - Honduras 2017, part 2

Political Party Representatives Debate Video 

Presidential Debate - El Salvador

The Salvadorian Association of Broadcasters (Asociación Salvadoreña de Radiodifusores, ASDER) and the Salvadorian Association of Private Universities  (Asociación de Universidades Privadas de El Salvador, AUPRIDES) will host a presidential debate on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. local time. The debate will focus on the following topics: Corruption, sports, education, immigration, justice, international relations, health, security, sovereignty, democracy and the economy. The debate will be broadcast live on ASDER's Facebook page and on the Debate web page. 

Third Presidential Debate in Mexico

The National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) will host its third presidential debate at The Great Museum of the Mayan World (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya) in Mérida, Yucatán, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 21:00 local time. The debate moderators will use questions for the candidates submitted by Mexican citizens via social media and focused on three main topics: economic growth, poverty and inequality; education, science and technology and sustainable development and climate change. This final debate of the campaign before the July 1 elections will be broadcast live on INE TV on Youtube, as well as on national television stations TV Azteca, Televisa and Cadena Tres. You can also follow the conversation on social media at  #DebateINE,  #DebateDelDebate, and @INEMéxico.  

Second Presidential Debate in Mexico

The National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) will host its second presidential debate at the Autonomous University of Baja California (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, UABC) in Tijuana, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 21:30 central time. This town-hall format debate will focus on three main topics: Foreign trade and investment, border security and the fight against transnational crime and the rights of migrants. The second debate will be broadcast live on INE TV on Youtube, as well as on the national television stations TV Azteca, Televisa and Cadena Tres. You can also follow the conversation on social media at @INEMéxico. 

Political Party Representatives Debate - Honduras 2017, part 2

Political Party Representatives Debate - Honduras 2017, part 2

Political Party Debate Promo - Honduras 2017

Political Party Debate Promo - Honduras 2017

Political Party Representatives Debate - Honduras 2017

Debate with political party representatives in Honduras ahead of presidential elections in November 2017. 

Somaliland Presidential Election Debate

Inspire Group (IG) is organizing and hosting the first ever Somaliland Presidential Election Debate (SPED). The Debate is a platform that will provide the best possible information to voters - hopefully enabling them to better evaluate the standing candidates of Somaliland’s Presidential elections scheduled on 13th November 2017.

The debate will be seen, both domestically and internationally, as a significant milestone for a healthy and mature democracy in Somaliland. People often view debates as an indication of an open, transparent election process where all candidates can present their policies and plans for the country. Voters are also able to see issues they are concerned about addressed by candidates during debates and hold them to account for past actions. These factors can contribute to the overall legitimacy of the election process and its credibility.

The first presidential debate will take place October 18, 2017, at Mansoor Hall, Hargeisa, Somaliland. The format for the 135-minute debate is as follows: · The debate will focus on three parts domestic policy, socioeconomic policy and foreign policy, each part will be divided into six-time segments of approximately 7.5 minutes each on topics. The moderator will open each segment with one question and panelists will add up two follow-up questions, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.

The moderator will use the balance of the time (45 MINUTES) in each topic. The Debate will run from 7:00-10:30 p.m. In East Africa Time. The moderator will have the ability both to extend the segments and to ensure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur.

All three official presidential candidates certified and authorized by the Somaliland National Election Commision will participate the Debate.  The three candidates are Faisal Ali Waraabe from Justice and Welfare party, (UCID), Muse Bihi Abdi from The Peace, Unity and Development Party (Kulmiye) and Abdirahman M. Abdulahi Cirro from Somaliland National Party (Waddani)

Candidate Faisal Ali Waraabe , speaking during the candidate authorizing event said, “It’s a great honour for me to be awarded this certificate for the third time, I would like to urge fellow citizens to elect whoever they deem fit to hold office .

Candidate Muse Bihi Abdi addressing same event said, “We, the three contenders should understand that, only one contenders shall emerge the winners after the upcoming elections so I urge my fellow contenders to support whoever wins. He further added that the electorate should conduct its self in good manners during both the campaign and elections period.

Candidate Abdurrahman Mohamed Abdullah “Cirro” speaking during the events stated that his party would accept the results once declared but I would also like to urge the Somaliland national electoral commission to conduct the elections process in a fair and free manner.

On 13th of November citizens of Somaliland head to the polls to elect their fifth President since it regains its independence from Somalia. This election is the fifth direct vote in Somaliland since 1991 and Somaliland has stood out as a success story.

Media partners are Horn Cable TV, Universal TV, Somaliland National Television, Somaliland journalist Association SOLJA, Somaliland Broadcasting Association, Radio Hargeisa and The Review-Somaliland. The event will also be livestreamed on the Inspire Group's Facebook page.



Inspire Group's mission is to assist in the strengthening and growth of the democratic process by encouraging and supporting the dissemination and discussion of political views in an open and unbiased manner so as to enable the Somaliland Elections to make informed decisions for voting. Inspire Group is of the view that by staging and widely distributing national political debates it will encourage political parties and the public to identify and focus on the issues of national importance.

To meet its ongoing goal of educating voters, the Inspire Group is engaged in various activities beyond producing and sponsoring the presidential debates. Its staff prepares educational materials and conducts research to improve the quality of debates.


The staging of debates between Somaliland political parties is the Inspire Groups primary reason for being.

SINE QUA NON OF SUCCESS - Without the unreserved confidence of the contesting political parties in the Inspire Group’s constant impartiality, Inspire Group would fail in the pursuit of its object. In order to preserve this confidence, it is imperative that at all times appearances should project and reflect the reality of non-partisanship.


In letter and spirit. Inspire Group will, in relation to any Somaliland political party, refrain from:

  • Being a member.
  • Providing support (in any capacity) on a public platform for any party or candidate
  • Making, facilitating, or allowing to be made, any public statement for or against any party or candidate.
  • Making personal contributions to the funding of any party or candidate.
  • Attending any of its fund raising events or that of any of its candidates.
  • Participating in the design of any party’s or candidate’s campaign.
  • Authoring, editing, and contributing to scripts of announcements, pronouncements, manifestos or policies.
  • Offering, extending, promising or arranging for any preference or advantage over any other party or candidate.
  • Discriminating in favour of or against any party or candidate.
  • Being a candidate for election.
  • Disclosing their own voting intentions or on how they voted in the past.
  • Making public comment on (a) any matter likely to affect voting outcome and (b) the likely outcome of voting, after the election date has been announced.


Liberia Presidential Debate 2017

Video courtesy of Liberia Elections.

Debate Programatico Peru 2011

Debate Programatico Peru 2011

National Candidate Debate Nepal 2013

Nigeria Vice Presidential Debate 2015

Video courtesy of the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG).

Nigeria Presidential Debate 2015, part 2

Video courtesy of the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG).


Nigeria Presidential Debate 2015

Video courtesy of the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG).

History of Presidential Debates in Mexico

Video courtesy of the Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) in Mexico.

Senior Party Leadership Debate Cambodia 2017, Part 2

Senior Party Leadership Debate Cambodia 2017, Part 2

Women's National Roundtable Debate Cambodia 2017, Part 2

Women's National Roundtable Debate Cambodia 2017, Part 2 

Women's National Roundtable Debate Cambodia 2017

Senior Party Leadership Debate Cambodia 2017

Provincial Candidate Debates in Cambodia 2017

Presidential Debates in Kenya

On July 10 and 24, several media organizations will organize presidential debates in Kenya in preparation for general elections in August, 2017. A debate for vice presidential candidates will also take place on July 17. All debates will be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and aired at 7:30pm local time on several radio and television stations. For more information, please visit the Daily Nation. 

Local Candidate Debates in Pokhara and Kathmandu, Nepal

Nine deputy-mayors and seven mayoral candidates from six political parties took part and were asked questions on important issues relating, among other things, to local infrastructure, tourism, pollution, and waste management, in their municipalities.

Presidential Debate in Kenya

Presidential Debate in Kenya

Parliamentary Debate in Curaçao

The Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA) has invited 13 political party leaders to take part in a parliamentary debate on September 20 to be broadcast live at 9:00 pm on Tele Korsou.  For more information, please visit CIFA's website.

Presidential Debate Promo in Cambodia

Presidential Debate Promo in Cambodia

Presidential Debate in the Dominican Republic

Debate Presidencial en Republica Dominicana organizado por la Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios (ANJE)

Parliamentary Debate in Serbia 2016

April 20, 2016 Parliamentary Debate in Serbia

Parliamentary Debate in Serbia 2016

April 19, 2016 Parliamentary Debate in Serbia

Presidential Debate in the Dominican Republic

On April 18, the National Association of Young Businessmen (Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios, ANJE) organized the first presidential debate in the country. 

Local Government Debates in Guyana

In Georgetown, Guyana, on March 13, 14, and 15 at 7:00 p.m. respectively the non-profit organization Merundoi will host a series of  constituency debates in advance of the March 18 local government elections.  The debates will be streamed live on the internet at and more information can be found at


Presidential Debate in Peru

On Sunday, April 3, at 8:00pm the National Elections Jury (Jurado Nacional de Elecciones,JNE), IDEA International and the Consortium of Economic and Social Investigation (Consorcio de investigación Económica y Social, CIES)  will host a presidential debate in Lima in preparation for the April 10 general elections in Peru. 

Haiti Presidential Debates, 2015

The third Presidential debate was hosted by Le Groupe d'Intervention en Affaires Publiques (GIAP)

Haiti Presidential Debates, 2015

The second Presidential debate on October 15, 2015 was hosted by Le Groupe d'Intervention en Affaires Publiques (GIAP)

Haiti Presidential Debates, 2015

The first Presidential debate on October 6, 2015 was hosted by Le Groupe d'Intervention en Affaires Publiques (GIAP)

Haiti Presidential Debates, October 22, 2015

The fourth Presidential debate on October 22, 2015 was hosted by Le Groupe d'Intervention en Affaires Publiques (GIAP)

Nigeria Elections Debate Group Town Hall Meeting 2015 Ad

Nigeria Elections Debate Group Town Hall Meeting 2015

Presidential Debate in Argentina

On Sunday, November 15, at 9:00pm Argentina Debate will host the run-off presidential debate in preparation for the November 22 elections. The debate between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macri will be broadcasted on Argentine media outlets and streamed at

Cartagena, Colombia Mayoral Debate 2015

Debate with candidates for the position of City Mayor of Cartagena.

Malawi Presidential Debate 2014

Argentina's Presidential Debate

On Sunday, October 4, at 9:00pm Argentina Debate will host the country's first live broadcast presidential debate at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in advance of the October 25 elections. The debate can be viewed on Argentine media outlets or streaming at 

Mayoral Debate in Cartagena, Colombia

The Civic-Social Pro Cartagena Foundation (Fundacion Civico Social Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR) will hold a debate for mayoral candidates in Cartagena, Colombia on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30pm. The debate can be live streamed at


Presidential Debate in Guatemala

The Association of Managers in Guatemala (Asociacion de Gerentes de Guatemala, AGG) will hold a debate for presidential candidates in Guatemala City on Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00pm, Guatemala Time. The top candidates for the September 6th elections will debate the current and future political state of the country. The debate will be streamed live at


Pourquoi participer aux debats

Vidéo de Caroline Calderon, directeur exécutif de la Fondation Civic-Sociale Pro Cartagena et Caraïbes (Fundación Cívico sociale Pro Cartagena y Región Caribe, FUNCICAR) sur l’importance de la participation des partis et candidats à des débats, et la façon d'utiliser cette connaissance pour la formation des candidats.

2012 Presidential Debate Moderators

Journalists who had been selected as moderators of the 2012 presidential debates talked about the debates, and the impact the debates had on the 2012 election. Among the issues they addressed were the role of the moderator, the purpose of the presidential debate, and the varying debate formats employed over the course of the election.

NEDG Presidential Debate 2nd Session

Broadcast from Nigerian Television Authority, Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria Debate Group (NEDG) Meets Political Parties in Nigeria

National Candidate Debate in Nepal

 Candidates for Member of Parliament for the Constitutent Assembly/Parliament

Second EU presidential debate live on Euronews

The Second European Union presidential debate was broadcast live on Thursday, May 15 from 21:00 to 22:30 [CET - Brussels time], among candidates Ska Keller, Alexis Tsipras, Guy Verhofstadt, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Martin Schulz. The debate was available in 13 languages through Euronews' worldwide TV network (covering 415 million homes in 156 countries) and streamed live on Languages include Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. For 90 minutes the top five candidates seeking the Commission presidency faced questions from RAI anchor Monica Maggioni.

FUNCICAR/CDPB organizes debate for Congressional candidates

The Civic Social Foundation for Cartagena (Fundación Cívico Social Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR) and the Political Debate Commission of Bolivar (Comisión de Debates Políticos de Bolivar, CDPB) helped voters cast informed ballots in advance of Colombia’s March 9 legislative elections.  FUNCICAR/CDPB held a February 27 debate for congressional candidates from Bolivar state.  With some 60 candidates running, the CDPB asked each political party to name one debater to represent them. The CDPB drew on the expert analysis of journalists, opinion-makers, academics, business associations, and good government watchdogs to analyze and inform voters on candidate policy platforms and the election process itself through the program, Hablemos lo nuestro (“Let’s talk about our concerns"), which was promoted via the press, radio, TV and social media, including the regular FUNCICAR update on YouTube.  In partnership with other leading civic organizations and a journalist association, FUNCICAR/CDPB is also exploring organizing presidential debates for the May elections.

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Costa Rican Electoral Tribunal Organizes Presidential Debate

The Costa Rican Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, TSE) organized a debate among 13 candidates for the presidency in two parts based on the ordering of candidates on the ballot--the first six on Sunday, January 5, 2014 and the final seven on Monday, January 6. The elections are set for Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Local government debates in Moldova

A series of debates for local government offices were organized in Moldova from May 20 to June 3, 2011 by the National Assistance and Information Center for NGOs in Moldova (CONTACT Center) under the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections in Moldova “Coalition 2009." Approximately 3,000 citizens from 25 localities participated in the debates. For more information about the effort, see this website.

Trinidad and Tobago 2013 local government election debates

The Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission (TTDC) invited the Senior Party Representatives and Leaders of the political parties contesting the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Local Government Elections to participate in: “2013 Local Government Elections Debates”. The two debates to be held in the lead up to the 2013 Local Government Elections (the Senior Party Representatives’ Debate and the Leaders’ Debates) are carded for live broadcast on Thursday 10 October and Tuesday 15 October 2013 respectively. The main themes for the Debates will be ‘Local Government Reform’ and ‘Local Government Representation’.

Maldives September 2, 2013 Presidential Debate

State broadcaster Television Maldives on Sunday, September 2, 2013 aired a live question and answer session with the four candidates contesting the September 7 presidential election.

Cartagena, Colombia Mayoral Debate

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

Argentine Legislature Pre-Candidate Google Hangout Debate

For the first time in Argentina, a set of economist candidates for the legislature discussed contemporary issues in a Google Hangout, a novel tool to organize and transmit virtual debates live via the internet. Convened by the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento, CIPPEC), hopeful lawmakers presented their analyses and proposals related to the national economy. The hangout was held on July 29, 2013 at 7pm Argentina time.

Anambra, Nigeria State Governor Debates

The Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) organized the Anambra State Governorship Debates on October 29, October 31, and November 1, 2013 in Awka, the Anambra State capital. Between seven and nine candidates participated in each of the initial sessions, and all four invited candidates for governor participated in the final session. An NEDG opinion poll from early October concluded that 92% of the citizens welcomed the debates. Additional videos of the debates can be accessed here.

Cartagena, Colombia Mayoral Debate

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 of Cartagena on Wednesday, July 3, at 7:00pm Cartagena time.

You can tune in via the following links:


Visitors from 17 countries will come together in Washington, D.C., next week to discuss methods and challenges in organizing candidate debates.

The June 17-19 event, cosponsored by NDI and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), will take place at NDI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Participants — who hail from Afghanistan, Argentina, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia — will focus on best practices in organizing debates. Topics will include: negotiations with candidates, the role of the moderator, producing debates for TV and radio, and building regional debate networks. Participants will also share their own experiences and the hurdles they have faced putting on debates. The program will include discussions with Bob Schieffer, CBS chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face the Nation, and Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS, both of whom have moderated presidential debates in the United States.

This is second international debate symposium put on by NDI and CPD. The first was held in Washington in 2009. Last October, NDI and CPD brought visitors from more than 10 countries to the presidential debate at Hofstra University where they could witness the process firsthand.


The first televised Presidential debate in the United States on September 26, 1960

Ghana Presidential Debate 2012