CIPE-IACE Tool To Compare Political Party Platforms Could Serve As Model For Developing Countries’ Efforts To Promote Democracy, Strong Economy

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Tunisian citizens now have a tool to compare political parties side-by-side and make informed decisions in the country’s legislative and presidential elections. This CIPE-IACE tool could serve as a model for other countries seeking to build democracy and their economy.

Center For International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The tool helps citizens make informed decisions about their democracy and the economy,” Sullivan said. “This is a model that could be used in other countries. Citizens need to be informed to keep government accountable and to make democracy work.

Tunisian citizens now have a tool that compares each political party’s platform and tracks whether politicians and other public officials are following through on their promises for economic reform, John D. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) said today.

CIPE’s Tunisian partner, Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises (IACE), or the Arab Institute of Business Leaders, developed the platform comparison tool, La Comparateur, to help Tunisian citizens compare political parties side-by-side and make informed decisions in the country’s legislative and presidential elections.

“The tool helps citizens make informed decisions about their democracy and the economy,” Sullivan said. “This is a model that could be used in other countries. Citizens need to be informed to keep government accountable and to make democracy work.”

The tool brings together content from parties’ official publications, as well as party members’ comments at IACE-hosted roundtables on economic priorities. The tool is hosted on IACE’s watchdog site Al Kanas (‘The Sniper’).

“This effort was in cooperation with CIPE, modeled after what’s been done in the U.S. It is designed to help citizens and interested parties to compare platforms side-by-side and eventually, to assess whether the winning party delivers on its promises,” IACE Executive Director Majdi Hassen said.

The tool allows users to compare parties’ economic platforms across the board and also on specific issues, such as employment, regional development, and investment. It is based on similar interactive tools available to American voters.

The platform can also help voters make informed decisions for the upcoming presidential elections, as well as hold elected officials and ruling coalitions accountable for their campaign promises.

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