Promise due dates explained

Is a promise without a due date still a promise? We believe so.

This is how we deal with due dates and time references when adding promises to the database:

Where a mayor doesn’t specify a due date in a promise and gives no indication of the time frame, we assign the end of the five-year term as the due date for the promise.

Where nonspecific time references are used, we assign due dates as follows:

  • Immediately, almost immediately, in the near future, in the coming weeks or soon – three months from the promise date
  • In the coming months – six months from the promise date

A brief guide to promise outcomes

When we track a promise, we assign one of four ratings:


The promise is fulfilled by the due date.

Kept in part 

The promise is either partially fulfilled (at least 75% in cases where progress can be quantified) or completely fulfilled but after the due date.


Where progress can be quantified, less than 75% has been achieved by the due date.

Note: There are cases where progress is not taken into account because it’s an all-or-nothing promise. An example would be the eradication of the bucket system: you have either reached zero by the due date as promised or you haven’t.

In progress

This rating is used when work on a promise has started but the due date has not yet arrived.

It is also used when a mayor has made progress on a promise but their term was cut short before the promise due date.

Note that the status of a promise might change as new information becomes available or as promises become due.

This guide was last updated on 03/11/2022.