Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates

EU electoral observation background

05/10/2021 - 10:33

EU election observation background

The EU has a consolidated election observation methodology. The observers do not interfere with the electoral process and do not have the authority to change or correct any anomaly they may find. All EU observers are subject to a strict code of conduct and ethical directives that guarantee neutrality and impartiality.  

The EU EOM operates according to the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation” adopted in 2005 by the United Nations and by a series of international organizations that take part in election observation.

The main objectives of the EU election observation is:

  • Support the democratic process in countries with which the EU maintains relations.
  • Improve the public`s trust in the electoral process.
  • Strengthen the respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The EU EOM will present a preliminary statement within 48 hours after the election day. One or two months after the elections take place, a final report with recommendations for future electoral processes with be presented.

The EU EOM employs the following criteria during its assessment of an electoral process:

  • The degree to which political parties and the candidates can associate/assemble and express their opinions.
  • The degree of impartiality shown by the National Electoral Council.
  • The degree to which the electoral campaign is open and balanced.
  • The political parties and candidates’ ability to access public and private media.
  • Any barriers/limits to the right to vote.
  • The vote counting and announcement of the results.
  • Any other issues related to the democratic nature of elections, such as campaign context and legal framework.
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