European Union Election Observation Mission Jordan, 2016

What about our findings?

17/09/2016 - 22:10
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EU observers do not interfere in the electoral process. That’s why all the EU Election Observation Missions always present their findings after the Election Day. The EU EOM to Jordan makes no exception. The preliminary statement of the EU EOM Mission to Jordan - our first public assessment - will be issued at a press conference on 22 September at 11:00 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Amman.

The preliminary statement, a public document, will be posted on this website and distributed to the media. Everyone will be able to read it and to download it. The preliminary statement will be issued in English, but there will be also an unofficial Arabic translation.

It’s a document addressed to election stakeholders in Jordan (authorities, candidates, political parties, civil society, journalists and voters) as well as to the international community. The EU EOM has been invited to Amman by the Jordanian Independent Election Commission and considers its Jordanian interlocutors as partners.

An election is not a one-day event, but a process encompassing various stages, including approval of a legal framework, establishment of election management bodies, registration of voters, registration of candidates, campaign, voting, counting, tabulation and the handling of complaints and appeals.

The preliminary statement will touch upon all these aspects, but it’s not the final assessment of the EU EOM Jordan. The Mission will stay in the country for at least three more weeks, and it will continue its observation of post-election developments.

It’s important to stress that all the EU Election Observation Missions report on the honesty, accuracy, transparency and timely delivery of election results only. In other words, we are interested in the process, not in the political outcome of the election.

EU election observers are obliged to be strictly impartial and not to show bias towards any party or candidate. They will only base their findings on credible information, and they indicate their sources, being - at the same time - mindful of a potential need of a measure of discretion for the latter.

The assessment work of EU Election Observation Mission is undertaken through the direct observation of electoral events by EU observers deployed across Jordan and through information obtained from relevant documents and meetings with national and regional election stakeholders.

The preliminary statement outlines the EU EOM’s preliminary findings and conclusions and the extent to which the mission considers the election has so far been conducted in line with international and regional standards for elections, as well as with Jordanian laws. Reporting pays attention both to improvements achieved and to the possible need for further improvements.

The final report contains the EU EOM’s overall assessment of the election and is normally issued within two months of the completion of the electoral process. As with the preliminary statement, the final report is a public document.

The final report will offer recommendations to the Jordanian authorities for their consideration, aiming for possible future improvements.

The recommendations highlight where action is needed to address issues that have been identified by the observers during the election process. The aim is improving the integrity and effectiveness of future electoral processes, because no election is perfect.