CPA UK conducted an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) to observe the UK General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017. The EAM observed the election day procedures and met with candidates, returning officers, electoral officials and staff, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders across eight constituencies during the period 3-8 June 2017.
The EAM was composed of 32 parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth.
A genuine, democratic election is a critical element of the democratic process that provides voters with an informed choice between political alternatives. It must take place in an environment of political pluralism, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, adherence to the rule of law, a level-playing field for political contestants, public confidence in the process, transparency and accountability. A genuine democratic election also provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to express their political voice in competition with their opponents without resort to violence and enables the peaceful transfer of political power.
Credible election observation involves a comprehensive, independent and impartial assessment of an electoral process to evaluate the extent to which it complies with international obligations, commitments and standards for democratic elections. Through this, election observation can promote transparency and accountability, deter fraud and enhance public confidence and participation in the electoral process. This in turn can strengthen democratic institutions and reduce the potential for election-related violence, contributing to ensuring peace and stability.
CPA UK’s EOMs vs EAMs What is the difference?
CPA UK defines an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) as a very short mission comprising less than a week of deployment, covering election day and only one or two days before and after. An EAM will only examine the administration of election day as opposed to the entire election period. An Election Observation Mission (EOM), on the other hand, will observe the entire election process.
CPA UK conducts EAMs as part of its parliamentary strengthing programmes, to enhance the skills and capacity of parliamentarians as election observers.
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