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Election Observer Missions

Election Observer Missions

As part of its commitment to strengthening democracy and good governance, CPA UK regularly, in its role as secretariat for CPA's British Islands and Mediterranean Region, carries out and supports election missions across the Commonwealth.

Since 2010, CPA UK has organised short-term Election Observer Missions (EOM) and Election Assessment Missions (EAM), and has supported a number of organisations in sourcing observers to participate in missions across the Commonwealth.

CPA UK is a signatory to the Declaration of Principles of International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers, signed at the UN in 2005.

CPA UK is committed to ensuring a professional approach based on observation of all aspects of the electoral process in accordance with international obligations, commitments and standards for democratic elections.

Election observance expresses the Commonwealth's interest and concern in promoting democratic elections within its wider policy of support for democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

As part of its work, CPA UK has devised a comprehensive bespoke handbook on carrying out Election Observer Missions, setting out examples of good practice. You can download it here.

What CPA UK/BIMR can offer

1. Parliamentarians

CPA UK utilises networks and partnerships cultivated across and beyond the Commonwealth to assist in running its missions. As a parliamentary organisation, CPA UK brings together experienced parliamentarians, specialist NGOs and other related professionals to conduct high quality and comprehensive EOMs.

The participation of parliamentarians as observers is a key asset CPA UK brings to EOMs. Parliamentarians can offer credibility and visibility to missions. CPA UK sources parliamentarians from a cross-section of political and parliamentary backgrounds, all with some degree of election experience. This diversity and knowledge engenders a balanced and objective approach. Associated training, briefings and participation assists observers' professional development.

For elections in the Caribbean, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, observers are mainly sought from the CPA's British Islands and Mediterranean, Caribbean and Americas regions. Observers from legislatures of a similar size to the election setting provide relevant perspective and understanding.

2. Organisational efficiency

CPA UK has a successful record of planning and deploying EOMs, usually within relatively short timescales. Its secretariat of trained and experienced staff provide first-class management and organisational support throughout EOM projects.

3. Comprehensive and compact missions

CPA UK has developed its customised methodology, incorporating international standards, good practice and codes of conduct into smaller, short-term missions in keeping with the size of the electorate. CPA UK EOMs frequently take place in territories with fewer than 30,000 voters, however they observe all aspects of the election process. Missions usually have a relatively short in-country duration.

Recent Missions

This is a list of final EOM and EAM reports from all of CPA UK's recent missions.

Mission outcomes

  • Anguilla has created an Electoral Commission to look into the recommendations made in the final report regarding issues including boundary changes.
  • In Anguilla, reform proposals have been published, including a Draft New Elections Bill and a Draft New Electoral Boundaries Commission Bill
  • In Cayman Islands the Legislative Assembly voted to reform the electoral system to have one-member-one-vote with 19 constituencies in time for the 2017 elections.

CPA UK is always keen to support countries and territories in organising missions. If you would like further information, or would like to work with us on a future mission, please contact us on cpauk@parliament.uk 

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