Friday 28 April 2017
A General Election will be held in the UK on Thursday 8 June 2017. The election will take place in all 650 constituencies of the United Kingdom. CPA UK will conduct an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) of the UK General Election across eight constituencies during the period Saturday 3 June – Saturday 10 June 2017. Each of the eight constituencies will be the subject of an election assessment to consider the conduct of the electoral process, and make recommendations for improvement.
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.