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Election Observers
ROLE OF ELECTION OBSERVERS

Members of the observer team undertake a range of activities, including monitoring the media and election campaigns, reviewing the election law, the constitution and commitments the country is signed on to, in detail. They also examine the election machinery from polling clerks to the administrator as well as observe training. The team generally attempts to meet all the key stakeholders and party political activists. They attend party rallies, meet candidates, civil society organisations, academics, etc.. The observer team usually holds press conferences at the start and end of their visits, and at the end of the mission, the team prepares a report that is available to the public.

OBSERVATION REMIT

The Mission will observe the following aspects of the Election:

Political campaign:

  • Freedom; freedom of information, expression, speech, movement and association
  • Campaign activities
  • Wider political context
  • Resources
  • Time
  • Media involvement and monitoring
  • Finance

Electoral framework/administration:

  • Election Law
  • Other legislation
  • Implementation
  • Complaints and appeals process
  • Administrative structure
  • Other stakeholders involvement
  • Resources

Voter and Candidate registration:

  • Criteria
  • Systems and procedures
  • Accuracy
  • Inclusivity
  • Equality

Voter education:

  • Access and availability

Polling:

  • The ballot – design and security

The count:

  • Processes and Procedures
  • Tabulation
  • Post-election complaints and appeals
Key
PDM = People's Democratic Movement; PDA = Progressive Democratic Alliance; PNP = Progressive National Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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