European Council on International Relations-EUCIR parliamentary team of observers for the Cambodian elections, scheduled for July 29, began working.
The mission is part of a global effort of monitoring by World Election Monitors Organization (WEMO) and is appreciated, according to NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIAstatements that 50.000 national and international observers will be taken part.
The global mission started his activities on July4th with a press conference and an exposé of targets and objectives.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Head of International Observers Team for Cambodia 2018 Elections, launched the mission at a press conference on 4 July, stressing the importance of Cambodia’s parliamentary elections for the country’s stability.
On this occasion the official launch of the website of Election Observation Mission for Cambodia has taken place.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea explained all that World Elections Monitors Organization (WEMO) Observation Missions use a common methodology underpinned by the principles of impartiality, objectivity, independence and non-interference. ‘’International Election Observation Missions are responsible for their own conclusions and do not receive instructions neither from the European institutions nor by member states’ governments.’’.
The Head of International Observers Team for Cambodia 2018:
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea
The Head of International Observers Team detailed the long-term monitoring methodology.
The election observation mission for the Kingdom of Cambodia 2018 will cover the political campaign, pre-election preparations, election day – polling, counting and tabulation of results – and the complaints and appeals process as well as the announcement of results.
This will include a thorough analysis of the legal framework, the work of the election administration, campaign activities, the conduct of the media in covering the elections, and the mechanisms for electoral disputes.
The mission will meet election stakeholders, including government officials, election administration bodies, candidates and representatives from political parties, members of civil society and the media, the judiciary, amongst others.
Shortly after election day, the mission will issue a statement containing its preliminary findings.
A final report, including a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the electoral process and with possible recommendations for future elections, will be released several weeks later announced Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
Elections observers pose for a photo with the Head of International Electoral Observation Team- President Dr. Anton Caragea.
How do you make an observation mission?
Election observation gives the opportunity to assess an electoral process according to international standards. The members of World Electors Monitors Organization (WEMO) are leading global actors in providing technical electoral assistance complementary to election observation.
This dual form of election support constitutes a significant contribution to the promotion of governance and development objectives.
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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:
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What is an observation mission?
An observation mission assesses all aspects of the electoral process, its constitutional and legal framework, the delimitation of constituencies, the registration of voters and candidates, the training of election staff, voter education, media coverage, the campaign and the preparations for election day, as well as the appeals process.
On election day, observers visit pooling stations in order to observe the opening, voting, counting and aggregation of results.
What are the principles of an electoral monitoring mission?
Its fundamental principles are full coverage, impartiality, transparency and professionalism. Its ultimate objective is to become superfluous by entrenching democracy deep within each nation through the development of national capacities.
Its main goals are the legitimization of an electoral process, where appropriate, and the enhancement of public confidence in the electoral process to deter fraud, to strengthen respect for human rights, and to contribute to conflict resolution.
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EUCIR special monitoring procedures
Members of an Election Observation Mission 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.