INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION
Genuine and legitimate democratic elections are a key pillar of sustainable peace, security and stability. It is the free expression of sovereignty that belongs to the people of a country, and which provides the physical foundation of government legitimacy. Put differently, democratic and genuine elections are the vehicle through which the people of a country can freely express their interests, based on principles that establish who shall have the mandate and legitimacy to represent them. Therefore, international election observation has the capacity to reinforce the uprightness and integrity of an election process, by assessing and exposing possible irregularities and by also proving recommendations and best practices. This is done while also taking into consideration the political, historical and cultural context in which it takes places.
Building on this understanding and recognizing the interest in an objective, impartial and professional way, BIC works globally, focusing primarily on the african and mena regions, to advance and promote public confidence, respect for human rights and rule of law. Always respectful of national sovereignty, BIC’s electoral observation missions are only deployed following an explicit invitation from the host country election authorities. In this way, BIC contributes to particular electoral processes through comprehensive, systematic, accurate and impartial reports, which constructively aim to further compliance with national laws and relevant international treaties, such as the universal declaration of Human Rights and the international covenant for civil and political rights. The electoral cycle identifies the key stages and components in an electoral process as well as the three main periods: the pre-election preparatory period, the operational election period and the strategic post-election period. Moreover, clearly identifiable roles and responsibilities for different mission members is a key for the success of an electoral observation mission.
The ultimate goal of BIC’s election observation activities is to assist in assessing to which extent electoral processes around the mena\african regions complies with international standards for democratic elections, while also analyzing whether a country’s national legislation adhere to these commitments.