Statement on Promoting Long Term Elections Observation in the Region with a focus on Voter Registration

Competitive and periodic elections are central to democracy and constitute a critical index of popular empowerment. They provide a mechanism of orderly political succession in a democracy, and very significantly too, serve to confer legitimacy on those who govern. Therefore, election observers can make a significant contribution in this process. Election observation increasingly looks at the entire electoral process over a longer period of time, rather than at election-day proceedings only considering that elections are composed of a number of integrated building blocks, with different stakeholders interacting and influencing each other. Electoral components and stakeholders do not stand alone. They are interdependent, and therefore the breakdown of one aspect can negatively impact on every other and consequently on the credibility of the election itself.
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