European Council on International Relations

       WORLD ELECTIONS MONITORS ORGANIZATION                            PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

The purpose of the International Election Monitors Institute (IEMI) is to provide former legislators as election observers to operate worldwide in collaboration with other democracy-building organizations. To this end, IEMI will recruit and train former legislators of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, the Association of Former Members of the European Parliament and the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. In addition, IEMI will involve former legislators in other democracy-building endeavours, especially those related to strengthening legislative institutions, and employ its resources to assist in the establishment and training of national observer groups including political party scrutineers.

Since the third wave of democratization began in 1974, more than 60 countries in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa have begun transitions from authoritarian regimes to some form of democracy. With this historic move towards democratization and the disappearance of the East-West conflict, more and more states adopting democratic procedures and rules have come to regard the certification or validation of their election results by a trained, objective, independent and authoritative election mission as not only highly desirable but also, in many cases, absolutely vital.

As experience has been gained in election observation by participating states and organizations, increasing emphasis is being placed upon the assessment of pre-election circumstances and environment, and post-election follow-up on governance needs identified during the electoral period. Further, there has been a marked trend away from bilateral missions to multilateral missions.

The project arose out of a series of joint election-monitoring missions carried out by joint teams of former Canadian parliamentarians, former European MEPs and former US Members of Congress at the time of the Ukraine presidential elections in 2004, and was supported by a multi-year contribution from the Canadian International Development Agency. 

The Institute has a twelve-member Board of Directors, four each from Europe, the United States and Canada. Presidency of the Institute will rotate among the partners at two-year intervals.

The purpose of the World Election Monitors Organization (WEMO) is to provide parliamentarians and diplomats as election observers to operate worldwide in collaboration with other democracy-building organizations. To this end, IEMO is recruiting and training parliamentarians and diplomats from across the globe.

WEMO will involve legislators in other democracy-building endeavours, especially those related to strengthening legislative institutions, and employ its resources to assist in the establishment and training of national observer groups including political party scrutineers.

 Since the third wave of democratization began in 1974, more than 60 countries in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa have begun transitions from authoritarian regimes to some form of democracy. With this historic move towards democratization and the disappearance of the East-West conflict, more and more states adopting democratic procedures and rules have come to regard the certification or validation of their election results by a trained, objective, independent and authoritative election mission as not only highly desirable but also, in many cases, absolutely vital.

As experience has been gained in election observation by participating states and organizations, increasing emphasis is being placed upon the assessment of pre-election circumstances and environment, and post-election follow-up on governance needs identified during the electoral period.

Since its inception, WEMO has developed a standard international election monitoring curriculum and an online refresher, trained a cadre of 70 former legislators, and participated in many election monitoring missions, including in Afghanistan, Belarus, Burundi, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Tunisia. 


Since the third wave of democratization began in 1974, more than 60 countries in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa have begun transitions from authoritarian regimes to some form of democracy. With this historic move towards democratization and the disappearance of the East-West conflict, more and more states adopting democratic procedures and rules have come to regard the certification or validation of their election results by a trained, objective, independent and authoritative election mission as not only highly desirable but also, in many cases, absolutely vital.

As experience has been gained in election observation by participating states and organizations, increasing emphasis is being placed upon the assessment of pre-election circumstances and environment, and post-election follow-up on governance needs identified during the electoral period. Further, there has been a marked trend away from bilateral missions to multilateral missions.

The project arose out of a series of joint election-monitoring missions carried out by joint teams of former Canadian parliamentarians, former European MEPs and former US Members of Congress at the time of the Ukraine presidential elections in 2004, and was supported by a multi-year contribution from the Canadian International Development Agency. 

The Institute has a twelve-member Board of Directors, four each from Europe, the United States and Canada. Presidency of the Institute will rotate among the partners at two-year intervals.

Since its inception, IEMI has developed a standard international election monitoring curriculum and an online refresher, trained a cadre of 70 former legislators, and participated in many election monitoring missions, including in Afghanistan, Belarus, Burundi, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Tunisia.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea - President of European Council on International Relations presenting the Final Report on Kazakhstan Presidential Election on 12 April 2011 in a duplex ceremony in Bucharest and Brussels.

 

 

 

 

The World Elections Monitors Organization is a leading global actor in providing technical electoral assistance and expertise complementary to election observation. This dual form of World Elections Monitors Organization support constitutes a significant contribution to the promotion of governance and development objectives.

 

With these objectives in mind, the World Elections Monitors Organization has become a leading force in international election observation.

 

Since 2006 over 12 World Elections Monitors Organization teams have been deployed to all continents , following a long-term observation methodology to assess election processes according to international standards and best practices for genuine democratic elections


 

In addition to election observation, the World Elections Monitors Organization is engaged in election assistance, which provides technical or informational support to electoral processes.

 

 

 


 

 

The purpose of World Elections Monitors Organization election observation missions (IEOMs) is to assist partner countries in holding elections of a high standard. In this context, the World Elections Monitors Organization conducts a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process and provides an impartial and informed assessment of the elections to strengthen the confidence of voters to participate freely

 

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.Its fundamental principles are full coverage, impartiality, transparency and professionalism. Election observation gives the opportunity to assess an electoral process according to international standards. 

 

 

 

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 legitimisation 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.