election observation is based on the principles of full coverage,
impartiality, transparency and professionalism. Its ultimate
objective is to become superfluous by entrenching democracy
deep within each nation through 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 the resolution of conflict."
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES:
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION on
Election Assistance and Observation
COM(2000), 191 final
Missions The observation of elections is an important component
of the EU's policy in promoting human rights and democratisation
throughout the world. The EU undertakes such activities on
the basis of partnership with the host country and with the
objective of developing national capacity. The EU has developed
a long term methodology for the conduct of its EOMs, in accordance
with good international practice. Each mission will, wherever
possible, consist of a Core Team, Long Term Observers (LTOs)
and Short Term Observers (STOs). The EOM will be led by the
Chief Observer, and the core team will comprise an election
and logistics component.