The overarching goal of election observation is to support efforts to strengthen
democratic processes and institutions and to support the conduct of elections that meet
international standards, are peaceful, and have credible results.
It is good to note that monitors do not directly prevent electoral fraud, but rather record and report such instances.
Election observation increasingly looks at the entire electoral process over a longer period of time,
rather than at election-day proceedings only.
Magnitude of Election Monitoring:
• Strengthening the Electoral process - by providing an independent assessment of
election preparations, capabilities, and fairness; observers offer assurances to all sides
that fraud will be detected. Their presence also increases voters' confidence that they can
safely and secretly cast their ballots and that vote tabulation will be conducted without tampering.
• Monitoring can assist democratic consolidation by instilling domestic and international
legitimacy. Peaceful elections may also promote reconciliation between former political adversaries.
• Monitoring can enhance the credibility and legitimacy of elections, thereby helping to reduce electoral violence. It can help maintain a working peace agreement because losers lack the ability to shout "fraud!" and disrupt a country's democratization.