Observing elections to improve democracy
Our mission is to improve the quality of democratic elections, by advising those who administer and oversee elections, to enhance them for the benefit of voters.
We aim to do this by attending elections and empirically reporting statistics that support this objective through a strong methodology, based on the international standards for election observation as set out by OSCE/ODIHR and others.
We maintain strict impartiality and require our observers to abide by UK and international standards, as well as the relevant local legal framework, when acting as our observers. Our observers sign a formal Code of Conduct, based on that issued by the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) requiring their strict impartiality in the elections and referendums they observe. Democracy Volunteers is a signatory to the Declaration of Global Principles for Non-Partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organisations.
We aim to report on our observations in a constructive and encouraging way to benefit the delivery of democracy and to benefit the electorate as a whole.