The Dipendra Kandel Initiative is a Think Tank committed to the principles of international cooperation and non-interference; and it does not seek to influence the elections in any manner. Thus, the EOM Department only conducts International and bureaucratic EOMs.
Why International? We want our EOMs to be the less committed to the outcome of the elections as possible (the more commitment to the electoral result, the more chances of election intervention). Furthermore, we believe that elections are the powerhouse of democratic values, and we do not wish to retrieve voting rights from national citizens. Therefore, we make sure that our EOM teams are comprised of international professionals.
Why Bureaucratic? Many of the major stakeholders in the EOM field conduct diplomatic EOMs, and their assessment of the elections has an impact on the perception of the electoral result by the international community. As mentioned before, at the DKI EOM we abide by the international principle of non-interference, since we believe that countries sovereignty can only be legitimated by its own citizens, not external actors.
The purpose of the EOM Department is to observe the administrative and bureaucratic measures of electoral processes.
At the Dipendra Kandel Initiative, we believe that elections are the representation of a state’s bureaucratic practices. Therefore, the EOMs are a critical way of obtaining relevant data.
Such data is used in order to perform research and draft policy recommendations on how to improve the aforementioned practices of the state where the Election Observation Mission is conducted.
Besides, we work closely with a wide array of stakeholders (with whom EOMs conclusions are shared) in order to improve administrative and bureaucratic practices of African and Asian states.
These practices are key for nation empowerment, as they are the foundation of an effective governance system. Without optimizing the bureaucratic system, a government’s economic, social, and cultural policies cannot be properly implemented. Thus, our ultimate goal is to pursue governance development, and, in turn, citizen’s empowerment.