The DKI 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 Election Observation Mission (EOM) Department only conducts international and bureaucratic EOMs.
We want our EOMs to be as less committed to the outcome of the elections as possible because the more commitment to the electoral result means the more chances of election intervention. Our EOM teams involve international observers to conduct better observations during elections. 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 main purpose of the EOM is to observe the administrative and bureaucratic measures of electoral processes. At the DKI, 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 to perform research and draft policy recommendations on how to improve the election observation practices of the state where the EOM is conducted.
We work closely with a wide array of stakeholders in order to improve administrative and bureaucratic practices in African and Asian states. These practices are to empower the 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.