"Non-partisan observation and monitoring of elections by citizen organizations is part of participating in public affairs, which “relates to legislative, executive and administrative powers” and “covers all aspects of public administration, and the formulation and implementation of policy….”(UNHRC General Comment 25, paragraph 5.) Non-partisan election observation and monitoring by citizen organizations exercises the right of association that is central to the functioning of nongovernmental organizations, as well as the right to seek, receive and impart information that is vital to transparency and is included in the freedom of expression protected by articles 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ICCPR."
DocumentUN: Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and and Code of Conduct for Nonpartisan Citizen Election Observers and Monitors, pp. 1-2
- Everyone has the right to association.
- Everyone has the right to participate in the public affairs of his/her country.
- The participation of observers, citizen and international, may enhance all aspects of the electoral process.
- National law should not unjustifiably restrict the ability of any person to join an NGO.