Geneva Institute for Election Monitoring (GIEM)
Election observation — a term tossed around too liberally these days — is used to detect and deter fraud, giving voters confidence in the integrity of their democracy. Geneva Institute of Election Monitoring serves as an impartial watchdog that can assess whether the results of an election reflect the will of the people. Its ethos is in keeping with the claim that monitoring is a prerequisite to truly democratic governance by providing political legitimacy for elected leaders and a foundation from which to govern. In simpler terms, it seeks to reduce the scope for non-democratic challenges to power, which threatens the unalienable rights of citizens and destablizes the institution of democracy if the elected government fails to be in conformity with universally agreed-upon norms and moral concerns.
It is for these reasons that the role of an impartial and responsible election observer is key in the system of international relations, fostering peace, integrity, and freedom. International observation became the norm in a broader international context after the Cold War. It was then that international organizations began to engage in the fundamental exercise to support democracy. In parallel with multilateral structures, several international non-governmental organizations considered the importance of free and fair elections in order to create a public policy environment for the legitimate exercise of power.
In this spirit, GIEM seeks to promote confidence in this very process. Our portfolio includes complex international election monitoring activities, which are based on a combination of independence, transparency, and credibility. To achieve its goals, GIEM invites internationally acclaimed experts, including current and former representatives of the political, diplomatic, academic and regional circles to to act as unbiassed and seasoned observers with a strong conviction in democratic values and the rule of law. GIEM ensures that its experts will follow a uniform methodology laid down in the framework of high-quality professional training programs and regular consultations.
GIEM’s scope of activities includes the organization of the work of the pre-voting process, preliminary needs assessment mission (NAM), and the complex review of the electoral process (FSM) for both short-term and long-term observers (STO, LTO). Additionally, it seeks to provide secure site and an assessment analysis team by request.
Following international practices, GIEM offers the assistance of setting up an election analysis mission (EAM) and a limited observer mission (LEOM) conforming to the needs of the cooperation framework.
GIEM provides the services of the monitoring package to any country, state, territory, and non-sovereign dependency in the world, regardless of its legal status, international recognition, UN membership or sovereignty disputed by third parties.
The legal framework of our professional activity covers political voting elections, general parliamentary, municipal, local referenda, elections for government and judicial positions, presidential elections. Furthermore, our experts are also present in pre-elections and by-elections (extraordinary) as well. GIEM has a profile that fosters the monitoring activities of community initiatives concerning territorial independence and referendum serving the aims of independence.
The primary goal of the organization is to evaluate the electoral process, based on direct presence and dialog, to arrive at objective conclusions and, if necessary, to formulate further recommendations.
GIEM is proud to provide technical assistance during the complex monitoring process. Our internationally recognized and highly experienced staff participates in the development of the institutional system of election administration, the preparation of election bodies, and also undertakes to provide press coverage for their own activities. Through its high-level cooperation network with universities and specialized institutes of higher education, GIEM also offers a rich portfolio of certificate programs covering topics fitted into the formula of public integrity and related fields.
GIEM offers the services of its permanent staff and ad hoc experts, who respect the policy of non-intervention in the electoral process and never question the election results or the legitimacy of the person or body elected. Instead, GIEM uses the tools and the best practices of the monitoring process by accepting that election observation is a valuable tool for improving the quality of elections and building public confidence in the honesty of the electoral process.
GIEM acts in accordance with the recommendations of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (A / 49/675, Part III) in terms of increasing the efficiency of electoral processes. However, it is important to emphasize that its activities are not only limited to UN Member States.