Endorsing Organizations of the Declaration of Principles

Organizations that have endorsed the Declaration and the accompanying Code of Conduct pledge their commitment to assuring integrity and transparency in election observations.

Since being launched in 2005, the Declaration of Principles has been endorsed by 50 observer organizations and remains open for endorsement by others.  The Carter Center is hopeful that the DES project will continue to foster support and consensus around a single set of criteria for assessing elections.

Endorsing Organizations as of March 1, 2016

  1. African Union*
  2. Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF)
  3. Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL)*
  4. Association of European Election Officials
  5. Canada’s Civilian Reserve (CANADEM)
  6. Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP)
  7. The Carter Center*
  8. Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (CAPEL)*
  9. Committee for Open Democracy (COD)
  10. Committee of the Regions of the European Union
  11. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
  12. Commonwealth Secretariat*
  13. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
  14. Council of Europe European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)*
  15. Council of the European Union
  16. Democracy International (DI)
  17. Democracy Reporting International (DRI)
  18. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  19. Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)*
  20. Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS)*
  21. European Commission*
  22. European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO)*
  23. European Parliament
  24. European Parliament Former Members Association (FMA)
  25. Gender Concerns International
  26. Global Democracy Initiative (GDI)
  27. Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD)
  28. Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE)
  29. International Center of Analytical Monitoring of Political and Election Processes (ICAM)
  30. International Election Monitors Institute (IEMI)
  31. International Expert Center for Electoral Systems (ICES)
  32. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)*
  33. International IDEA*
  34. International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF)
  35. Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)*
  36. International Republican Institute (IRI)*
  37. Kuwait Transparency Society (KTS)
  38. League of Arab States
  39. National Democratic Institute (NDI)*
  40. Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights (NORDEM)
  41. Organization of American States (OAS)*
  42. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)*
  43. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE-PA)
  44. Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators’ Network (PIANZEA)*
  45. Pacific Islands Forum
  46. Pan-African Parliament
  47. Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)*
  48. Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF)*
  49. Sustainable Development Group International (SDGI)
  50. United Nations Secretariat*
  51. United States Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC)*
  52. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)

*Original Endorsers of the Declaration at the United Nations on Oct. 27, 2005.