International Philippine Election Observation Team 2010

We would like to invite you to take part in an exciting opportunity to advance the cause of democracy in our world by becoming a member of IPEOTeam2010 (International Philippine Election Observers Team 2010).

On Monday, May 10, 2010, the Republic of the Philippines will be holding their General Elections, at which time they will elect members of the Philippine House of Representatives, Senate and a new President.  In the past the fairness of Philippine elections has been seriously questioned by foreign election observers.

The Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EVPHRP) has been convened by the National Council of Churches of the Philippines to form a short-term international observation mission for the 2010 elections.  The EVPHRP is made up of several  Philippine religious and human rights groups.  It has sent a world-wide request for election observers to be sent to the Philippines for the May 2010 Elections. It was in response to this request that the IPEOTeam2010 was formed.

IPEOTeam2010 is seeking people to be observers, or part of a support staff of photographers, videographers, and record keepers. IPEOTeam2010 in conjunction with the EVPHRP will organize and be responsible for housing, security, communication, transport and all other support services for the election observation teams.

This is a short term observation mission with a 8 day in-country commitment, May 7 -14. There can be no funding available for this activity from the Philippines, as this would be a potential conflict of interest. Participants are encouraged too seek funding from church, human rights, and civic groups or from non-profit foundations.  Students are encouraged to ask school about grants and other funding.

Observation missions both tend to reduce election fraud by their mere presence and help document it when it does take place.  Please note the role of an election observer is to observe the election process and report if the election was conducted according to national law and international standards.  Election observers are not to advocate or work on behalf on any one party or candidate. IPEOTeam2010 will be guided by the United Nations Declaration of Principles for Election Observers and all participants will be asked to sign and abide by the United Nations Code of Conduct for International Election Observers. This and related documents can be found at:

http://www.accessdemocracy.org/files/1923_declaration_102705.pdf



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