About Democracy International
Democracy International, Inc. (DI) works on democracy and governance (DG) programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development partners. Founded in 2003 by leading experts in international democracy promotion, DI offers expertise in election processes and election monitoring, political party organizing, local government and decentralization, legislative strengthening, civil society development, strategic communications, and rule of law programming.
Over the past decade, Democracy International has worked in more than 40 countries and in all regions of the world. Since 1985, DI’s principals have advised and worked with election management bodies, civil society and election-monitoring organizations, political parties, legislatures, government agencies, and others in more than 70 countries.
About the Afghan 2010 Election Observation Mission
DI core staff, long term observers, and short term observers first deployed to Afghanistan for international observation of the Presidential and Provincial Council Elections in 2009. In total, DI deployed 60 international observers for the August 20, 2009 elections. DI also planned an international observation of the aborted presidential runoff election.
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has invited DI to observe the upcoming elections that will take place on the 18th of September and will elect the new members of the Wolesi Jirga. The purpose of this ongoing mission is to evaluate the degree to which the conduct of the election and the broader political and legal contexts conform to accepted international norms of election administration, human rights, and democratic representation. The credibility of these upcoming Wolesi Jirga elections is vital to the consolidation of democracy in Afghanistan and a critical component to the Afghan people’s ongoing struggle for peace.
Mr. Glenn Cowan serves as Head of Mission and Mr. Alessandro Parziale as the Chief of Party of the Democracy International 2010 Election Observation Mission to Afghanistan (DI EOM). The mission is also made up of 16 Core Team members, 18 Long Term Observers and 50 Short Term Observers.