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How to Become an Election Observer

As part of its democratization activities, the OSCE carries out election assistance projects in the lead-up to or following elections. The Election Observation Missions are counted among these activities. The OSCE observes elections throughout the 56 participating States. Over the past 15 years, the organization has developed an observation methodology that is at the forefront of international efforts in this field.


How to Become an Election Observer
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) fields election observation teams to participating States to assess the implementation of OSCE commitments relating to elections and to observe the entire electoral process.

ODIHR does not recruit observers directly. Observers generally are seconded to the ODIHR by the OSCE participating States. When a decision is made to observe an election the ODIHR requests long and short term observers by notifying the delegations of OSCE participating States in Vienna.

The OSCE/ODIHR strongly encourages all interested observers to undertake the e-learning course for short-term observers.

The procedure for recruiting observers varies from country to country. In the Czech Republic the process is co-ordinated by the National Focal Point of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a rule it is the sending States that cover the costs of the observers.

  • CZECH NATIONALS - Please follow this link for the information on the Czech procedures for recruiting long and short-term election observers.
  • FOREIGN NATIONALS - For information on respective national procedures for recruiting observers please contact your national permanent delegation/mission to the OSCE in Vienna.



Election Observation Handbook 2 MB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Feb 27, 2014