Course dates:

22 - 27 February 2021

Registration deadline: 15 January 2021

Course Outline

The course will introduce the participants to international election observation, history of electoral observation, international legal standards, observation methodology and missions functioning.

The course will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of the mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of conduct, working relations and with a particular focus on new technologies and media monitoring in the election processes.

Group works, case studies and live debates will actively engage the participants who will look closely into all different steps of an electoral observation mission, from the exploratory phase to selection procedures through its internal functioning, the relations with national authorities, including the electoral management bodies and local stakeholders.

Course Outline

  • 1

    Day 1 – February 22

    International electoral observation: an introduction

    Demetrio Lazagna, Training Responsible of the Course

  • 2

    Day 2 – February 23

    Electoral observation history and international legal standards

    Armin Rabitsch, Election Observation Expert

  • 3

    Day 3 – February 24

    Meet the sending authorities

    Vladimir Misev, ODIHR
    Cristina Castagnoli, European Parliament
    Gianandrea Nelli Feroci, The Carter Center
    Christian Morresi, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 4

    Day 4 – February 25

    Short term observers: code of conduct, observing and reporting tools

    Charlemagne Gomez, Election Observation Expert
    Demetrio Lazagna, Election Observation Expert

  • 5

    Day 5 – February 26

    The media in electoral observation missions

    Alice Colombi, Media and Digital Communications Expert

  • 6

    Day 6 – February 27

    Short term observers: living the field

    Charlemagne Gomez, Election Observation Expert
    Demetrio Lazagna, Training Responsible of the Course


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