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.
Day 1 – February 22
International electoral observation: an introduction