Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Calling budding election observers

I've mentioned this before, but it probably bears mentioning again: if you are interested in international politics, one of the best possible ways of dipping your toe in the water is to get a place on an election observation mission. A colleague has just alerted me to an upcoming training course run by Peaceworkers UK in London on August 5th for anyone (all nationalities) interested in doing this.

It's not compulsory to have attended such a course if you want to observe elections, but it probably helps. Just to review how you actually apply to be an election observer, US citizens go here, UK citizens here, Canadians here, Dutch citizens here, Belgians hier and ici. Irish opportunities are listed here, though they don't give the contact for OSCE missions (but I know who it is, so email me if you want to know).

It does help to know which elections you want to observe. The following, all due before the end of this year, are likely to attract international observation missions:

      Macedonia Parliamentary, 5 July
      Turkmenistan Municipal - Village Councils, 23 July
      Bosnia and Herzegovina General, 1 October
      Bulgaria Presidential, probably November
      Georgia Municipal, November though rumours say they may be postponed
      Moldova Election of Governor of Gagauzia, Autumn
      Montenegro Parliamentary and Municipal (probably separately), Autumn
      Tajikistan Presidential, Autumn
      Albania Municipal, Autumn (TBC)
      Turkmenistan Municipal - District and City Councils, 3 December

Let me know if you are interested in any of these and I will do what I can in terms of other information.
Tags: election observation

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