European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice (Italy)
Training for International Electoral Observers
13 - 18 April 2015
Deadline for registration: 5 April 2015
and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for
sustainable development and an effective democracy and actions
supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a
major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention.
Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election
observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.
aim of the course is to deepen the theoretical and practical expertise
on election observation missions, in providing participants with
practical skills which will be an asset in case of further applications
as international observers. The course will introduce the students to
election observation starting with introductory remarks followed by
lectures in plenum on the history of electoral observation,
international legal standards, observation methodology and missions
functioning. Work groups, case studies and simulations 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,
the local stakeholders and the political actors involved into the
electoral cycle and security issues. At the end of each day,
participants will be called to participate to a brainstorming debate
with lecturers and share their experience and expertise in the subject.
13-15 April 2015
first module will highlight the quantitative observation of the STOs.
Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation
theory and legal standards the first module will analyse the practical
life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of
mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the
forms, the reporting system and the code of the conduct. The methodology
will combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as
role plays, discussions and simulation exercises.
16-18 April 2015
second module is principally intended as a complementary step for those
participants who have already attended the first module or the 2012
edition of EIUC training for international observers. EIUC will
nevertheless also accept candidatures from first time applicants to
EIUC’s trainings seminars. The second module will introduce the
participants to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth
some of the aspects related to an international observation mission
such as working relations, interviewing techniques, media and security.
Detailed information can be found here.