International Election Observation Project
Through its International Election Observation Project, CANADEM deploys Canadian Election Observers to bilateral or multilateral Election Observation Missions (EOM) around the globe. In the past ten years, with Canadian Government funding, CANADEM has deployed over 2,000 election experts across the world, including Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
Most of these EOMs are undertaken by multilateral organizations, partners to CANADEM and CIDA, who are recognized for their long-standing expertise in election observation. These include the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the European Union (EU).
Canadian bilateral missions have included Ukraine 2004, Lebanon 2005, and West Bank & Gaza 2005.
CANADEM also mounts complex EOMs, including the International Mission for Iraqi Elections (IME) 2005-2006, the International Mission for Monitoring Haitian Elections (IMMHE) 2005-2006, and the Canadian Mission for Accompanying Haitian Elections (CMAHE) 2006. More recently, CANADEM mounted and managed the Mission Canada delegation observing Ukraine's 2010 Presidential elections as well as Ukraine's 2012 parliamentary elections.
CANADEM's performance was assessed in an independent evaluation done for DFATD: “Evaluation of DFATD’s Multilateral Elections Observation Program” by Plan:Net March 20th 2014 and released under ATIP June 2014: see Report here. Some key excerpts about CANADEM have been copied: see Excerpts here, and below are three of those excerpts”
CANADEM performance has been exemplary in acting as a service organization to operationalize Canadian election observers for both multilateral and bilateral missions.” p.55 »
CANADEM and its staff were professional, effective and efficient” p.15 »
“the high degree of professionalism and competence displayed by CANADEM and its staff” p.21 »
CANADEM Election Program Stats:
|Number of Missions with the OSCE: 48|
|Number of Missions with the EU: 21|
|Number of Missions with the OAS: 4|
|Number of Bilateral Missions: 3|
|Number of Complex Missions: 4|
|Election Expert Missions: 2|
|Total Number of Missions Deployed: 81|
|Number of Women Deployed: 558|
|Number of Men Deployed: 1108|
|Total Observers Deployed: 1666|
Election observation: An Awesome Experience!
For Government Employees
Where an employee of the Government of Canada volunteers to go as an observer for elections abroad, the employee may be required to either make a request for annual leave or leave without pay for other reasons. This application is based on the interpretation of the leave without pay, leave with pay policies and/or collective agreements in the National Joint Council (NJC) directives. Employees of the Government of Canada should verify this with the NJC directives and enquire with their supervisor.