Since 2002, CANADEM has been working with the Government of Canada to send observers to monitor elections around the world. With over 130 missions deployed to more than 40 countries, CANADEM has played a crucial role in strengthening the democratic process globally. By drawing on a civilian reserve of over 10,000 screened Canadian experts, we short-list observer candidates and conduct deployment logistics for selected candidates. CANADEM's election monitoring activities are funded by the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

2013 International Election Observation Missions


Mongolia

CANADEM deployed two long-term observers to join the OSCE-ODIHR election observation mission to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for the June 26th Presidential elections.

Pakistan

CANADEM deployed two short-term observers and two long-term observers to join the European Union's Election Observation Mission for the May 11th National General elections.

Ecuador

CANADEM deployed a short-term observer to join the Organization of American States (OAS) Observation Mission for the February General elections to elect the President, National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies and members of the Andean Parliament.

Grenada

CANADEM deployed a Lawyer for Electoral Technical Assistance to join the Organization of American States (OAS) in Grenada.


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2012 Deployments

2012 International Election Observation Missions


Ukraine

CANADEM mounted an independent bilateral election observation mission - called Mission Canada - Ukraine Election 2012 - consisting of 422 observers and over 400 locally-engaged personnel to observer Ukraine's October 28 parliamentary elections. Click here for details. CANADEM also deployed 58 STOs and 10 LTOs to join the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, as well as 10 Canadian Parliamentary observers.

Libya

CANADEM deployed 2 Short Term Observers (STO) and 3 Long Term Observers (LTO) to join the Carter Center's Election Observation Mission for the July National General Congress elections.

Dominican Republic

CANADEM deployed 8 Short Term Observers (STO) – Elena Sosa, Tuong-Vi Nguyen, Andres Lopez-Hoyos, Gloria Moreno Perez, Sylvie Viens, Mathieu Mantha-Gagnon, Louis Efe Osemwegie and Mireile LaForge – to join the OAS Election Observation Mission for the May 20th 2012 Presidential election.

Senegal

CANADEM deployed a Short Term Observer (STO) – Steven Martin – to join the European Union Election Observation Mission for the February 26th 2012 Presidential election as well as the second round runoff on March 25th 2012.

Russia

CANADEM deployed 4 Short Term Observers (STO) – Curtis Peters, Corey Levine, Leonard Munyandinda and Helen Belopolsky – to join the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the March 4th 2012 Presidential election.


2011 Deployments

2011 International Election Observation Missions

Russia

CANADEM deployed two Short Term Observers (STO) to join the OSCE Election Observation Mission in the December elections.

Nicaragua

CANADEM deployed two STOs - Fernando Chinchilla and Rebecca McPhail-Mellett - to join the European Union mission as well as the Organization for American States mission..

DRC

Following an invitation from the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to observe the Presidential and legislative elections on November 28th, CANADEM deployed four STOs - Jarrett Reckseidler, Cyriaque Meka-Mevoung, Habib Massoud and Lara Romaniuc - as well as two LTOs - Michael O'Mahony and Alexandra Devon.

Kyrgyz Republic

Following an invitation from Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized an Election Observation Mission (OSCE-ODIHR EOM) to monitor the presidential elections on October 30th 2011. Jane Cooper and John Landry were deployed to the field and to join the mission as Long Term Observers (LTO).

Tunisia

Following the invitation from the Tunisia interim government, the European Union (EU) established an Election Observation Mission to monitor the elections on October 23rd 2011. Ginette Dupaul, Christian Gohel and Juan Barranco Abrego were deployed as Long Term Observers (LTO). They were also joined by two Short Term Observers (STO), Ali Kilkal and Marc Lemieux.

Guatemala

Following an invitation from the Government of Guatemala, the Organization of American States (OAS) established an Election Observation Mission to monitor the first round of the General Elections on September 11th 2011. Jennifer Peirce, Christian Fournier, Jean-Marc Baudot, Elizabeth Utting and Andrés Lopez-Hoyos were deployed as Short Term Observers (STO) to join the mission. They returned to Guatemala for the second round that took place on November 6th 2011.

Kazakhstan

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)  Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) established an Election Observation Mission to monitor the Presidential election on 3 April 2011. Three Canadian members of the International Election Monitors Insitute (IEMI) joined the mission as short term observers - Doug Rowland, Andrey McLaughlin and Darryl Gray. Their participation was funded by the IEMI through the generous contribution of the Government of Canada.

Haiti

Following its observation of the first round of presidential elections in Haiti, the Organization of American States established a second Election Observation Mission to monitor the second round of elections that took place on 20 March 2011. A total of thirty observers were deployed to observe the mission, two as long term observers and twenty-eight as short term observers.

Niger

Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Niger, the European Union established an Election Observation Mission to monitor the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections that took place on 31 January and 12 March 2011. Two Canadian observers were deployed to join the mission as long term observers (LTOs).


2010 Deployments

Belarus
CANADEM deployed four election observers throughout the country in multinational two-person teams to assess the close of the campaign, voting, counting and the tabulation of results. 

Sudan Following an invitation from the Sudanese National Elections Commission and the Government of Sudan, the European Union established an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) that moinitored the  recent Presidential, Parliamentary and Subnational elections. Gisèle Arseneau and Jacques Paquette joined the Mission last March as Long Term election observers (LTO). They were soon joined by Short term observers (STO) Ali Kilkal and Mariam Loneban. The observers deployed to all 25 States to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the overall electoral process. For more information on the EU Election observation mission to Sudan, visit the Official EU Sudan EOM Website.

Kyrgyzstan Following an invitation from Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized an Election Observation Mission (OSCE-ODIHR EOM) to monitor the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan on 10 October 2010. Helen Belopolsky and Svitozar Omelko joined the mission in October as Short-Term election observers (LTOs). The EOM assessed the compliance of the parliamentary elections with principles for democratic electoral processes and the national legal framework. Observers monitored campaign activities, the work of the election administration and involved governmental bodies, the implementation of election-related legislation, coverage of the election in the media, and the resolution of election-related disputed. 

Tajikistan Following an invitation from the government of Tajikistan, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) established an Election Observation Mission to monitor the Presidential elections on February 28, 2010. Gary Ouellet and Lori Shortreed joined the Mission as Short term observers (STO). For more information, visit the Official OSCE/ODIHR Tajikistan EOM Website.

Burundi Following an invitation from the Republic of Burundi, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission to Burundi (EU EOM Burundi). Cheickh Bangoura and Jean Joseph Estime deployed in April to join the mission as Long Term Observers (LTOs), along with STOs Ilana Bleichert and Nick Hare. The EU EOM Burundi monitored the overall electoral process, from the quality of electoral logistics preparations, political campaining, voter education and registration, Election Day, as well as the complaints and appeals process for the June 28 Presidential Elections. For more information, visit the Official EU Burundi EOM Website.

Ethiopia Upon invitation from the Government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM Ethiopia) to monitor the House of People's Representatives and State Council Elections, held on May 23, 2010. Robert Henderson and Gary Ouellet joined the European Union Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia in April as LTOs, in order to assist in observing the electoral process and coordinating the deployment of Short Term Observers (STOs). For more information, visit the Official EU Ethiopia EOM Website.

CANADEM Deployed Canadian Observers to the 2010 Presidential Election in Ukraine:

ukraine_logo.png For the first round of voting on January 17 CANADEM deployed six long term observers and 60 short term observers seconded to the OSCE electoral observation mission. Since the first round of voting was inconclusive, these 66 observers will also observe the second round set for February 7th.

In addition to the
OSCE led mission, CANADEM also mounted an independent stand-alone mission of 200 observers, as announced on January 15 by the Hon. Bev Oda, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Cooperation.
 

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2009 Deployments

Mozambique Two STOs, Ginette Dupaul and Jacques Paquette, deployed to the EU EOM in Mozambique to observer the October 28, 2009 presidential, national and provincial elections.

Haiti In September 2009, CANADEM deployed elections expert Jacques Paquette to Haiti as an Electoral Operations Specialist. Mr. Paquette worked in Haiti under the supervision of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a joint mission with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Afghanistan CANADEM, in collaboration with CIDA, deployed Jacques Paquette as a Long Term Observer to assist the European Union mission in Afghanistan for the August 20, 2009 Presidential and Provincial elections under the International Election Observation Project.

Kyrgyz Republic Also under the CIDA-Funded International Election Observation Project, CANADEM deployed 5 short-term observers to the Presidential Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic in July 2009. Ron Laufer, Aimée Lavoie, Marla Morry, Gary Ouellet and Lori Shortreed joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) election observation mission.

Lebanon Two Short Term Observers, Alexandra Devon and Jacques Paquette, were deployed to the EU EOM to Lebanon to observer the June 2009 elections.

Older Deployments
Azerbaijan

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Presidential Election October 15, 2008 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
Belarus

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Parliamentary Election September 28, 2008 OSCE-ODIHR 4 Longt Term Observers, 5 Short Term Observers
Armenia

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Presidential Election February 19, 2008 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
Pakistan

 

National and Provincial Election February 19, 2009 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
Serbia

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Presidential Election January 20, 2008 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
Georgia

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Presidential Election January 5, 2008 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
Kyrgystan

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Parliamentary Election December 16, 2007 OCSE-ODIHR 3 Short Term Observers
Ukraine   Parliamentary Election September 30, 2007 OSCE-ODIHR 6 Long Term Observers
58 Short Term Observers
Kazakhstan

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Parliamentary Election August 18, 2007 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
4 Short Term Observers
Armenia   Parliamentary Election May 12, 2007 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
4 Short Term Observers
Serbia   Parliamentary Election January 21, 2007 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
5 Short Term Observers
Aceh   Provincial Election December 11, 2006 EU EOM 1 Long Term Observer
2 Short Term Observers
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4 Short Term Observers
Haiti   Municipal Election December 3, 2006 International Mission Monitoring Haitian Elections 30 Long Term Monitors
Georgia   Municipal Election October 5, 2006 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Monitors
Democratic Republic of Congo

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Round 1 Presidential and Legislative Election / Round 2 Parliamentary Election
October 29, 2006 / July 30, 2006 EU EOM 2 Medium Term Observers
8 Short Term Observers
Haiti   Presidential and Legislative Elections February 7 and April 12, 2006 IMMHE 59 Long Term Observers
106 Short Term Observers
Palestine   Parliamentary Election 25 January 2006 Canada Corps 18 Long Term Observers
40 Short Term Observers
Kazakhstan

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Presidential Election 4 December 2005 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
Afghanistan   Parliamentary Election 18 September 2005 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Short Term Observer
Kyrgystan

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Presidential / Parliamentary Elections 10 July /13 March 2005 OSCE-ODIHR 10 Short Term Observers/1 LTO
2 STOs
Lebanon

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Parliamentary Election 29 May 2005 EU/Canada Corps 2 Long Term Observers
20 Short term Observers
Tajikistan image003.jpg Parliamentary Election 27 February 2005 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Long Term Observers
5 Short Term Observers
Palestine   Presidential Election 9 January 2005 EU EOM 4 Long Term Observers
16 Short Term Observers
Ukraine   Presidential Election both rounds
31 October / 21 November 2004 OSCE-ODIHR / Bilateral Mission Canada 15 Long Term Observers
16 Short Term Observers / 12 LTOs
16 STOs /400 STOs (Bilateral round 2)
Afghanistan   Presidential Election 9 October 2004 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Short Term Observers
Kazakhstan

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Parliamentary Election 19 September 2004 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
1 Short Term Observer
Kosovo   Parliamentary Election 24 October 2004 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
Serbia and Montenegro   Presidential Election 13 June 2004 OSCE-ODIHR 1 Short Term Observer
Russian Federation   Presidential Election 14 March 2004 OSCE-ODIHR 4 Long Term Observers
Georgia   Parliamentary / 2nd round parl / Presidential / Partial parl repeat

2 November 2003 / 23  November 2003 / 4 January 2004 / 28 March 2004

OSCE-ODIHR 1 Long Term Observer
6 Short Term Observers / 4 STOs/ 2 LTOs 6 STOs / 2 LTOs 7 STOs
Azerbaijan   Presidential Election 15 October 2003

OSCE-ODIHR

4 Short Term Observers
Armenia

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Parliamentary Election 25 May 2003 OSCE-ODIHR 3 Short Term Observers
Montenegro   Presidential and Parliamentary Elections 20 October 2002 / 22 December 2002 OSCE-ODIHR 2 Short Term Observers
Serbia  

Presidential Elections rounds 1 and 2

29 September 2002 / 13 October 2002 OSCE-ODIHR 4 Short Term Observers / 1 STO
Bosnia and Herzegovina   Tri-Presidential / Parliamentary Elections 5 October 2002 OSCE-ODIHR 3 Short Term Observers
Macedonia

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Parliamentary Election 15 September 2002 OSCE-ODIHR 4 Short Term Observers