Democracy Promotion & Election Observation

In the past, CANADEM has worked 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 screened Canadian electoral and governance experts, we short-list observer candidates and conduct deployment logistics for selected candidates.

For a review of CANADEM’s performance under DFATD’s previous Multilateral Elections Observation Program (2008-2013) see the report here:  Page 15

CANADEM’s past election observation missions have supported the OSCE in their missions around the world for elections that respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability, with the financial support of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Following an invitation from the Government of Ukraine and the Central Electoral Commission, a 422-strong independent bilateral election observation mission was mounted by CANADEM – dubbed Mission Canada – Ukraine Elections 2012 – to observe the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28, 2012.

The mission’s objectives were to observe, record and report on whether the election result genuinely reflects the democratic expression of the voters of Ukraine. Mission Canada released its final report on 26 March 2013.

CANADEM has been involved in Election Observation Missions with the following partners:

  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)

  • Organization of American States (OAS)

  • European Union

  • Carter Center

  • International Election Monitors Institute (IEMI)