Democracy Promotion & Election Observation

Electoral Observation today

With generous support from Global Affairs Canada, from 2022 & over the next two years, CANADEM will deploy both Short Term Observers (STOs) and Long Term Observers (LTO) to multilateral electoral observation missions organized by partner agencies such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU), the Organization of American States (OAS), and others. 

Support for Democracy

Democracy has been facing challenges worldwide in the recent decade, with the resurgence of populism and the increase in popularity of leaders with autocratic tendencies.

 

The international community has an important role to play in supporting transparent, equal and genuine electoral processes around the world, in which all citizens are able to exercise their freedom to choose their governments, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and political affiliation.

 

International electoral observation missions are internationally recognized as an important aspect of the process of establishing open and accountable political systems. They contribute by observing, reporting and making recommendations on all aspects of electoral processes, including the participation and rights of minorities, Indigenous peoples and women; disinformation and cybersecurity; electoral fraud and electoral justice; the role of civil society and the media (traditional and online); and electoral violence and repression of democratic expressions by authorities.

These electoral observation missions also contribute to Canada's efforts to strengthen the ability of multilateral institutions to assess elections against national and international commitments and to increase the awareness/engagement of Canadians in these efforts. By ensuring that eminently qualified and experienced observers are deployed to international observation missions, the credibility of the mission and of the election, along with the effectiveness of the aid associated with deploying these experts to the field, are greatly enhanced. Free and fair elections are one of the pillars upon which democracy is based, and electoral observation is an essential component to ensuring the fairness of the democratic election process. 

How are Canadians observing elections?

International election observation is conducted by a range of multilateral organizations. Canada is a member of many - UN, OAS, OSCE, Commonwealth, OIF; others we support, - EU, AU, etc. These organizations depend on member states and supporters to mobilize their citizens to act in an impartial and professional manner as international observers dedicated to the goals of democracy promotion. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stress and a shortage of available international election observers due to the risk of infection and travel restrictions. As some of these challenges are starting to alleviate and Canadians are increasingly vaccinated, Canada is well placed to respond to the immediate demand and provide qualified and dedicated observers to election observation missions (EOMs) around the world.

For more info on how to participate, please visit the electoral FAQ

Hungarian Parliamentary Election and Referendum

CANADEM deployed six STOs to the OSCE ODIHR mission to observe the Hungarian Parliamentary Elections and Referendum on 03 April 2022. The STOs participated in observing voting, counting and tabulation of results. 

To read the OSCE's Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions, please click here.

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From left to right: Andrei Stoicu, Janet Nortey, James Balasch, Basia Puszkar and Miranda Huron (missing STO: Jacques Raleish Moise).