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Election observation

Electoral observation is an integral part of the electoral cycle aimed at guaranteeing the transparency of the process and is composed of representatives of political parties, civil society, national, regional and international organizations and more infrequently diplomatic representatives.

Two forms of electoral observation exist:

short-term, mainly covering election day(s) and the counting of the vote and

long-term, where observers monitor the entirety of the process, from training of the electoral body, voter registration, civic and voter education, candidate registration, registration of political parties, election campaigning and the role of media, the actual vote, counting of ballots, the publication of results and the appeals period leading to the swearing in of the newly elected representatives.

Another international tool similar to electoral observation is the “assessment mission” which has a similar function, but which is smaller, mainly consisting of limited number of experts and no field observers.