Announcement: Training by EIUC
International Electoral Observers (IEO) – Training
Open and legitimate elections are at the basis of both sustainable development and effective
democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major
role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. This support takes the form of
electoral assistance projects and election observation missions, all activities that requires
skilled and trained observers.
The aim of the training seminar is to deepen the theoretical and practical expertise on
election observation missions in providing participants with practical skills which will be an
asset in case of further applications as international observers.
Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation theory and legal
standards, the course will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the
selection procedure to the end of the mission including the observation of the polls, the
filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of conduct. The methodology will
combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as role plays, discussions and
simulation exercises. Participants will also be introduced to the long-term election
observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation
mission such as working relations, interviewing techniques, media and security.
The training is organised with the patronage of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Czech Republic and Spain.
Deadline early bird enrolment: 25 January 2018
Registration deadline: 15 February 2018
Course dates: 19-24 March 2018
Venue: EIUC premises in Venice Lido at the Monastery of San Nicolò. (Italy)
Admission requirements: The course is devoted to those applicants with no experience in
election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two
missions as short term observers.
Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences,
Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who wish to address
international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach which will be useful
for a further engagement on the field.
All courses will be held in English.
EIUC will review applications on an on-going basis so as to give non-European participants
as much time as possible for the organisation of visa requests.
Disclaimer: This information was copied from an e-mail we received from EIUC.