International election observation plays an important role in the promotion of democratisation, human rights and the rule of law. The Department maintains a roster of observers who are available to participate in election observation missions. We nominate observers to missions organised, in the main, by the EU and the OSCE.
On average, the Department sends observers on 12-18 election observation missions per year. Short Term Observers (STOs) are generally in country for 10-14 days, while Long Term Observers (LTOs) can spend 60 days or more observing the election process.
During 2019 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sent 57 individual observers to EU or OSCE election observation missions in: Albania, Belarus, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, North Macedonia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Ukraine.
A new election observation roster was established in January 2019. The roster selection process has now concluded. A number of applicants contacted the Department with questions about the 2018 roster mustering process. Further information is available in the Composite Response . The Department does not accept applications for election observer missions from members of the public who have not been shortlisted to the roster.
The next roster mustering process is not expected to be launched before 2022. Details will be made available on www.dfa.ie in due course. For data protection reasons we do not hold contact details of persons who wish to be notified about future roster mustering processes, but you can keep in touch by following us on Twitter at @DFAT_Irl
A listing of missions from 2013-2019 is available here.
Election Observers (27 April 2020)
A listing of the elections to which the Department has sent observers since 2013 is available here. We will update this listing periodically.Download PDF (467KB)
Election observation by independent observers has become an important way of supporting countries during the transition to democracy.
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