Short-term Election Observation Missions


Short-term Election Observation Missions

Artsakh Republic/Nagorno-Karabakh

Acknowledging the crucial role of election observation in democracy-building and promoting human rights, particularly in new emerging democracies, such as the republic of Artsakh, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) has deployed short-term observation missions to the electoral processes in Artsakh since 2015.

The goal of the observation mission is to support good electoral practice, promote democracy and strengthen respect for fundamental human rights in Artsakh. The missions also aim at breaking the isolation imposed on Artsakh and its population, as many international organizations still refrain from deploying election observation missions there because to its unrecognized status.

In May 2015, the EAFJD deployed a 10-member team of highly experienced short-term observers (STOs) from various European countries, such as Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Romania and the Netherlands, to observe the 6th Parliamentary Elections of Artsakh. Having observed the electoral process in 57 polling precincts out of 279 in all 11 constituencies, the STOs issued a final assessment and proposed recommendations for the Artsakh Republic Central Election Commission. All the observers reported in general calm, transparent and orderly implementation of the elections. The polling staff appeared knowledgeable and well prepared. The electoral authorities conducted the voting process without major irregularities.

In February 2017, the EAFJD deployed another short-term election observation mission to Artsakh consisting of eight independent observers from Spain, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Romania, Latvia and Slovenia to observe the Referendum on the Drafted Constitution of the Artsakh Republic. The four teams of STOs observed 48 polling precincts in all 11 constituencies and issued a final report with assessments based on collected data and proposed concrete recommendations. All the observers concluded that in general the electoral authorities succeeded in organizing a well-run and orderly Referendum Day in a professional and transparent manner. The Central Referendum Commission was highly cooperative and used electronic means to communicate up-to-date information.

These two observation missions were first in their format and professionalism as they were based on the methodology of the OSCE/ODIHR as well as those enshrined in the 205 UN-adopted Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and Code of Conduct.

Prior to the parliamentary election and the Referendum days, respectively in 2015 and in 2017, the STOs of both missions took part in briefings of the Central Electoral Commission and met civil society representatives. The observers followed campaign activities, the work of the referendum/election administration and relevant state bodies as well as the implementation of the legislative framework.


Upon the invitation of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the EAFJD team carried out three observation missions to Turkey as STOs, first to the municipal elections of 2014, then twice to the Turkish General Elections in June and November 2015.

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