NORDEM's seconded election expert to International IDEAs Africa programme, Mette Bakken, has written a new International IDEA Policy Paper on how to increase youth participation in electoral processes -new roles for African electoral management bodies.
The priority thematic issues at the meeting in Johannesburg were: The growing trend of entrenched incumbency, Support to civil society groups working in closed societies, Conflict and electoral violence, Disability and other inclusivity issues, and Money in politics and abuse of state resources.
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) and their Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) is said to define the ‘Golden Standard’ for election observation.
Twenty-six professionals from various backgrounds and enrolled in field missions from Tajikistan to DR Congo, gathered at Tyrifjord hotel from 19-21 September to attend the NORDEM Training in International Applied Human Rights Work.
Neving Rudskjær has had the unique opportunity to report first hand from the situation in Tajikistan through the mandate of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
This thematic paper argues that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has not reached its full potential in fulfilling all parts of its mandate, and that by improving its efforts in dialogue facilitation it would increase its impact on the ground in the conflict area of Eastern Ukraine.
NORDEM is sending one long-term observer and four short-term observers to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The new version of the Handbook for European Union Election Observation is now avaiable online.
This third edition provides updated practical guidelines for EU observers and core team. In particular it provides more guidance on voter registration (including use of biometrics), campaign finance, online election-related content, new election technologies and participation of persons with disabilities.
It also brings up to date the functioning of a mission in the field, including on security, deployment and reporting.
The new handbook can be accessed here.
The last day at the office for two of NORDEM's secondees did not just mark the end of an interesting and challenging assignment, but also the end of a long and fruitful cooperation with one of NORDEM's receiving organizations in Kosovo.
Arild Tjelle recently embarked on his first NORDEM mission with the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM).