The Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) opened an election assessment mission on June 1 to monitor Slovakia’s parliamentary elections to be held June 12, the ODIHR press office informed.
The mission's deployment follows an invitation from the Foreign Ministry of Slovakia. As a participating member of the OSCE, Slovakia had committed itself to invite ODIHR to observe its elections.
The mission is led by Ambassador Jolanda Brunetti and consists of 10 international election experts from nine OSCE participating countries. The mission will be based in Bratislava but will deploy experts to other areas of Slovakia.
The experts will assess and report on the overall framework for the conduct of the elections. They will focus on political party and campaign financing, the participation of national minorities in the elections and the coverage of the campaign by the media, among other issues.
As part of the assessment process, the experts will meet with relevant governmental authorities, election administration, candidates, political parties, the judiciary, civil society and the media.
ODIHR will not carry out systematic or comprehensive observation of the voting, counting, or tabulation on election day, but the experts plan to visit a limited number of polling stations across the country to monitor election day procedures.
A final report will be issued about two months after the completion of the election process.
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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1. Jun 2010 at 14:00