Meet the EU election observer team
Various types of observers participate in the European Union’s Elections Observer Missions (EOMs):
The chief observer will be present in the country during all key moments of the mission. She or he has the overall responsibility for the mission, including the final report, and is its only spokesperson.
Core team experts, including the deputy chief observer, support the chief observer, set the analytical framework for the mission, carry out specific tasks, such as media monitoring, and manage the work of the observers.
Other core team experts have expertise in such areas as elections, the law, security, logistics, media and public relations. They have sound experience of EOMs and are recruited via specific calls for applications.
Long-term observers (LTOs) are deployed ideally two months before an election day and remain after the results are officially announced to observe the resolution of electoral disputes. They are located all over the country and observe the unfolding electoral campaign. They also address particular issues, such as the use of public resources by candidates.
Short-term observers (STOs) are deployed to observe polling day and the early counting of ballots. They are deployed in teams of two. Long-term observers report regularly and prepare the STOs’ observation programme in their location area.