Election Reform

Some OSCE field operations carry out elections-related activities, including reform of electoral codes, advising election commissions, training for election commission members, media and police, strengthening the participation of women in elections, as well as voter rights and education initiatives. They do not, however, take part in Election Observation Missions (EOMs) in their countries of operation. EOMs are organized by the ODIHR independently from field operations.

OSCE Mission to Montenegro

The OSCE Mission to Montenegro has strengthened the country’s election capacity and assists by supporting the State Election Commission and Municipal Election Commissions development of training programme for polling staff and in ensuring the accessibility of all voters as a key responsibility of the election commissions through State Election Commission and Association of Blind discussion on polling station accessibility to jointly identify polling stations that could be made accessible.

Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan (PCUz)

The PCUz coordinated the assistance of ODIHR and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe to support the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the Oliy Majlis in the drafting of a new Electoral Code for Uzbekistan. The new Electoral Code, approved by the Oliy Majlis in June 2019, replaced old legislation, which had been a recommendation of the Report of ODIHR’s Election Observation Mission for the 2016 Presidential Election.

With the new Code in place, the PCUz joined with the CEC to conduct a series of roundtables in various locations in Uzbekistan to introduce the new Electoral Code and allow ODIHR and Venice Commission experts to explain its implementation, and to improve current practices in election administration via familiarization with best practices in the field of democratization of electoral systems and election legislation within the OSCE region. This support, amongst others, in particular focused on developing and maintaining of the unified voters register and on providing technical support to the CEC in making its activities more transparent for the general public, as well as in building the capacity and improving the skills of the CEC staff members, to incorporate knowledge gained in their daily work.