International election monitoring missions play an important role in the promotion of democracy and human rights.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintains and administers a roster of observers for such missions, which are organised in the main by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU). The aim is to ensure that, when requested, Ireland is represented at an appropriate level in international observation missions for elections and constitutional referendums.
A new election observation roster of 200 people was established in May 2013 following a public call for applications. As the roster has now been established, no new applications are being accepted at this time. Any information or changes relating to this will be posted on this webpage.
On average, the Department deploys, at the request of the EU or the OSCE, observers on some 12-18 election observation missions per year. Observers may act as either Short Term Observers (i.e. for around 10-14 days) or Long Term Observers (up to 60 days in some cases). Observers work involves overseeing and monitoring the election process to ensure that it is fair and impartial. In the case of long term observers, these can also be involved in establishing and setting up arrangements for the election process.
If you have any queries in connection with the election observation roster, please email us
Election Observers (December 2016)
A listing of the elections to which the Department has sent observers since 2013 is available here. We will update this listing periodically.Download PDF (207KB)