AKIPRESS.COM - A training seminar for international observers aimed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the rights and obligations of election observers concluded in Nur-Sultan on November 12, the OSCE reports.
The seminar was based on using key OSCE/ODIHR tools related to election observation.
The event was organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan in co-operation with the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CEC) and supported by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The seminar brought together some 50 government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations who have served or may serve as international observers. Participants learned about international and national legal norms regulating international elections observers’ rights and responsibilities, and the experience of their fellow citizens who participated in election observation missions this year.
During the event, the participants were familiarized with the ODIHR Handbook for the Observation of Election Dispute Resolution. The handbook provides a guidance on handling protection of voters, candidates and political parties from violations, errors or omissions during elections. The presentations were followed by an interactive session during which participants consulted with experts on technical matters and engaged in problem solving scenarios.
The training seminar is part of the Office’s continuous efforts to enhance transparency and accountability of electoral procedures and strengthen democratic institutions in line with OSCE principles and commitments.