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Improving OSCE election observation

Peter Eicher
Journal01 December 2009

Although election observation has shown its value in enhancing public confidence and improving election practices, serious questions about the future of observation remain. Observer groups are under attack from some governments, while methods of manipulating elections have become increasingly sophisticated. A particular difficulty for observers is how to react when governments show a lack of political will to conduct fair elections. There are a number of steps that can be taken to meet these and other challenges, but ensuring that election observation remains relevant and effective will require continuing creativity, flexibility and innovations.

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