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Electoral Assistance

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This chapter commences with an overview of the forms of Electoral Assistance. Election observation is one of four forms of electoral assistance provided by democratic governments, transnational organizations and non-governmental organizations to former colonies on their way to independence, as well as to newly establishing democracies. One of the most successful cases of electoral assistance was the UN Mission to Namibia, including military elements as well as civilian elements. The electoral assistance given to the East European transformation countries is organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). There are two main forms of UN electoral assistance: standard electoral assistance activities and major electoral missions which are usually conducted within the context of comprehensive peacekeeping operations.

Keywords: East European transformation countries; Election observation; ODIHR; UN Electoral Assistance; UN Mission to Namibia



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