FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 16 (2013)   

Election monitoring faces credibility crisis:
Complacent assessments of the last ­Azerbaijani election call for revamping election observation in the EU’s neighbourhood

Publicerad 22.11.2013

Anaïs Marin
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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OSCE/ODIHR observers and elected European officials who monitored the presidential election in Azerbaijan came to radically opposite conclusions. The failure to agree on a joint assessment reveals cracks in the system and warrants a rethink on the rationale of election observation as a tool for democracy promotion.