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Call for Election Observers 2018

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers a roster of Election Observers, who undertake Election Observation overseas in a voluntary capacity.  A new Election Observation Roster is being created and the Department is seeking expressions of interest from potential volunteer Election Observers.

Interested volunteers can access full details, including the application form and information on how to submit the completed applications, in the attached booklet below:

Volunteer Information Booklet

Application forms can be requested from the Election Observation Desk as detailed in the Information Booklet.

Applications must be made on the official application form and will be treated in strict confidence.

All sections of the form must be fully completed. When completing the application form accuracy is essential as candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied.

Closing date and deadline for applications is: 20 August 2018 at 17:30 (late applications will not be accepted).

Applicants please be aware that all personal data collected during the application process will be held in line with current General Data Protection Regulations.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. The Department will run this campaign in accordance with best practice standards. Canvassing will disqualify.

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 (30 Aug 2018)

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 (221KB)


Election Observation Missions 2017