Catalonia trains 30 international election observers
The course was organised in partnership with the Barcelona City Council
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia showed its commitment to democratic development, human rights promotion and rule of law enhancement with the organisation of a training seminar on Election Observation, which took place from 13 – 17 October in Barcelona. The course was given by experts from the European Centre for Electoral Support from Brussels, and organised in cooperation with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center and Barcelona City Council.
The course focused on the legal framework of democratic elections as well as on the “hands-on” training of election observation practice, such as the steps of the observation process, the editing of a report, the role of all stakeholders involved and the do’s and don’ts during a mission. In 40 hours the thirty participants from public and private sector, NGOs, universities, media and international institutions learnt how to assess election processes in accordance with international legislation, norms and standards and codes of conduct.
In their evaluations the participants showed themselves to be entirely satisfied with the content, which they rated very useful and exhaustive, and encouraged the Election Observation project to go ahead with practical application of the knowledge acquired.
The participants will be included in a roaster of trained and qualified individuals who could participate in international Election Observation Missions in the future. The identification of candidates goes hand in hand with the cooperation of Diplocat with international partners in this field.
Diplocat, which had already organised a first Election Observation mission with international and national experts at the occasion of the last elections in Costa Rica in February 2014, builds on Electoral Observation Missions deployed by the Catalan Agency of Development in West Bank (2005, 2006), Montenegro (2006), Guatemala (2007), Colombia (2007) and Bolivia (2009). Diplocat will continue to promote Catalonia’s foreign agenda based on democratic values and human rights with more observation missions to come.
Last updated: 20 October 2014