About the project

This is a web archive of the Election Observation: Theory and Practice Project (EOTP). As of September 2016, the project is frozen and does not conduct any activity. However, you are welcome to learn about the elections and election observation in Belarus and other countries of Europe.

The Election Observation: Theory and Practice Project (EOTP) was launched in 2007 at the initiative of the students of European Humanities University (EHU). EOTP was jointly implemented by the Belarus Watch, European Humanities University and Belarusian Human Rights House in exile in Vilnius.

The project provided the young Belarusians with a unique opportunity to see the political processes from the inside, to get acquainted with the way they work, to learn about the experience of independent observers from Belarus and to gain practical skills via actual observation of elections in the neighboring countries.

The main aim of the project was to prepare participants for the election observation in Belarus. Besides, we try to establish a network of observers around Belarus, spread information about elections and observation. In this way, it is possible to target different groups who could share experience and contribute to the increase in the number of Belarusians with the understanding of the importance of free and fair elections for the democratic future of Belarus. The most enthusiastic participants of the project were be able to become the leaders of observation groups.

The format of the project allowed to combine the expertise of prominent political scientists, the experience of active observers and the work and efforts of highly motivated participants to improve the situation in the country.

As of March 2013, sixteen observation missions were held within the above framework: in Norway (September 2007 and September 2009), Georgia (May 2008), Lithuania (October 2008 and May 2009), Ukraine (January 2010), Poland (June 2010), Sweden (September 2010), Latvia (October 2010), Estonia (March 2011), Ireland (October 2011), Russia (March 2012), Slovakia (March 2012), Czech Republic (January 2013), Montenegro (March 2013) and Belarus (April and December 2010, September 2012).

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