2011 Mission to Estonia (Parliamentary Election)

On 6 March 2011 the group of participants of the “Election Observation: Theory and Practice” project monitored the conduct of the Parliamentary elections to in Estonia. The observers visited 135 polling stations all over Estonia (22% out of the total number). The mission evaluated the voting process based on international standards and OSCE principles as well as the Electoral Act of Estonia.

The election process during voting was extremely well organized, which was noted by all the teams of the mission. The commission members working on the polling stations were well-prepared, helpful, cooperative, and willing to provide comprehensive information to the observers and voters. At the same time the observers fixed certain deviations during the counting process. Particularly, there was a lack of unified practice of counting of votes. But in general the Election Day was conducted in accordance with international and national standards.

The Mission is organized within the framework of the project “Election Observation: Theory and Practice”, implemented in partnership by three organizations: the Belarus Watch, European Humanities University and Belarusian Human Rights House in exile in Vilnius. Previous project missions were held in Norway, Sweden, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus.