Domestic election observation and development of civic society

The paper "Election Observation, civic society and democratisation: international experience and possibilities for Belarus" was written by Aliaksandr Bystryk specially for the project "Election Observation: Theory and Practice" thanks to the Vitali Silitski CEU Supplementary Annual Scholarship. The paper describes and analyzes the new wave of democratisation that occured in the last decade, the origins of election observation, and domestic election observation in particular. The author presents his views on its influence on building social capital and strengthening civil society as well as on the links between domestic election observation activities and democratisation. Using the experience of domestic election observation groups around the globe the author suggested his own ideas for the development of civic election observation in Belarus.