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Two Polling officers aid a voter cast her ballot in Timore-Leste’s parliamentary elections
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EIUC: Training for International Electoral Observers

The Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) promotes a Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers.

The course, structured in two different modules, aims at introducing civilian staff to the profession of election observers and at delivering a complete theoretical and practical basic knowledge to those willing to consider election observation as a possible professional step in their career.

The first module, held from 28 to 30 November 2013, proposes an introduction on the international observation theory and legal standards and highlights the quantitative observation of the short term observers (STOs). It will analyse the practical life of a STO from the selection procedure to the end of mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of conduct.

The second module, held from 2 to 4 December 2013, introduces the participants to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission such as working relations, team-building, interviewing techniques and coordination of the STOs.

Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar, and will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

The seminar will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò, at the Lido of Venice. The deadline for application is set on 15 October 2013.

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