The final report can be downloaded here:
On behalf of the Government of Canada, CANEOM is recruiting Short term election observers to be seconded to OSCE for the November 30th 2014 Republic of Moldova parliamentary elections The deadline for application is the November 13th. STOs should arrive in Chisinau by Wednesday 26 November and depart by the 2nd of December.
Observers should strictly abide by the OSCE/ODIHR Observer Code of Conduct and the deployment plan prepared by the OSCE/ODIHR EOM. The security and safety of observers is of the highest priority and will take precedence in EOM management, including the deployment plan. All observers will receive a security briefing upon arrival and are required to operate in accordance with security guidelines.
The working language of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM is English. All briefings, debriefings and reporting will be conducted in English and all interpreters will work in local languages/English. All STOs must, therefore, have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
The application process is now closed. Shortlisted candidates will receive more information.
Canadian Election Observation Missions (CANEOM) present its interim report on Ukraine’s early parliamentary election
Raynell Andreychuk, Head of Mission, Senator, Parliament of Canada
Kyiv, October 27th, 2014 – The Canadian Election Observation Mission (CANEOM) today released its preliminary report on Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections which were held yesterday.
Head of Mission Senator Raynell Andreychuk stated that, “despite the Russian occupation of Crimea and continuing destabilization in parts of Ukraine, a majority of Ukrainian people have freely exercised their democratic right to vote in Sunday’s elections.”
The main conclusions of CANEOM’s preliminary report are as follows:
1) The preliminary assessment concludes that the democratic will of the people is reflected in the results of these elections, in accordance with the laws of Ukraine, and international laws and standards.
2) There were new challenges in these elections, compared with the last parliamentary elections in 2012, such as access to voting in the conflict-affected parts of the country and occupied Crimea, a large number of Internally Displaced Persons, and safety and security concerns.
3) The authorities generally enforced the law when faced with electoral violations.
“We commend the people of Ukraine and the election administration for successful elections. The Ukrainian people worked hard under difficult circumstances to ensure that the outcome of these elections be a genuine reflection of the will of the Ukrainian people,” added Senator Andreychuk.
The mission will be present in Ukraine until official results are announced, and will publish a full and final report in the near future.
CANEOM deployed almost 200 observers to all regions of Ukraine, except Crimea where no elections were taking place. “We thank observers for their diligence, dedication, expertise and hard work under uncertain security conditions,” concluded Senator Andreychuk.
The independent CANEOM mission is funded by the Government of Canada.
The preliminary report is available at www.caneom.ca
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KYIV, UKRAINE–(Marketwired – October 24, 2014) – Canada’s election observers have successfully deployed across Ukraine to observe the country’s parliamentary elections. Nearly 200 observers with the Canadian Election Observation Mission (CANEOM) will be monitoring the October 26th vote in all regions of Ukraine other than Crimea, where no voting will take place due to ongoing military occupation by the Russian Federation.
“At the request of the president of Ukraine, Canada is proud to support Ukraine’s democratic process,” said Senator Raynell Andreychuk, CANEOM’s head of mission, who has also led three previous election observation missions to Ukraine. “At this critical moment in Ukraine’s history, we are here to assist in ensuring that this election is a genuine reflection of the democratic will of the people of Ukraine.”
Following several days of rigorous training in Kyiv, including sessions on international and domestic election law, Ukraine’s political landscape, and the principles of election observation, CANEOM observers will monitor the electoral process in the lead up to and on Election Day.
The mission’s mandate is to observe, record and report, while in no way interfering with the electoral process as it unfolds. The mission expects to issue its preliminary report on October 27th.
Given the destabilization and conflict in parts of the country, CANEOM is mindful of security issues and has retained professional advisors who are actively exchanging security information with other election observation missions. “The safety of our observers is of paramount importance,” added Senator Andreychuk. “I am proud of our observers, and I am confident that this mission will be a success for the benefit of the people of Ukraine.”
The CANEOM mission is funded by the Government of Canada.
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Speaking in Toronto on September 11, 2014 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will be sending an independent team of election observers to monitor the early parliamentary election in Ukraine, scheduled for October 26, 2014. The bilateral Canadian observation mission will see the deployment of 40 long-term (LTO) and 150 short-term (STO) observers to monitor these elections.
Since 1991, Canada has invested considerable effort and resources in support of Ukraine’s democratic transformation, and during this time, Canadian election observers have monitored numerous presidential and parliamentary elections, and helped promote credible elections and adoption of internationally recognized best practices by Ukraine’s electoral establishment. This initiative builds on Canada’s tradition of assisting Ukraine’s ongoing democratic development through bilateral election observation missions. Most recently Canada deployed 38 LTOs and 100 STOs, through CANEOM, to observe early Presidential elections in Ukraine which concluded on May 25, 2014.
The heads of mission for the May CANEOM mission, Senator Raynell Andreychuk and former Ontario Premier Mike Harris, presented the Prime Minister with the final observation report from the early presidential election.
Canadian Election Observation Missions (CANEOM) is proud to contribute to this tradition through its engagement with the government of Canada – specifically, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. CANEOM is organized by the Forum of Federations, with support from Cuso International and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The mission is by the Government of Canada, and managed at arm’s length. CANEOM’s mandate is to organize and execute election observation and monitoring missions internationally.
The mission’s objectives are to observe, record and report on the electoral exercise, and to aggregate findings into a final report on whether the election results may be deemed to reflect the genuine democratic expression of the Ukrainian people.
Members of CANEOM’s core team for this mission have experience monitoring elections in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Lesotho, Mali, Mongolia and Ukraine, with additional democratic development experience in an even greater range of countries.
CANEOM will assess Ukraine’s electoral process in accordance with international standards, commitments and obligations for genuine democratic elections, including the OSCE’s Copenhagen Declaration of 1990 and other international human rights obligations. CANEOM subscribes to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observers and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers that was commemorated at the United Nations on October 27, 2005, and endorsed by 42 intergovernmental and international organizations. In all of our mission’s activities, CANEOM pledges to adhere to all domestic laws, and to respect the core election observation principles of impartiality and non-interference.
The final observation report of Ukraine’s May 25, 2014 Presidential election was presented to Prime Minister Harper in Toronto by both heads of mission for the Canadian Election Observation Mission, Senator Raynell Andreychuk and former Ontario Premier Mike Harris.
The report can be downloaded here:
• At the request of the Government of Ukraine, the Government of Canada fielded an
independent, bilateral mission of election observers for the 2014 Early Presidential
Election in Ukraine.
• Ukraine’s presidential elections are held in a single, nationwide constituency. In
order to be elected president, a candidate must win a majority of votes cast. If no
single candidate wins a majority of votes, a run-off second round is held between
the two candidates who received the most votes.
• The Canadian Election Observation Mission (CANEOM) to the 2014 Early Presidential
Election in Ukraine was led by Senator Raynell Andreychuk and former Ontario
Premier Mike Harris.
• CANEOM subscribes to the Declaration of Principles for International Election
Observers and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers that was
honoured at the United Nations on October 27, 2005, and endorsed by 42 intergovernmental
and international organizations.
• Thirty-five long-term observers (LTOs) arrived in Ukraine on May 6, joining a sevenmember
core team that arrived in late-April. A further 104 short-term observers
(STOs) arrived in Ukraine on May 19. CANEOM deployed teams of observers in
23 oblasts of Ukraine and Kyiv city.
• The Early Presidential Election was held, and in the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian
territory met international democratic standards for free and fair elections.
• Notwithstanding the troubling violence in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, and the
illegal annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory in Crimea by the Russian Federation,
the election was a clear and unambiguous reflection of the democratic will of the
• The Early Presidential Election in Ukraine took place in every region of the country
except occupied Crimea.
• The illegal occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by
the Russian Federation in effect disenfranchised over 1.5 million Ukrainian citizens
and deprived them of the right to vote for their President.
• Excepting Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where the violent actions of militants and
unwarranted intrusions and destabilization by the Russian Federation disturbed both
the campaign and the administration of the election, the overall campaign was
relatively calm and free of violations.
• The disenfranchisement of voters in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, as well as citizens
of Ukraine living in the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,
was not the result of actions taken by Ukraine’s governing authorities, nor its election
administration. Rather, the disenfranchisement of voters in these regions of Ukraine
was the result of illegal invasion, intimidation causing fear, and annexation by a foreign
power, or violence caused by armed militants acting outside the boundaries of law.
• The electoral and legal framework underwent several amendments over the course
of the election period to strengthen its compliance with international standards
and democratic principles. These changes balanced the protection of voting rights
and the integrity of voting processes in a difficult security environment.