When a decision is made to observe an election, ODIHR requests long- and short-term observers by notifying the delegations of OSCE participating States in Vienna.
The procedure for recruiting observers varies from country to country, but the process is generally co-ordinated by the respective foreign ministries. As a rule, it is the sending states that cover the costs of the observers.
For information on national procedures for recruiting observers, please contact the relevant permanent delegation to the OSCE in Vienna.
Please do not contact ODIHR directly.
The OSCE/ODIHR strongly encourages all interested observers to undertake the e-learning course for short-term observers.
Note: No application fees are required by OSCE/ODIHR for its recruitment process at any stage (application processing, interview meeting, training or any other fees).