What we do
Recognizing that democratic elections form the basis for legitimate government, the OSCE observes elections throughout its 57 participating States. It also provides technical assistance to improve the legislative and administrative framework for elections in specific countries. Some OSCE field operations carry out elections-related activities, including training for election commission members, media and police as well as voter education initiatives. They do not, however, take part in election observation missions in their countries of operation. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights observes elections, reviews legislation and advises governments on how to develop and sustain democratic institutions. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly leads election observation missions.