The use of mobile ballot boxes gave this woman a chance to vote at home during parliamentary elections in Belarus, 17 October 2004. (Lubomir Kotek)
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.