Secondments to election observation missions

FBA is commissioned by the Swedish government to second Swedish personnel to international election observation missions led by the EU, OSCE and The Carter Center. Election observation contributes to democratic development and can help preventing electoral violence.

Swedes have participated in a large number of international election observation missions since 1989, observing both presidential and parliamentary elections as well as local elections and referendums all over the world. Since 2016, FBA is tasked with recruiting, training and seconding Swedish personnel to international election observation missions. We are the only Swedish government agency with this task.

FBA deploys personnel to election observation missions led by the EU, OSCE and The Carter Center; three internationally renown actors with long experience within the field of election observation.

An election observation mission is intiated when a country is planning to hold elections, and invites the EU, OSCE or The Carter Center to observe the voting process.

If an organization accepts the invitation, the member states of the organization will be requested to deploy personnel to the election observation mission to be held. The Swedish government does a yearly review of requests for Swedish participation in international election observation missions, and decides which missions Sweden will contribute personnel to.

Thereafter, it is FBA’s task to train and prepare personnel for deployment to those missions. Each year, some hundred Swedes are being deployed from FBA to international election observation missions.

The personnel deployed from FBA to election observations missions are representatives for Sweden abroad and part of Sweden’s efforts for international peace, security and development, just like the personnel deployed from FBA to peace operations.

FBA only deploys personnel of Swedish nationality.

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