The Africa Program is pleased to release the latest installment of its Occasional Paper Series entitled " Election Observation Missions: Making Them Count," which assesses the process of international election observation with special reference to its post-election consequences. In this paper, Joe Clark, former prime minister of Canada and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, argues that a more focused policy approach to international election observation "follow-up"—comprising a firm and common practice and clear penalties—is needed if international election observation missions are to make their intended impact.

This paper is a synthesis of the discussions held at a conference entitled "Elections Observation Missions: Making Them Count," sponsored by the Africa Program and the Canada Institute of Wilson Center, on April 29th, 2005. The conference featured representatives of major non-governmental organizations and multilateral institutions engaged in international election observation. Elizabeth Voeller, research assistant to Joe Clark and Marianna Ofosu, research consultant with the Woodrow Wilson Center assisted in the production of this paper. Full conference transcripts are available for this conference, by following the links below.

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