Working as a UK election monitor

The FCO does not recruit election monitors directly, but contracts one of three non-governmental organisations who select the monitors.



The UK supports the Organisation for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) by aiming to provide 10 per cent of all observers. For each election which the UK sends observers to, the relevant NGO organises the entire mission, including selection of observers, insurance, flights etc.

To attend a mission, you must first check the criteria for selection and if you think you are suitable, you should register with the relevant non-governmental organisation (NGO). Monitors must be British, have a good understanding of the region, maybe speak the language, be in good health, have election / democracy experience and be fluent in English.

For further details on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, its field operations, future missions and working as a UK election observer or UK secondee, please visit the Elections page on the OSCE website.

NGO contact details

David Kidger
Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
Off Southgate
West Yorkshire

SOLACE website

The British East West Centre/The Britain Russia Centre (BEWC)
Wilcox House
42 Southwark Street
London SE1 1UN


BEWC website