Working as a UK election monitor

The FCO does not recruit UK election monitors directly, but contracts one of 3 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who select the UK monitors.



The UK supports the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organisation for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) by aiming to provide up to 10 per cent of all election observers on an ad hoc basis.

For ODIHR election observation missions to which the UK sends UK citizens who hold UK passports, the relevant organisation / Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) organise the entire mission, including selection and recruitment of observers, insurance, flights etc.

To participate in a ODIHR election observation mission, you must first check the criteria for selection and, if you think you are suitable, you should register with the organisation/NGOs. Election observers must:

  • be UK citizens who hold UK passports
  • have a good understanding of the relevant region
  • maybe speak the language
  • be in good health
  • have election / democracy experience
  • be fluent in English

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

Published 2 April 2013