Election Observation: Theory and Practice (EOTP)
The project, launched in 2007 at the initiative of the students of the European Humanities University and SILC, aims at providing young Belarusian civic activists, Belarusian and Lithuanian students with theoretical and practical experience in election monitoring and related issues.
The EOTP project is jointly implemented by the United Centre of Initiatives for Belarus (JuBIC), Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC), European Humanities University and Belarusian Human Rights House.
The project provides young Belarusians with analytical and critical framework for evaluation of political processes and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the experience of independent observers from Belarus and to gain practical skills via actual observation of elections in the neighboring countries. The combination of the theoretical and practical parts is helpful both for election observers with prior experience in the field as well as for those who do not have these skills. In this way, it is possible to target different groups who could share experience and contribute to the increase in the number of Belarusians with the understanding of the importance of free and fair elections for the democratic future of Belarus.
The format of the project allows to combine the expertise of prominent political scientists, experience of active observers and the work and efforts by highly motivated participants to improve the situation in the country. Participation in the project of Lithuanian, Norwegian and Swedish students is beneficial for the multicultural nature of the project activities.
As of October 2009, five observation missions were already held within the above framework: in Norway (September 2007 and September 2009), Georgia (May 2008), Lithuania (October 2008 and May 2009). The support was provided by SILC (Swedish International Liberal Centre) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
More information about the project is available on the project website.