Mongolia Today: Monitoring the Election

Our role as election observers is a slightly different one this time in Mongolia than it had been in 2008 and 2009 when I monitored the parliamentary and presidential elections, respectively. The biggest difference will be the presence of accredited domestic election observers and the shift from paper ballots to electronic voting machines. This year’s election law introduce the status of domestic election observers who are nominated by civil society organizations. I have heard some discussions that there will be numerous observers of this kind which is wonderful. Their observations will hopefully not only contribute to a fair election, but will also dispel some of the nearly constant talk of election fraud that has marred previous elections and underlines confidence in democracy. Party observers will still play an important role in election observation, but I suspect that many Mongolians themselves will see them as fulfilling a role of enforcers, rather than as independent reporters on procedures. To read the full article, click hereMonitoring the Election

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