I monitor elections with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and ODIHR (Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) and USAID (United States Aid for International Development).
OSCE is composed of Northern Hemisphere nations (their motto is from Vancouver to Vladivostok). I have monitored elections in Azerbaijan (2005 - USAID), Ukraine (2007), Macedonia (2008) and Kyrgyzstan (2009).
The teams always consist of two observers (from different nations), a driver and an interpreter. Observation missions consist of familiarization with the area, observing the opening of a polling station, observing the voting at 8 or so polling places, observing the closing of a station, observing the counting process and the entering the vote tallies at the District Election Commission.
|The election team - driver, Kathy Parkison, Sergei (from Russia) and our interpreter|
|At a polling station - the team of Kathy and Sergei|
|voting instructions in Moldavian|
|Obviously they use paper ballots|
|Sorting ballots by candidate name - there were 26 candidates overall|