Democracy Promotion & Election Observation

Summative Program Evaluation Of DFATD’s Multilateral Elections Observation Program (MEOP) 2008-2013 Final Report by Plan:Net Limited March 20, 2014.

Regarding CANADEM, all major stakeholders (partner organizations [OSCE, OAS, COMSEC, EU, Carter Center, UNDP], individual observers, and DFATD (development managers) who had worked with or through the organization spoke very highly of its ability to enable Canada’s participation in electoral missions, noting that both CANADEM and its staff were professional, effective and efficient in their roles, and that they leveraged technology effectively (through the organization’s database of Canadian election observers) to identify appropriate candidates for EOM participation. Furthermore, multilateral partners, individual observers, and DFATD personnel commented on the level of professionalism displayed by CANADEM…

– Page 15 [Read the full report]

  • The focus was on five organizations – COMSEC, EU, OSCE, OAS, and CANADEM, who were responsible for the lion’s share of MEOP program activities.
  • These excerpts are merely some of the strong reviews received by CANADEM:

…CANADEM’s performance has been exemplary in acting as a service organization to operationalize Canadian election observers for both multilateral and bilateral missions.”

– Page 55 [Read the full report]

  • Note that the reference to operationalizing bilateral missions refers to CANADEM’s five election observation missions including Mission Canada Ukraine 2012 where the three month EOM we mounted had 422 observers and 438 local staff.


In the past, CANADEM has worked with the Government of Canada to send observers to monitor elections around the world. With over 130 missions deployed to more than 40 countries, CANADEM has played a crucial role in strengthening the democratic process globally. By drawing on a civilian reserve of screened Canadian electoral and governance experts, we short-list observer candidates and conduct deployment logistics for selected candidates.

For a review of CANADEM’s performance under DFATD’s previous Multilateral Elections Observation Program (2008-2013) see the report here:  Page 15

CANADEM’s past election observation missions have supported the OSCE in their missions around the world for elections that respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability, with the financial support of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Past International Election Observation Missions and Partner Organizations

Following an invitation from the Government of Ukraine and the Central Electoral Commission, a 422-strong independent bilateral election observation mission was mounted by CANADEM – dubbed Mission Canada – Ukraine Elections 2012 – to observe the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28, 2012.

The mission’s objectives were to observe, record and report on whether the election result genuinely reflects the democratic expression of the voters of Ukraine. Mission Canada released its final report on 26 March 2013.


Click here to see our evaluation.



CANADEM has been involved in Election Observation Missions with the following partners:

  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
  • European Union
  • Carter Center
  • International Election Monitors Institute (IEMI)


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