The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) yesterday confirmed that it would send an observation mission to Serbia during the April 3 parliamentary and presidential elections.
The head of the mission, Douglas Wake, said that the decision came after the official invitation of the relevant institutions, namely the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Serbia.
The main team will consist of 16 international experts based in Belgrade and 27 long-term observers who will be deployed to 13 locations throughout Serbia. ODIHR plans to request the deployment of 250 short-term observers a few days before the elections to do monitoring during election day and to count votes.
Wake said that social media data will be observed for the first time and there will be media monitoring so that representatives will track how many political actors will appear in the media and how they are reported about. The media monitoring mission is expected to begin next week.
(Vecernje Novosti, 23.02.2022)
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