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OSCE monitors Norway parliamentary elections. Foreign Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Carter Center personnel oversee Polling Day, 9 September. 2013 is the second General Election year this will be done. Their presence is by official invitation from the Government of Norway. It is also based on the findings and conclusions of a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM), conducted between 4 to 6 June.

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OSCE monitors Norway parliamentary elections

Published on Monday, 9th September, 2013 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th September 2013 at 10:14.

Foreign Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Carter Center personnel oversee Polling Day, 9 September.

Norwegian ballot box
Norwegian ballot box
Photo: Lars Røed Hansen/Wikimedia Commons


2013 is the second General Election year this will be done. Their presence is by official invitation from the Government of Norway.

It is also based on the findings and conclusions of a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM), conducted between 4 to 6 June.

The OSCE/ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)-deployed Election Assessment Mission (EAM) is headed by American Peter Eicher.

Other foreign core team members are election analyst Goran Petrov (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Lisa Klein, a legal and campaign finance analyst from the UK.

Sweden’s David Bismark, a new voting technologies analyist, and Yuri Ozerov (procurement and contracting officer, Russia), make up the final two foreign NAM team members.

In particular, the election observers will investigate aspects related to the Internet voting pilot project.

This gives advance voters the possibility to cast their ballot for their chosen Party, and alter it, right up until Polling Day close.

US-based Carter Institute staff will also monitor this Internet voting pilot, also having sent one election observer by official Norwegian government invitation.

OSCE/ODIHR deployed Election Assessment Mission personnel will also look into the new electronic election administration system and new political finance regulations.

The major seven Parties have reportedly spent NOK 85 million (some USD 14 million/EUR 10.61 million/GBP 8.94 million at today’s ROE) on this year’s campaign.

Of this sum, the Opposition accounts for NOK 49 million (about USD 8 million/EUR 6.11 million/GBP 5.15 million).

The Red-Green Coalition has spent NOK 33 million – roughly USD 5.43, EUR 4.12, and GBP 3.47 million, respectively – business daily Dagens Næringsliv reports.

According to the OSCE, there will not be systematic or comprehensive voting or vote counting observation.

Nevertheless, staff will “visit a small number of polling stations across the country to follow Election Day procedures”.

“I am happy that international observers will be following the election,” says Deputy Local Government and Regional Development Minister Eli Blakstad in a statement.

“This helps maintain confidence in the election process, while we will gain an outside perspective on our own electoral system and election process. It is always useful, and is important when considering any changes,” she adds.

Personnel from the OSCE/ODIHR will be in Norway until 11 September. They will issue their report some two months after the General Election.

The Gallup Polls decidedly point towards a Centre-Right-Right Wing victory.

In descending order, company Poll of Polls’ figures show the Conservatives (H) will get 27.4 per cent of the votes, Progress (FrP) 15.4 per cent, Christian Democrats 5.9 per cent, and the Liberals 5.4 per cent.

This gives the current Opposition 54.1 per cent, total.

For the Red-Green tri-partite Coalition, figures for Labour (Ap), Centre (Sp), and the Socialist Left (SV) are 29.2, 5.2, and the Socialist Left (SV) 4.8 per cent, respectively (39.2 per cent, total).



Published on Monday, 9th September, 2013 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th September 2013 at 10:14.

This post has the following tags: norwayelection, pollingdaynorway.





  
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