The lack of scrutiny created by coronavirus scares me. It will only help autocrats – article for The Independent

I’ve written an article for The Independent about the risks that authoritarians will use the Cover-19 pandemic to gain ground as elections go ahead without proper international observation.

I’ve also suggested that the decision to merge the UK’s Foreign Office with the Department for International Development is an opportunity for the country to become a global leader in election observation.

You can read it here.

EPDE booklet on politically biased election observation

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) has launched a new paper looking at political bias in election observation. EPDE is a joint grouping aimed at strengthening the quality of election observation in Eastern Europe, Russian Federation and European Union.

The paper suggests that a number of elections have seen independent and biased observers recruited in order to dampen the impact of larger or more legitimate missions either for domestic or international consumption.

The paper suggests that politically biased observers do not adhere to international codes of conduct or observation methodologies and/or are made up of people with predisposed views in favour of the incumbent regime.

You can read the paper here.