December 21, 2018

CANADEM recruiting long-term electoral observers


OTTAWA – On December 6, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced up to $24 million in support for Ukraine’s democracy ahead of the 2019 election cycle in Ukraine.

The sum of $11 million has been specifically identified for election observer missions. CANADEM has been identified as the implementing partner and is now recruiting long-term electoral observers (LTOs) for Ukraine’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

The presidential election is scheduled for March 31, 2019, with a possible runoff on April 21, 2019, and Parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 27, 2019.

CANADEM is particularly looking for candidates who are ideally able to commit to both elections. However, they are willing to accept applications for either election individually.

Tentative deployment dates for selected observers to the presidential election are February 11 to April 7, 2019, (if there is only one round) or, in case of runoff elections, LTOs would remain in the field until April 28, 2019.

Tentative deployment dates for parliamentary elections are the last week of August until the first week of November 2019.

Those interested and available may apply at the Mission Canada website The deadline for applications is January 2.

The application will give volunteers an opportunity to mark your availability for both elections (not just for LTO, but also for short-term deployment). 

CANADEM is not currently recruiting for short-term observers. Another round of recruitment specific to short-term observers will be announced closer to the dates of elections.