OSCE: We received invitation to monitor elections in Serbia
In a short amount of time, the OSCE will send a mission to assess the needs and make recommendations for the work of an observation mission
The OSCE Mission to Serbia said it has received a letter inviting the organization to send observers to oversee the election process in Serbia.
"On September 11, the mission received a letter on from Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, who heads an inter-agency working group on cooperation with the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), officially inviting the ODIHR to oversee the election process in Serbia. The mission immediately translated the letter and forwarded it to the ODIHR," said a statement posted on the OSCE Mission to Serbia's Facebook page.
The statement added that "preparations for monitoring the electoral process are picking up in Serbia, as top authorities explicitly expressed their willingness to welcome an ODIHR Observation Mission" - which, as an independent institution within the OSCE, monitors elections in member-states.
ODIHR election experts have visited Serbia three times this year, the statement recalled.
The OSCE will soon send a mission to assess the needs and make recommendations for the work of the observation mission, the statement added.