I just had a note from my contact inside the election observing mission:
I heard today that they will ask for 900 observers. The only route is through Foreign Ministries who will send official observers. I am unsure if we will get this number – when we asked for 600 we got 350. Some of the “big” states sent 0!
By all means ask people to apply to their respective Foreign Ministries. I am unsure what effect the clash with xmas will have – surprisingly it has not been too much of a problem in other years, but then this number of observers was never requested before.
However, if you’re Irish, don’t put yourself out. I got this note from the relevant person in the Department for Foreign Affairs in Dublin:
The OSCE have requested that priority be given to those who have already participated in the Election Observation Missions on the two previous occasions [ie the two rounds of the presidential election in November]; so far, two people are available to return (for the third time) to Ukraine. There will also be representation from the Department. I also have Observers on our Roster who participated in the Elections in Ukraine last time [ie the parliamentary elections in 2002]. I therefore would not require any new offers at this stage.
However, I invite anyone who is interested in being part of our Roster to complete our application form; following that we invite applicants for an interview at this office. These interviews take place regularly here.
She did send me a copy of the form, and I’ll happily pass that on, together with her contact details, to interested parties (ie Irish citizens interested in future election observation missions).