AT A GLANCE
Within the project “The eye of the voter”, 30 volunteer election observers will travel from Sweden and Italy to support the domestic election observation carried out during the Polish parliamentary elections held in October/November 2023. The project is as a pilot preparing for a larger-scale, pan-European exchange of election observers during the European Parliament elections in May/June 2024. Even though the aim of the project goes beyond election observation, framing it as such will not only help participants gain specific skills, including critical thinking, which they can apply in their respective countries, but help achieve the project’s objectives of strengthening common values, fostering civic engagement and participation through several ways. Overall, domestic election observation is essential for promoting democracy, inclusive democratic participation, European identity and citizenship, human rights, and the rule of law. By ensuring free and fair elections and promoting transparency, accountability, and the protection of human rights, election observation can help build public trust in the democratic process and encourage citizens to participate in their governance.
“The eye of the voter” is promoting civic engagement and at specific – election observation – among groups of voters with traditionally lower turnout rates. Building cross-border trust and understanding of cultural backgrounds is one of the main objectives of the project. The aim is also supporting the domestic observers in strengthening free, fair and democratic elections in Poland.