Observers should be given copies of all protocols and tabulation sheets.
- Candidates and their representatives, as well as observers, were able to observe polling and counting
- Party agents and accredited observers were given copies of the protocols and tabulation sheets from the results center
- The vote-counting process was transparent and observable
- The electoral management body provided citizens with access to information throughout the electoral process
- International observers were accredited and were able to access and comment on all parts of the electoral process
- ...[O]bservers and the media should all have the right to receive copies of the official results of each polling station ('protocols') which should also be made available to the general public by posting in a public place.
- The legal framework should clearly specify that observers can make copies, or shall be given copies, of all protocols, tabulation and tally sheets.
- Observation is not confined to the actual polling day but includes ascertaining whether any irregularities have occurred in advance of the elections (e.g. by improper maintenance of electoral lists, obstacles to the registration of candidates, restrictions on freedom of expression, and violations of rules on access to the media or on public funding of electoral campaigns), during the elections (e.g. through pressure exerted on electors, multiple voting, violation of voting secrecy, etc.) or after polling (especially during the vote counting and announcement of the results). Observation should focus particularly on the authorities’ regard for their duty of neutrality.