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Observers could monitor US elections


Observers could monitor US elections
« on: August 10, 2004, 11:50:17 AM »
We brought it on ourselves.

Observers could monitor US elections

Mark Oliver and agencies
Tuesday August 10, 2004

After the shambles of the hanging chads in 2000, it emerged today that this year's US presidential election might be the first in the country's history to be monitored by international observers.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - which has a respected track record of monitoring elections, mainly in developing countries - revealed it had been approached by the US state department.

The Vienna-based OSCE said it would send a team to the US next month to determine whether to accept the task of monitoring the November elections.

"The whole idea is to make an overall assessment and then determine what sort of observation, if any, should be carried out," Curtis Budder, a spokesman for the OSCE's Warsaw-based human rights office, said.,12271,1280232,00.html