at the Presidential Elections in


DEADLINE: Wednesday, 1st of April 2020 at 23.59 CET

WHEN: The election is set to be on the 10th of May 2020. Therefore, the program for observers will be from the 5th of May to the 11th of May, where the 5th is an arrival day, and the 11th is debriefing and departure day. 


Poland is increasingly seen as a leading case of democratic backsliding in the EU thanks to a series of illiberal measures pushed through by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, who ascended to power in 2015. This year, the incumbent President Andrzej Duda supported by the PiS party is running for a second term. He is currently polling at around 40%, which is 20% higher than his biggest opposition Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska. The Civic Platform nominee is the first woman believed to have a serious shot at the Polish presidency and is running as a protectorate of polish law and constitution.


Do you want to be in the midst of this election, and are you interested in democracy and how an election works in practice? Then join Silba’s EOM to Poland as an international observer!

We expect that you:

  • Are between 18 and 35 years old

  • Are a member of Silba. You can become a member here.

  • Are available from the 5th of May to the 11th of May.

  • You must pass the free OSCE E-Learning course “Comprehensive Course for OSCE/ODIHR Observers” before the EOM begins. You need only to focus on the short-term observation part of the course. If you have completed the course during the last year, it is not a necessity that you complete it again. The course can be found here.

  • It is not a requirement that you have previous experience in monitoring elections. However, knowledge of the country or region is highly valued.

By joining you:

  • Strengthen your CV 

  • Get the opportunity to establish new international networks

  • Exchange views with like-minded youth

  • Join a dynamic team

  • Get great experience! 

The participation fee for this EOM is 250 euros. This covers accommodation, food, and other expenses during the program. In addition, you will have to pay for your travel expenses (including eventual visa costs) to Poland. We would like to note that all our activities are non-profit, which means all the money will go to covering the cost for you as a participant!

NB: Silba reserves the right to cancel the EOM in case of safety issues at any time. Silba's safety assessment is based on open-source information and the Danish foreign ministry's travel advice. Silba will not send observers to unsafe areas.

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