Founded in 2017, IFSSE is a non-profit, non-partisan, international, non-governmental organisation, dedicated to the monitoring of elections across the globe, protected by European Convention. We are also an Accredited Observer Organisation with the Electoral Commission.
IFSSE is proudly partnered with stabilisation.eu, an award-winning small charity, that provides pro bono safety, security, and risk consultancy to civil society organisations and charities worldwide.
The Executive Director of IFSSE is James Michael Wilson, a Certified Election Observation Management Professional, and a highly experienced election observation expert.
In 2017, immediately following the release of the Guidelines for Public Security Providers in Elections by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), IFSSE was launched as a unique initiative to observe elections across the OSCE region explicitly in the context of the implementation of the guidelines.
IFSSE was the first organisation to develop a comprehensive observation methodology and practice, based on OSCE best practice and guidelines, to monitor full-spectrum security provision through the electoral process, including public security providers, private security companies, and other non-state and/or informal security actors.
Although IFSSE was formally founded in 2017, our electoral expertise dates back to 2007. IFSSE election experts have been heavily involved in election observation and electoral assistance missions across the globe, including over 15 separate election operations with OSCE field operations, OSCE ODIHR, European Union, and other missions, including:
Kosovo, Assembly of Kosovo Central Elections, 2019.
Ukraine, Parliamentary Elections, 2019.
Ukraine, Presidential Elections (second round), 2019.
Ukraine, Presidential Elections (first round), 2019.
Turkey, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, 2018.
Kosovo, Local and Mayoral Elections (second round), 2017.
FYR Macedonia (North Macedonia), Local Elections (second round), 2017.
Kosovo, Local and Mayoral Elections (first round), 2017.
FYR Macedonia (North Macedonia), Local Elections (first round), 2017.
Kosovo, Collection of votes operation for Serbian Parliamentary Elections, 2016.
Ukraine, Local Elections (second round), 2015.
Ukraine, Local Elections (first round), 2015.
Kosovo, Gračanica/Graçanicë Municipal By-election, 2015.
Kosovo, Serbian Bosniak National Minority Council Elections, 2014.
Kosovo, Assembly of Kosovo Central Elections, 2014.
If you are interested in having an expert from IFSSE as an officially accredited observer, particularly for the monitoring of the compliance with the guidelines regarding security service providers, then please contact us directly at email@example.com