The commonwealth commemorates 40 years of election observation with a symposium and expert forums

2020 marks 40 years of Commonwealth Election Observation, while 2021 marks 30 years since the first Commonwealth Guidelines on international election observations were adopted. These milestones present a unique opportunity to review and commemorate the Commonwealth’s work in international election observation and how it contributes to the promotion of democracy in member countries, in order to strengthen its value and impact.


As part of our celebration the Secretariat has organised a Commonwealth Democracy Day Symposium which will be held over two days on 15 and 16 September. This will be followed by four Expert Forums held in September and October. Please refer to the programme attached for further information on the sessions.


The Commonwealth warmly invites you to participate in these events by registering at the following links:



Please note, you will have to register separately for each session in the channels above.

For more information see this page