Importance of elections and their independent observation highlighted at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Learning and Development Lecture   

A number of distinguished guests from the Commonwealth family including the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Josephine Ojiambo, representatives from the UK Foreign Office, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda Government offices in London and staff members at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Headquarters Secretariat heard from renowned lawyer and election observer, Dame Audrey Glover DBE at a special CPA learning and development lecture.

Introduced by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan, Dame Audrey Glover spoke on the subject of "Why elections and their observation are important and what the challenges to election observation are” and reflected on the role of the OSCE in observing elections and the challenges it faces. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the work of the OSCE more widely with Dame Audrey. 

Dame Audrey Glover is an experienced international lawyer, specialising in human rights law and its application, international election monitoring, gender equality, negotiation and problem resolution. 
After reading law at King’s College, London, Dame Audrey was called to the Bar where she practiced before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a legal adviser. During her FCO career, she was the UK Agent before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights. She was later seconded with the rank of Ambassador to the post of Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

In 1998 Dame Audrey left the ODIHR to become the Leader of the UK Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission, a post she held for six years. She became the Human Rights Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and helped to create and advise the Ministry of Human Rights. Since 2004 she has headed 18 election observation missions on behalf of the OSCE including the presidential elections in the USA (2016), Mongolia (2013 and 2016), Albania (2015), Spain (2015), Hungary (2014), Bulgaria (2014), Ukraine (2012) and Azerbaijan (2011). She was also co-leader for the presidential elections in Tunisia in 2014 and for the parliamentary elections in Guyana in 2015 for the Carter Center.

Dame Audrey is a Trustee of the UK Prison Reform Trust and an Adviser to the British Institute for Human Rights. More recently, she has become an advisory member of the Board of Gender Action for Peace and Security.  She is also on the UN Mediation Roster and is a Fellow of the Institute of Stability and Transition in Washington. Dame Audrey received a DBE in 2005.

The CPA learning and development lecture series has heard from a wide range of speakers across different areas of parliament, government and international development to give CPA staff and stakeholders an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding.

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Published on Thursday 13th April 2017.


Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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