2013 is the second General Election year this will be done. Their presence is by official invitation from the Government of Norway. It is also based on the findings and conclusions of a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM), conducted between 4 to 6 June. The OSCE/ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)-deployed Election Assessment Mission (EAM) is headed by American Peter Eicher. Other foreign core team members are election analyst Goran Petrov (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Lisa Klein, a legal and campaign finance analyst from the UK. Sweden’s David Bismark, a new voting technologies analyist, and Yuri Ozerov (procurement and contracting officer, Russia), make up the final two foreign NAM team members. In particular, the election observers will investigate aspects related to the Internet voting pilot project.
This gives advance voters the possibility to cast their ballot for their chosen Party, and alter it, right up until Polling Day close.
US-based Carter Institute staff will also monitor this Internet voting pilot, also having sent one election observer by official Norwegian government invitation.
OSCE/ODIHR deployed Election Assessment Mission personnel will also look into the new electronic election administration system and new political finance regulations.