Civil society initiatives for the observation and assessment of electoral processes are important to inform decision-makers, legislators and the wider public about the current status of electoral practices in relation to international standards and commitments (UN, OSCE, Council of Europe). Wahlbeobachtung.org (Election-Watch.EU) published recommendations for improvement and advocates for a broad, participative, inclusive election reform process. To date the OSCE/ODIHR deployed a record (for so called established democracies) of nine Election Missions to Austria and came up with a total of 44 election recommendations.
The Austrian electoral legislation does not include observation of elections by Austrian citizens or civil society initiatives. This contradicts Austrian commitments within the framework of the OSCE.