Violence marred an overall orderly Election Day in Georgia

In general, with regard to both legislation and implementation, the elections on 8 October confirmed the trend in which Georgia’s recent elections have been more in line with international standards than what was previously the case. While voting was orderly in most cases, the situation deteriorated shortly before the closing of the polls when groups of unidentified persons started gathering around precincts. Three incidents observed by the Mission marred Election Day.

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Jaroslav Borka, MP Czech Republic, Communist Party

Fake Observers Praise Primaries in Occupied Territories in Eastern Ukraine

The internationally unrecognized “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republics” (“DPR”/”LPR”) held so-called “primaries” on October 2, 2016. Approx.  30 international observers made public statements on the high quality of the “primaries” in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions to the local and Russian newspapers. Among them were five members of right and left wing factions of the national and regional European parliaments.

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EPDE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

EPDE together with its partner organisation Norwegian Helsinki Committee are observing the parliamentary elections in Georgia. 40 observers from 13 domestic citizen election observation organisations from eight countries will observe the conduct of the election day around the country.

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Aleksandar Nikoloski, PACE Vice-president and leader of the fraudulent PACE observation mission to Azerbaijan. Foto:

International “Election Observers” Whitewash Fraudulent Referendum in Azerbaijan

On September,26 2016 Azerbaijan held a hastily called, and controversial, referendum. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Committee of Regions of the European Union, the notorious “European Academy for Election Observation” and a series of European politicians have issued overwhelmingly positive assessment of the referendum. EPDE is highly critical to their statements which stand in sharp contrast to the critical assessment made by local independent citizens’ election observers. EPDE is alarmed at the irresponsible behaviour of the above mentioned “international observers” who damage the institution of election observation, which should be based on well-established and transparent methodology, and be fair, objective and impartial. The behaviour of these members of parliaments also harms the reputation of the parliaments they are representing.

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ISFED: violations of the electoral legislation became frequent

As the electoral campaign moved into an active phase, violations of the electoral legislation became frequent. ISFED detected the following incidents during the reporting period: 3 cases of alleged political dismissals; 11 cases of intimidation; 12 cases of abuse of administrative resources; 8 cases of interference with campaigning; 6 cases of violence; 4 cases of possible vote buying; 2 cases of vandalizing party offices; 37 cases of destroying campaign materials 4 cases of using hate speech; 8 cases of campaigning by unauthorized individuals. 

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EMDS: Referendum in Azerbaijan failed to meet international standards

Due to shortcomings in situation of democracy and political freedoms prior to and during the Referendum, including the voting day, the Referendum failed to meet requirements of election legislation and international commitments of the country with regards to democratic elections.

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Statistical estimates of vote counting fraud during Russian State Duma elections by Sergey Shpilkin

At least four times in the modern history of Russian elections, vote counting fraud, as estimated statistically, had significant consequences for the political development. According to the statistical estimates of the Russian election expert Sergey Shpilkin, the amount of fradulent votes in favour of the "United Russia" during the State Duma elections  in September 2016 was 12,6 million, what allowed "United Russia" to regain the constitutional
majority in Duma. 

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ISFED preliminary report on Parliamentary elections in Geogia, October 8, 2016

During the reporting period a special electoral regime came into effect. In particular, the prohibition to amend budgets and increase the amount of unplanned welfare benefits became effective, special media regulations started to apply, and the staffing of precinct election commissions (PECs) by district level commissions (DECs) was completed. In addition, registration of electoral subjects came to an end: a total of 6 electoral blocs and 24 parties will be competing in the parliamentary elections of Georgia.

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OPORA appeals to foreign governments, international organizations, and NGOs concerning involvement of Crimea in the RF State Duma elections

Civil Network OPORA All-Ukrainian NGO calls on foreign governments, leading international organizations and national observation organization from different countries not to recognize the results of election to the State Duma of Russian Federation as an election, which corresponds to the generally recognized democratic standards and reflects the will of Russian electorate. This appeal is based on OPORA's extensive experience in independent election monitoring efforts and participation in international dialog dedicated to raising the quality of election process.

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Golos on Duma Elections: far from being free and fair

Considering that, regardless of this year’s reduced coverage of polling stations by independent observers, there were still reports of individual acts of ballot box stuffing, “carousel voting,” voting under pressure, and other irregularities, it is evident that these strategies have not been rooted out and are still widely used. Overall, the elections of deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation are far from being truly free and fair.

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