EPDE CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS: EXPERT ON CRISIS COMMUNICATION IN NGOS

EPDE aims to recruit an expert or a team of experts to deliver a plenary presentation and a workshop or a series of workshops one or two days between 11 and 15 December 2017 in the field of crisis communication in NGOs.

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EPDE CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS: EXPERT ON CROWDFUNDING IN NGOS

EPDE aims to recruit an expert or a team of experts to deliver a plenary presentation and a workshop or a series of workshops, one or two days between 11 and 15 December 2017 in the field of crowdfunding in NGOs. 

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EPDE CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS: EXPERT ON SHORT-TERM OBSERVATION (STO) METHODS IN MIXED AND MAJORITARIAN SYSTEMS

EPDE aims to recruit an expert or a team of experts to deliver a training on one or more days between 11 and 15 December 2017 in the field of Short-term observation methods in mixed and majoritarian systems.

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ISFED' final statement on the runoffs of the local elections in Georgia

November 2017, Tbilisi
Based on the ISFED PVT data, in the 99.7% of polling stations the counting process was conducted without major incidents. The polling station #59 in Ozurgeti district was an exception, where, apparently, there was a focused attempt to create disturbances and annul the precinct, which would influence the overall result of Ozurgeti mayoral race. Nevertheless, the integrity of electoral documentation was not threatened and, at the end, the summary protocol properly reflected the will of the voters.

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EPDE POLICY ALERT - ELECTORAL REFORM IN UKRAINE #3

November 2017, Kyiv-Berlin

On Tuesday, November 7, the Ukrainian Parliament approved in the first reading with a majority of 226 votes the draft Electoral Code, which advocates a proportional electoral system for parliamentary elections with open regional party listsHowever, many “opportunities” for delaying the process remain, as well as the risk of a lack of sufficient support among deputies during the draft’s consideration in the second reading.

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ISFED reports violations in runoffs of mayoral elections in Georgia

November 2017, Tbilisi
In an assessment of the pre-election period ahead of the upcoming runoffs of mayoral races scheduled in six electoral districts on November 12, ISFED observed instances of harassment and intimidation on political grounds intertwined with misuse of administrative resources in Ozurgeti, which threaten equal and free pre-election environment.

 

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Golos analysed non-transparent campaign financing during last local elections in Russia

November 2017, Moscow
In the first analytical report Golos reveals non-transparent financing of services during elections of governors held in September 2017. According to the report, the significant costs of services of political advisers have not been properly declared. Such financial violations which apparently exceed the limit of 10% of spendings by electoral funds of candidates can cause cancellation of election results. 

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UKRAINIAN LOCAL ELECTIONS – IMPROVEMENT OF LAW ON LOCAL ELECTIONS NEEDED

October 2017, Kyiv
On October 29, elections took place in 201 Ukrainian newly founded territorial communities. EPDE members OPORA and Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU) have observed the elections. Both organization stated that the elections once more demonstrated the necessity of improving the law on local elections.

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EPDE press trip to Ukrainian elections

October 2017, Kyiv
From October 23 to 30, 2017, upon invitation of EPDE, 5 German journalists took part in a press trip to Ukraine. The press trip focused on Ukrainian’s struggle for electoral law reform, the local elections of October 29, the decentralization process, and the country’s overall reform agenda. The journalists, representing both national and regional media and including TV, online, and print outlets, met a broad range of relevant stakeholders, including members of the Verkhovna Rada, political scientists, journalists, and electoral law experts.

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GOLOS criticizes the report of the Presidential Council on regional elections

October 2017, Moscow
In Russia, EPDE member GOLOS has criticized a draft report by the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights on the regional elections of September 10. The draft report includes a number of controversial recommendations for the future, such as limiting video monitoring and granting observer status only to members of the Presidential Council and other government institutions, thereby excluding civil society organizations.

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