Russian EPDE member "Golos" awarded 2017 Democracy Defender Award in Vienna

The Russian EPDE member organization, the Movement to Protect the Voters' Rights "Golos" was awarded the international "2017 Democracy Defender Award" by 22 OSCE delegations. The Ceremony will be held in the Austrian capital Vienna on 18 January. "Golos" was awarded for "outstanding contribution to the promotion of democracy and human rights." [Live stream at 12.00 Vienna/Berlin/Brussels, at 06.00 Washington DC]

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Belarus: Priority recommendations on reforming electoral legislation [VIDEO]

The civil campaign Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections has presented a policy paper on its recommendations aimed at reforming the electoral legislation of Belarus. According to the campaign’s experts, these recommendations are crucial for the conduct of free, fair and democratic elections. [Video]

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Parliamentary Elections in Georgia 2016: FInal Report

The parliamentary elections held in Georgia on 8 October 2016, with repeat voting in a few precincts on 22 October and a second round of voting in a number of single-candidate constituencies on 30 October, were generally in line with international standards. However, the authorities need to investigate and address the serious shortcomings described in this report and by other observer missions.

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EPDE board member Lilia Shibanova prevented from leaving the Russian Federation

Lilia Shibanova, the founder of the Russian election observation network "Association GOLOS" and a board member of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) is currently being prevented from leaving the Russian Federation. While entering the Russian Federation in November 2016, she was a subject of a strict border control. The passport of Lilia Shibanova was apparently invalidated.

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Federal Elections in USA: Expert trip by EPDE and the Russian GOLOS

The U.S. and the whole world is in shock after the unexpected results of the U.S. presidential election. Once again, like in 2000, the candidate who won the popular vote lost the election as a whole after securing only a minority of the electoral college. But while Al Gore, who in 2000 lost the election to George W. Bush, received only about 500,000 votes more in the popular vote, now  the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is already 670,000, and it is estimated to end up at about 2 million. News, articles and reports by the EPDE observers -

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EPDE monitors the polling in majoritarian districts in Georgia

On 30 October Georgia holds the second round of the parliamentary elections. 20 EPDE observers from eight countries are deployed around the country to observe the election process.

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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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