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Local Elections in Belarus

Report on monitoring the formation of precinct election commissions

BHC & Viasna

The precinct election commissions (hereinafter —PECs) are the key actor of the election process. It is the PECs that directly organize and conduct early voting, voting on Election Day, and home voting, counting of the votes and tabulation at the polling stations. As in the previous local elections, one of the essential legally - enshrined obstacles to the nomination of representatives of political parties and public associations to the PECs is a requirement to possess registered local branches.

 

Local Elections in Belarus

Report on the results of monitoring the registration of nomination groups

BHC & Viasna

According to the observers, the registration of nomination groups was marked by several flaws, e.g. in the Orša district commission. The commission registered a nomination group of Sviataslau Chernikau, head of the Radunskaje agricultural enterprise, who specified his party affiliation as the “Belaya Rus party”. After observers of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections” objected that there is no such party in the country, the commission agreed but did not change its decision, promising to look into the matter.

 

Golos Analytical Report

Crucial Changes in Legislation Regarding Russian Presidential Elections of 2018

Golos

The Golos Movement presents the analysis of key changes in the legislation of the Russian presidential elections of 2018, comparing them with 2012. While some of the changes were aimed at democratization of elections, many amendments introduced brought new restrictions on the right to be elected, candidate registration, election monitoring, among others.

 

Golos Analytical Report

Fixed Games: How candidates compete in elections

Golos

There was no real competition in the elections of the heads of regions held in Russia on September 10, 2017. This is the conclusion of the experts of the movement “Golos” in a new report assessing the level of competition in elections after analyzing the final financial reports of the candidates. Opposition political parties refused to substantially fund the election campaigns of their own candidates for heads of regions.

 

Golos Analytical Report

Hunger Games: Political consultants during gubernatorial elections worked "for food"

Golos

The system of financing election campaigns and political parties in Russia remains opaque. Often, the costs of paying for the services of political consultants, which make up a significant share of the expenses in any major election campaign, remain in the "shadow." At the same time, financial violations amounting to more than 10% of the limit of an electoral fund are grounds for cancelation of the election results. Thus, the prevailing practice raises questions about the legitimacy of past election results.

 

Local Elections in Belarus

Monitoring report on the formation of district election commissions

BHC & Viasna

Executive officials still demonstrated an obviously discriminatory approach to the opposition parties during the formation of the District Election Commissions (DECs). The introduction of a requirement to consider the candidates’ professional and personal qualities did not contribute to greater political pluralism. The process of formation of the DECs took place in an atmosphere of greater transparency as compared to the previous local elections of 2014, but in general the new practices and the results of the formation of the DECs did not differ from previous election campaigns.

 

 

EPDE Policy Alert

Electoral Reform in Ukraine #3

EPDE

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 lists. However, 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.

 

Local Elections in Belarus

Monitoring report on the formation of territorial election commissions

BHC & Viasna

As in the previous local elections, one of the major obstacles to nominate representatives to the territorial election commissions (TECs) from political parties and public organizations is a rule endorsed by the Central Election Commission which only allows the nomination of candidates by the organizations’ local branches, provided they are registered at the regional, district and city levels.

 

 

Local Elections in Georgia

Final Results of the Election Day According to ISFED PVT Data

ISFED

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.

 

Local Elections in Georgia

Evaluation of the Pre-Election Period of the Runoffs

ISFED

The monitoring found that the period between the first and the second round of local self-government elections was marked by instances of harassment/intimidation on political grounds and misuse of administrative resources in Ozurgeti, which threaten equal and free pre-election environment.

 

Golos Analytical Report

Analytical report on the election campaign for Municipal Elections in Moscow on September 10, 2017

Golos

EPDE publishes the second report, written by its Russian member, the “Golos” Movement, which analyzes in detail electoral problems, practices and challenges of the elections, held on "Single Voting Day", 10 September 2017. According to the report, the very topic of the elections is treated with silence in the media, and the election commissions that organize municipal elections are not overly zealous in informing voters about the election date.

 

Golos Analytical Report

Analytical report on administrative control over the procedure of collecting signatures of deputies and heads of municipal entities in support of candidates (“municipal filter”)

Golos

On “Single Voting Day” of 10 September 2017, elections of various levels will take place in Russia. The heads of the regions (governors) will be elected, as well as the deputies of regional legislative bodies and members of the State Duma in single-mandate constituencies.  On the occasion of these elections, EPDE publishes a series of “Golos” reports. Please see the first report of this series, dealing with the existing “municipal filter” practice which is accompanied by widespread “administrative pressure” on municipal deputies and the use of public resources, helping to ensure collection of signatures in favor of certain administrative candidates. 

 

EPDE Statement

Statement condemning Cambodian Government’s harassment of domestic and international human rights organizations and media institutions

GNDEM
Cambodia

EPDE has been an active member of the Solidarity Group of GNDEM (Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors) since 2014. With this, EPDE is part of an international community of election monitoring organizations that advocate fair and transparent elections worldwide. In many countries, authoritarian regimes oppose independent election observation and joint effort is needed to support democratric developments. Currently the global community of election observers is standing up for independent and unobstructed election observation in Cambodia. Please see the statement in support of free elections and democracy in Cambodia.

 

Local Elections in Georgia

ISFED identifies challenges in Georgian pre-election environment

ISFED

The local self-government elections in Georgia will take place on 21 October 2017. The Georgian EPDE member ISFED has recently published a report assesing the pre-election environment. According to the report, constitutional changes were the major issue of civil society and political discussions ahead of the elections. The process of constitutional reform reached a sort of a stalemate in late June, after the ruling party made an unexpected decision to postpone changes in the electoral system until 2024.

 

Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

Results of Independent Observation: Facts, Analysis, Comments

BHC & Viasna

The report provides an analysis of all stages of the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the sixth convocation held on 11 September 2016.  Despite the fact that the vote was accompanied by unfavorable trends in the social and economic spheres, the campaign took place against a more favorable internal political background as compared to earlier elections.

 
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