2014

Repressions in Azerbaijan: civic observers unable to monitor municipal elections on 23 December 2014

Azerbaijani civic observer organization Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) is concerned about the ongoing violations of human rights and the crackdown on civil society and opposition political parties. Therefore, EMDS will not be able to carry out long-term and short-term observation of the 2014 Municipal Elections.

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EPDE expresses solidarity with political prisoners in Azerbaijan, Warsaw, 12 December 2014

EPDE demands Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and to allow for their full rehabilitation. EPDE expresses solidarity with political prisoners in Azerbaijan, its fellow human rights defenders, and calls the governments of democratic states to follow the principles of universal human rights and the rule of democratic values in their contact with the Azerbaijani government.

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Public discussion with civic observers from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, Warsaw, 11 December, 19.00, Club Chmury

European Platform for Democratic Elections cordially invites to a public discussion on the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Moldova. With Serhi Tkachenko, Comitee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk, Nicolae Panfil, Promo-LEX, Chisinau and Lilia Shibanova, GOLOS, Moscow. The discussion will be held in Russian with Polish translation.

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EPDE expert assessment on the parliamentary election in Moldova

The parliamentary election in Moldova took place in a competitive environment. A scandal concerning cancelation of electoral registration of one of the parties overshadowed the final days of the campaign. The voting process on election day happened in a calm atmosphere, and established procedures were largely followed. Some irregularities were observed during the election day, however, they did not influence the election results. The recently introduced electronic State Voter Register was not fully operational in all observed polling stations. The criteria for establishing polling station abroad were not clear and contested by some of EPDE respondents.

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EPDE to send expert mission to Moldova

EPDE deploys expert mission to observe the parliamentary elections in Moldova scheduled for 30 November 2014. 16 representatives of EPDE member organizations from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine will observe the voting process in the area of the capital of Chisinau.

 

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EPDE holds training for citizens observers in Armenia

From December 16 through December 18, EPDE holds a training for Armenian citizen election observer groups on coalition building and new methods of election observation.

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Presidential elections in Romania: EPDE experts' mission conclusions

The presidential election in Romania was conducted in a competitive environment, with 14 candidates registered for the first round. The final days of the election campaign were overshadowed by corruption scandals that dominated the public debate and media coverage. Despite the efforts of civil society groups, a formal TV debate between the candidates did not take place due to the main election competitors’ lack of willingness to participate. The voting process on election day took place in a calm atmosphere, and established procedures were largely followed. Widespread procedural shortcomings occurred during the counting process, but they did not influence the final results. A matter of concern on the part of the EPDE mission was the absence of sufficient safeguards against multiple voting, which created the potential for manipulation of votes.

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First results of the election observation from CVU and OPORA

The overall conduct of the early Parliamentary elections has demonstrated a strengthened democracy in Ukraine. Local election observers have recognized Ukraine’s parliamentary elections as democratic, reported Berit Lindeman, the representative of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, during a press conference on October 27, 2014 at the International Media Center in Kyiv.

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5,5 years of prison for EPDE board member Anar Mammadli

Baku, 27th May 2014

On 26th May 2014, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes sentenced Anar Mammadli, chairman of EMDS (Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre) and EPDE board member to 5.5 years of imprisonment. His deputy Bashir Suleymanli was sentenced to 3,5 years and arrested in the courtroom. The head of the Public Association for International Cooperation of Volunteers Elnur Mammadov was given the same term with 2 years on probation.

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Voting in Donbas: updated map

Updated map of open polling stations in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk

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Shibanova: "We hope that ECHR can stop the destruction of the most powerful and independent NGOs in Russia"

"Everyone is waiting for the ECHR’s decision on this issue. It has been more than two years since as a number of Russian NGOs appealed to the ECHR to consider the facts of pressure that has been systematically used by the Russian authorities against civil society, including the use of the infamous crime law, which is completely contrary to the international agreements signed by Russia."

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Video: Golos' Press Conference on Election Day, Moscow, 15.09.2014

Press conference conducted by Association Golos in Moscow, 15 September 2014:

See the video HERE (Russian)

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Golos' Preliminary Statement on Election Day, Regional and Local Elections, Russia

Moscow, 15 September: In several regions the level of irregularity was very high. Particular mention should be made on the violations which occurred in Samara Oblast and Tyumen Oblast and in the Bashkortostan Republic. In St. Petersburg the irregularities were systematic, starting with the unique techniques to refuse to admit candidates in the registration phase, to the anomalously high proportion of votes cast early (9%) to a whole range of incidents on election day in which the rights of candidates and election observers were infringed upon.

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Golos' report on regional and local elections in Russia

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation, there are 5322 elections and referenda scheduled for 14 September 2014, including 30 gubernatorial elections, twelve regional legislative elections, three mayoral elections in regional capitals and 19 elections to the legislative assemblies of regional capitals. Local (self-government) mayoral elections will be held in 1593 municipal formations, and 3125 municipal formations will be holding legislative elections.

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Moscow City Court: Golos is not a "foreign agent"

On September 1, 2014 the Moscow City Court canceled the decision to bring the Golos Association and Lilia Shibanova to administrative responsibility for allegedly receiving foreign funding while not being registered as "foregn agent". The Moscow City Court's ruling put an end to one and a half years litigation between the Golos Association and the Ministry of Justice of Russian Federation. The Ministry of Justice should immediately remove Golos from the registry of "organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent".

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EPDE Panel Discussion "Ukraine after the Presidential and before Parliamentary elections. Developments in the East of the country"

Berlin, 24 June 2014

The panel discussion "Ukraine after the Presidential and before Parliamentary elections. Developments in the East of the country" organized by EPDE took place on 24 June 2014 in Berlin. Two experts from Ukraine Serhij Tkachenko (Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk) and Piotr Andrusieczko (Polish journalist currently working in the East of Ukraine) shared their views on the current situation in Ukraine and the future development of the country.

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Worldwide protest against conviction of Anar Mammadli, EPDE board member - GNDEM Letter to President Aliyev

Berlin, 18 June 2014

EPDE and other members of the Global Network of Election Monitors (GNDEM) sent a letter to Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan expressing great concern about the sentencing of Mr. Anar Mammadli, chairman of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) and board member of EPDE. He was convicted to 5,5 years in prison in a Baku court on May 26, 2014. In the same case Mammadli's deputy, Bashir Suleymanli, was sentenced to 3,5 years and Elnur Mammadov, head of the partnering NGO the Public Association for International Cooperation of Volunteers was given a 3,5 years term with 2 years on probation.

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ISFED Statement on Local Elections in Georgia 15 June 2014

Tbilisi, 16 June 2014

EPDE member organization International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) conducted monitoring of local self-government elections in all electoral districts around Georgia on June 15, 2014.

Based on its PVT data, the ISFED concludes that the voting process was conducted in an organized and calm environment throughout the country. Opening, voting and counting procedures at the majority of polling stations were in line with the rules determined by the Georgian legislation.

 

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EPDE at the annual conference of Global Network of Domestic Election Montoring GNDEM

Mexico City, 5 June 2014

EPDE as one of six regional networks of Global Network of Domestic Election Montoring GNDEM participates at the annual conference of GNDEM in Mexico City. Together with Damaso Magbual from the Asian Network for Free Elections and Dansa Kourouma from the Westafrican Election Observers Network in Mexico City EPDE has set up a working group for the worldwide solidarity and defense of independent citizens' observers.

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NEWS AND REPORTS

EPDE supported its Ukrainian members  Committee of Voters of Ukraine CVU  tl_files/EPDE/LOGOS/Committee of Voters of Ukraine CVU.jpgand the  Civil Network OPORA tl_files/EPDE/LOGOS/Civil Network OPORA (Ukraine).png and conducted election observation of the recent Presidential elections in Ukraine on 25 May 2014. 

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Elections Unanimously Declared Fair and Free by OPORA, CVU, and EPDE

Kyiv, 27th May Today, three election observation missions from the Ukrainian NGO Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU), OPORA Network, and the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), presented their results of the Ukrainian presidential and local elections. Together, the three organizations deployed more than 6,000 independent elections observers across all Ukrainian regions.

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Mission statement of the European Platform for Democratic Elections

Kyiv, 27th May

European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) led a mission of short-term observers for the presidential election in Ukraine. Initially, 823 observers were supposed to be deployed across all Ukrainian regions.

 

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EPDE observers after ballots counting complete short-term mission

Kyiv, 26th May

International observers of short-term monitoring mission have attended 1153 polling stations in 9 regions of Ukraine: Kiev, districts of Kiev, Lviv, Poltava, Odessa, Zhitomir, Chernigov, Dnepropetrovsk and Northern part of Lugansk region. Worth to mention that monitoring was carried out not only in Ukrainian districts but also in the embassies of Ukraine in Russian Federation and Finland. Unfortunately, observers were not allowed to attend polling station in Consulate in Rostov on Don.

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EPDE observers visited 1049 polling stations during the presidential elections in Ukraine in 2014

Kyiv, 25th May

At 8:00pm, international observers of the short-term monitoring mission attended 1049 polling
stations in 9 regions of Ukraine.

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Mid-day Summary of Ukrainian Presidential Elections

Kyiv, 25th May, 17>40

This is a summary report of three election observation missions from the Ukrainian NGO Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU), OPORA Network, and the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), which together have almost 6,000 observers in all Ukrainian regions.

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EPDE observers continue monitoring the elections in Ukraine

Kyiv, 25th May, 15>00

International observers continue short-term monitoring of the presidential elections in Ukraine.

 As on 3 pm, 200 international observers have attended 679 polling stations in 9 Ukrainian regions. Mobile teams composed of two international observers and an observer from the civil network OPORA (Ukraine) will visit 1,500 PECs to ensure procedural compliance.

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URGENT: operative information about the work of election commissions in the Donetsk region at 9:00

Donetsл, 25th May, 2014

Observers of joint monitoring campaign DRO "Committee of Voters of Ukraine" and network OPORA in Donetsk reporting that on 9:00 15 District Election Commissions didn’t work:

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EPDE observers went to the Ukrainian polling stations from 7 am

Kyiv, 25 May 2014

Despite yesterday's Administrative court resolution to cancel the decision of the CEC, short-term observers from Russia within the mission of the European Platform for democratic elections (EPDE) to monitor the presidential elections in Ukraine began to work since a court decision is not in force.

There are more than 200 international observers in nine regions of Ukraine. Our observers were present at the opening of 75 polling stations. Mobile teams of two observers who on election day should visit about 1,500 PECs carry to out examination.

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Joint Press conference of Domestic Observers and International Experts

 

Conference Announcement

Joint Press conference of Domestic Observers and International Experts, 27 May 2014, at 11.00

Independent domestic observers and international experts evaluate the conduct of election campaign and the voting day.

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Contact to Domestic Election Observers and Experts in Ukraine

Kyiv, 23rd May 2014

We hope that you arrived well in Kiev! We invite you to make the International Media Center your base of operations for your stay here.

 

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Russian and Ukrainian Election Observers unite in solidarity to observe presidential elections in Ukraine 25 May

Kiyv, 23rd May 2014

The Russian citizens’ observers will contribute to the overall international monitoring of these important elections for Ukraine and Europe. All members of the mission have experience from monitoring elections in Russia on behalf of the renowned Russian election watchdog organization Golos. The Russian citizens’ observers complement the work of the prominent Ukrainian election observation organizations OPORA and Committee of Voters of Ukraine, who already have 6000 domestic observers in activity all over the country. The Ukrainian and Russian NGOs are both members of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE).

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9 years prison requested for EPDE board member Anar Mammadli

Baku, 23th May 2014

On 21st May at the Baku Court of Grave Crimes, the state prosecutor requested 9 years prison sentence for Anar Mammadli, chairman of EMDS (Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre) and EPDE board member, 8 years 6 months for his deputy Bashir Suleymanli and 8 years 6 months for Elnur Mammadov, Director ICV.

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EPDE, OPORA, CVU: Joint Press Conference "Preparations for elections - Expectations for Election Day"

Kyiv, 22nd May 2014

EPDE, OPORA, CVU announced a Joint Press Conference "Preparations for elections - Expectations for Election Day", May 23, 1 pm, Venue: International Media Center, 27a Khreshatyk street, Kyiv

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The CEC of Ukraine refused the accreditation of EPDE mission

Kyiv, 19th May 2014

On Monday May 19th, the Central Election Commission of Ukraine issued accreditation for observers from international organizations. To our great disappointment, our mission has not received the expected accreditation.
We disagree with the decision of the CEC. Together with our Ukrainian partner OPORA, we have brought the decision by CEC to court.

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Civil Society Media Center opens in Kyiv

Kyiv, 20th May 2014

Domestic observer’s groups Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU) and the Civil Network OPORA supported by the experts of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) open their International Media Center in Kyiv for the upcoming Presidential Elections in Ukraine.

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EPDE Civic Experts’ Mission to the Presidential Elections in Ukraine Starts its Field Visit to Ukraine

Berlin, 8th May 2014: Today, EPDE Civic Experts’ Mission to the Presidential Elections in Ukraine starts its field visit to Ukraine. Until 15th May, the EPDE Experts’ team (Arkadii Lyubarev, Piotr Andrusieczko and Maria Amparo Tortosa-Garrigós) will carry out their research on the following aspects:  

  • Analysis of the impact of the conflicts in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine on the conduct of Presidential elections;
  • Analysis of the role of the media in the context of the 2014 Presidential elections in Ukraine, particularly from the perspective of the situation of media in the Eastern regions of Ukraine;
  • Monitoring of the conduct of the election campaign, particularly from the perspective of occurrence of such problems as abuse of official position (administrative resources), voters’ bribery, unsatisfactory activity or sabotage of the work of the electoral bodies and law enforcement agencies.
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EPDE conducts election observation of the upcoming Presidential elections in Ukraine

Berlin, 7th May 2014: European Platform for Democratic Elections conducts observation of the voting during the upcoming Ukrainian Presidential election and invites EDPE members and all Declaration of Global Principles endorsers to participate in this election observation.

 

The aim of the EPDE is to assist citizens’ election observation in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and in the Russian Federation, and to contribute to democratic election processes throughout Europe.

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Ukraine elections 2014: Press release by CVU and OPORA on the first stage of election campaign

Kyiv, 30th April 2014: Kyiv, 30 April 2014: Based on the results of a long-term observation during the first stage of election campaign for the 2014 Presidential elections in Ukraine, the two monitoring organisations: the all-Ukrainian non-governmental organisation “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” (CVU) and the Civil Network OPORA came up with their conclusions.

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First Court Hearing against EMDS held in Baku

Baku, 21st April 2014: Baku Court of Grave Crimes dismissed on the first court hearing on April 21st the laywers' petitions to discontinue the criminal case against EPDE board member Anar Mammadli, his deputy Bashir Suleimanli and Elnur Mammadov, Director ICV. The petition to change the pre-trial detention of Anar Mammadli into house arrest was denied as well. Next court hearing is scheduled for April 28 at 11.00 at Baku.
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Free Anar Mammadli ! Chronicle of the arrest

On December 16th Anar Mammadli, chairman of EMDS, Baku, and board member of EPDE has been imprisoned for a three months pre-trial detention. Anar Mammadli risks up to five years of imprisonment if convicted. This is an attempt to destroy independent and critical election observation in Azerbaijan one year ahead of the Parliamentary elections and a reaction to EMDS' critical assessment of the Presidential elections in October 2013. Anar Mammadli has to be released immediately!

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Call for Experts for the Presidential Elections in Ukraine

In the framework of the project supported by the European Commission the EPDE will deploy an Experts’ Mission to the Presidential Elections in Ukraine, planned to be held on May 25, 2014. The Experts’ Mission will concentrate on the need-based support and assistance offered to EPDE platform members in Ukraine to run independent election observation efforts and analysis/expertise of the main problematic issues related to the electoral policies and legislation. The EPDE is looking to select a team of international experts who will be capable to accomplish the objectives of the project.

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Call for Experts for Needs Assessment among Election Observers

Berlin, 19th March 2014: International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (Georgia), European Exchange (Germany) and Promo-LEX Association (Moldova) have launched in the framework of EPDE an assessment of the training and development needs of EPDE members and thus, aim to build the basis for a series of capacity development activities as well as programmatic activities for the EPDE members.

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STATEMENT of Committee of Voters of Ukraine and Civil Network OPORA on illegitimacy of so-called referendum in AR Crimea

On March 6, 2014, Verkhovna Rada of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol City Council adopted a resolution on so-called referendum on the status of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. Committee of Voters of Ukraine and Civil Network OPORA state the following: Members of Verkhovna Rada of ARC and Sevastopol City Council do not have relevant powers; There is no law on organization and holding of local referendums in Ukraine; Terms of conducting and provisions on organization of so-called referendum do not meet general international standards.

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Ukraine: Amendments to Election Law Needed

EPDE members OPORA and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine as well as the Media Law Institute call for urgent amendments to the Ukrainian election legislation ahead of the Presidential elections scheduled for May 25th 2014.

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PACE members demand liberation of Anar Mammadli

During the Winter Session from 27-31 January 2014 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) expressed its concern on the imprisonment of Anar Mammadli, Chairman of the Azerbaijan election observation organisation EMDS and board member of EPDE.

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