2017

NEW DEADLINE - Call for Applications: Press trip to Ukrainian elections

September 2017, Berlin
On the occasion of the Ukrainian local elections on 29 October 2017, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE)
October 2017 will organize a press trip to Ukraine for German-speaking journalists, from 23 to 30 October 2017. Please see the full details of this call (in German language).

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“Golos”: On September 10, Russia held administratively controlled elections

The Central Election Commission' policy of intolerance to violations and fraud, which had been publically adopted by its new leadership, had an overall positive effect on the election process. These efforts, along with legislative restrictions on the removal of observers, significantly reduced the number of violations of voters’ rights compared to previous years. Nevertheless, observations of the September 10 elections suggest that illegal strategies and tactics are still prevalent in certain regions. Voters' distrust towards the election process resulted in low turnout.

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Photo: "Roman Udot"

Silence in the media and "administrative ressources": Golos analyses campaign for Russian municipal elections

September 2017, Moscow/Berlin

Municipal elections will take place in Moscow on 10 September 2017. As expected, current campaigning is mostly taking place under the radar. Most of the election campaigning, as observed in the week before Election Day in the streets and surrounding areas of the city, is being conducted by independent and opposition candidates. Regional media, including city television and district newspapers, continue to pay little attention to the upcoming elections. It is clear that city authorities do not care about turnout in the municipal elections. Moreover, they intend to conduct the so-called “drying” of the general turnout and only mobilize the “administratively dependent” electorate.

 

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Russian regional elections: Independent candidates face discrimination through the "Municipal Filter"

August 2017, Moscow/Berlin

On September 10, 2017, direct elections of the governors will be held in 16 regions of Russia. According to a report by the "Golos" Movement and EPDE, the most acute problems in the election of the heads of regions are linked to candidates overcoming the so-called “municipal filter.” In 8 out of 16 regions, non-systemic candidates failed to overcome the “municipal filter” because of obstruction by local and regional authorities. Almost universally in Russia, independent candidates failed to collect the required number of signatures of municipal deputies because of severe “administrative pressure.”

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Pedro Agramunt, President of the PACE (Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc)

EPDE contributes to investigation on Corruption in the Council of Europe

August 2017, Strasbourg/Berlin

During its summer session in June 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has appointed three judges to conduct an external investigation of the pending corruption cases among members of the PACE. These allegations have shattered the reputation of the most important and respected European human rights institution for years. EPDE has contributed to the ongoing investigation with its reports on politically motivated election observation.

 
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Promo-LEX Association celebrates 15th anniversary!

August 2017, Chisinau

EPDE’s Moldovan member Promo-LEX Association this year celebrates its 15th anniversary. For the past 15 years, Promo-LEX has actively promoted fair and transparent elections in Moldova and abroad, advocated and defended human rights and stood up for the civil society. EPDE warmly congratulates Promo-LEX, expresses its gratitude for the intense cooperation in the past and, in challenging times, looks forward to many more successful joint activities in the future!

 
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EPDE stands for international solidarity among citizens' election observers

August 2017, Berlin/Phnom Penh

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (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. Currently the global community of election observers is advocating independent election observation, free media and defence of human rights in Cambodia.

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Ukrainian local elections will take place on 29 October

August 2017, Kyiv
Within the framework of Ukrainian's ongoing decentralization process, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission has scheduled the first elections of City Mayors and Councilors in 202 newly united territorial communities. In total, 1 million 360 thousand people, i.e. 4% of Ukrainian voters, will have a chance to participate in the 29 October elections. The elections will be widely spread across the country, including, for instance, municipalities in Dnipro oblast in the East; Kyiv and Cherkasy oblast in the centre; and Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv oblast in the West of Ukraine.

 
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ISFED identifies challenges in Georgian pre-election environment

August 2017, Tbilisi
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 initiated in the mostly inclusive format of the State Constitutional Commission 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.

 
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A participant from 2009

International observation of the Norwegian parliamentary elections

August 2017, Oslo
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, an EPDE member, will organize for the fourth time the international election observation of the Norwegian parliamentary elections, which will take place on Monday, 11th of September. 25 observers from EPDE-member organizations in the former soviet republics will come to Norway to learn about the Norwegian election system and see it in action. Guests from Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine will have a unique chance to observe the peaceful and constructive process of election campaign and voting.

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EPDE network reports on French elections

June 2017, Paris
In June 2017, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) organized a study trip to the second and decisive round of the French Parliamentary Elections. Six election experts from the EPDE network participated in this trip, during which they met French authorities, electoral administration, candidates, influential think tanks and election experts. On Election Day, they visited several polling stations. Based on this, they published analytical articles about the elections in their national media.

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Report on Belarus Parliamentiary Elections

June 2017, Minsk

Belarusian authorities have not abandoned the repressive practices against their political opponents: peaceful protesters are still subjected to administrative liability, other civil and political rights are restricted, the country has new political prisoners. The Belarusian authorities have not made any measures aimed at systemic and qualitative changes in the field of human rights, especially at the legislative level - this is a conclusion of the recently published report on the 2016 Parliamentary Elections in Belarus by the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, both members of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".

 

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Challenges and Prospects of Electoral Reform in Ukraine - EPDE Policy Paper

25 June 2017, Berlin-Kyiv

Electoral reform is a crucial component of a strong and sustainable democracy in Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian election legislation ranks among the least stable in Europe. Six out of the last eight parliamentary elections in Ukraine were held under different electoral legal frameworks. Moreover, four different electoral systems were in place. With the next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019, international actors should take action and encourage the Ukrainian government to overcome the prevailing reform fatigue and push for the implementation of the proportional electoral system with open regional electoral lists, the right to vote for IDPs, a proper legal framework for the prosecution of eletion violations, and demand a new composition of the Central Election Commission.

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EPDE research trip to French parliamentary elections

June 2017, Paris

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and several of its member organisations from Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany and Lithuania will conduct a research trip to the upcoming second and decisive round of the French parliamentary elections. Six election experts from the EPDE network will participate in this study trip to the elections that will take place on 18 June 2017.

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Challenges for electoral reform in Moldova discussed at international conference

June 2017

On 23 May 2017, EPDE member Promo-Lex Association held an international conference in Chisinau focussing on the electoral reform currently pushed forward in Moldova. The conference took place under the title “Options and considerations for reforming the electoral system of the Republic of Moldova. Comparisons from international experience”. Based on the experience of other European countries, several international experts discussed risks and advantages of reforming the electoral law in Moldova.

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Two new electoral handbooks published by Council of Europe with support of EPDE members

Juni 2017, Straßburg

The Council of Europe has recently published the new handbooks "Reporting on elections" and "Using international election standards". Several members of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) took an active role in developing these handbooks, among them Roman Udot from GOLOS (Russia), Nicolae Panfil from PromoLEX (Moldova) and Tamar Bartaia from ISFED (Georgia).

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EPDE experts contribute to Promo-Lex' conference on electoral reform in Moldova

23 May 2017, Chisinau

 

EPDE-member Promo-Lex Association organizes an international conference “Options and considerations for reforming the electoral system of the Republic of Moldova. Comparisons from international experience”. International experts from western and eastern Europe to analyze the recent election law reform pushed forward by one of the political parties in Moldova. The experts will present pros and contras of the proposed electoral system. EPDE experts will focus on the experience in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine, where majoritarian or mixed election systems are being implemented.

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Georgian CSOs concerned about new election regulations

 

May 2017

 

Georgian EPDE member ISFED together with other Georgian CSOs address Venice Commission expressing their concerns over the planned amendments to the electoral system and specifically, the allocation of remaining seats (undistributed mandates). The constitutional draft on electoral code introduces an unlimited bonus for a party that receives the most votes – all undistributed mandates will be allocated a single party. The CSOs consider this aspect of the electoral system highly unfair and largely undermining the positive gains from the change of the majoritarian system.

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Job announcement: political public relations manager

April 2017, Berlin

 

The European Exchange is recruiting a highly qualified and motivated PR professional with an interest in political issues, especially election observation. The position is part-time and will start on 01.06.2017.

Please send your resume and cover letter to assistenz@european-exchange.org.

The deadline is 12.05.2017

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Independent Observer Public Alliance: Elections in Armenia non-free and accompanied by widespread control over voters

April 2017, Yerevan

 

‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance identified widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs. IO highlights atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters.

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters.

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

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Over 2000 violations reported during election day in Armenia

April 2017, Yerevan

 

On April 2, the 3112 independent and non-partisan observers of Citizen Observer Initiative monitored the conduct of election day in Armenia at 1521 precincts. The observers registered overall 2131 cases of violations during the preparation of voting, the conduct of voting, counting and tabulation of votes, out of which 1243 have been so far verified.

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Despite some improvements many violations reported during elections in Armenia

April 2017, Yerevan

 

Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance together with the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) presented today their findings on the monitoring of election day held on 2 April in Armenia. The independent observers concluded that despite some improvements in the electoral legislation, the number of reported shortcomings during the campaign and on election day raise doubts that the election results truly reflect the will of the Armenian voters.

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Assessment report on preparation and result of the 26 September constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan

April 2017, Baku

 

The 26 September constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan further deepened the political crisis in the country and undermined the public confidence in democratic and peaceful elections. According to civic observers and journalists who monitored the referendum, the voter turnout was artificially increased in most of the polling stations through multiple voting, voting without registration and ballot-box stuffing. The results of the referendum, therefore, do not correspond to the figures documented by the observers. 

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Golos coordinator sentenced to four days detention after protests in Saratov

April 2017, Saratov

 

On 26 March 2017 Russian police arrested hundreds of mostly young people for joining nationwide anti-corruption protests in Russia. Officially accredited Civic Monitoring Commission was deprived of the right to monitor the activities of the police. Member of this Commission and coordinator of the EPDE member organization "Golos" in Saratov Alexandr Nikishyn, who is also a correspondent of the Information Agency "Free news" ("Svobodnye novosti") and presenter of the "Open channel" ("Otkrytyi kanal") was sentenced and arrested for 4 days. 

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Citizen observers: serious shortcomings observed during parliamentary campaign in Armenia

Shortly before the election day, Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance together with the EPDE presented their findings on the monitoring of the pre-election campaign. Despite some changes in the election law, including the public display of voters lists and video recording, citizen observers are not optimistic that they would make a big difference for the entire election process. 

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Joint Press Conference on the Parliamentary Elections in Armenia

Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance, together with the EPDE will announce their action plan for the election day on 2 April, 2017. They will also present their conclusions on the observation of the campaigning period. Yerevan, March 31, 12.00 hours, Marriott hotel.

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Raid in the Office of Belarusian EPDE Member HRC Viasna

On Saturday 25 March the Minsk office of the Belarusian EPDE-member organisation Human Rights Center Viasna was raided by the police. 57 human rights defenders, among them the Chairman of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Aleh Hulak, also a member of EPDE, were detained. The lawyer of the HRC Viasna was hospitalized after he was beaten by the police.

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EPDE condemns the Armenian governments' refusal to invite international citizen election observers

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) condemns the refusal of the Armenian authorities to invite its international citizen observers to monitor the parliamentary election scheduled on 2 April 2017. Together with its Armenian member organisations Transparency International Anticorruption Center, Yerevan and the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor, EPDE strongly protest against the arbitral decision of the Armenian government.

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EPDE study visit in Netherlands

EPDE together with its Russian member Association Golos and the Lithuanian IESC observed the parliamentary elections in Holland. The election experts conducted a series of meetings with the Election Team of the Ministry of Interior, the Electoral Council (Kiesraad), the ODIHR-expert team and a range of Dutch non-governmental organisations and other observation missions. On election day, they observed the conduct of voting and vote counting in several polling stations in Rotterdamm and Den Haag.

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Round Table “Improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation’’, March 7, 2017, Brussels

On March 7, 2017, European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) - a platform of citizens’ election observation organizations from the EU-Eastern Partnership, the Russian Federation and the European Union organizes in Brussels a round table “Improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation" in cooperation with the office
of Vice-President of the European Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff.

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EPDE held preparatory meetings ahead of the parliamentary elections in Armenia

On February 17 - 22, EPDE experts Roman Udot (Movement Golos) and Adam Busuleanu (European Exchange) held a series of meetings with EPDE observers in Armenia to coordinate its study mission to the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled on April, 4. EPDE together with its Armenian partners - Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor - will monitor the polling and organize a series of press conferences and public events before and after the election day. 

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EPDE study mission to the Dutch parliamentary elections

EPDE together with its member Association Golos and in cooperation with the International Election Study Center organizes a study mission to the Dutsch parliamentary elections scheduled on March, 15. A group of election experts will exchange their experience with their counterparts in Netherlands.

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Сall for applications: Experts on Electoral System Design

EPDE member organization Promo-LEX Association is looking for two experts (one International and one National expert) to conduct a comprehensive study on the Pros and Cons of the electoral system in Moldova, the opportunity or necessity to change it, and if relevant, the best electoral systems to put in place in order to cope with the social-political developments and conflicts.

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Final Report of the Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Georgia for the Parliamentary elections, October 2016

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, few incidents of violence and intimidation of voters in some electoral districts marred the overall impression of the elections.

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Fourth EPDE Annual Conference took place in Berlin, 19-20 December 2016

On December 19-20, 2016 a fourth Annual EPDE Conference took place at the Center for International Peace-keeping Operations (ZIF) in Berlin. 19 representatives from 13 EPDE member organizations participated in the conference. During the event, new guidelines for EPDE activities in the year 2017 were developed and agreed. EPDE team also discussed common actions during the upcoming elections in the Eastern and Western Europe. The ZIF staff presented the German contribution in the international peace-keeping and election monitoring missions.

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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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