Reports

Challenges for election campaign finance in Georgia

ISFED

EPDE member ISFED published a study on financial challenges for Georgian political parties and election campaigns. The study aims to identify the financial challenges for the election campaigns of the political parties during the elections, as well as invisible barriers for regional politicians, women, representatives of ethnic minorities, and independent candidates.

 

EPDE Publication

Enhancing the integrity of the 2024 European Parliament elections

EPDE
EU in focus

This policy paper aims to contribute to the integrity of the 2024 European Parliament (EP) elections by: Highlighting risks and opportunities in the political campaign and electoral processes including mal-intended interference, disinformation, and challenges of shrinking civic space; Pointing out where to enhance equality, inclusion, transparency, and accountability; Providing recommendations for improving integrity and security.

 

Early parliamentary elections

Financing of political parties in the Republic of Moldova

Promo-LEX

In 2022, the legal framework for the financing of political parties was subjected to a series of changes which will improve the process of party financing. For the most part, they
entered into force as of January 2023. Promo-LEX latest report takes stock of the financial situation of Moldovan political parties in 2022 and provides further regulatory recommendations.

The full report is available on Promo-LEX' website (in Romanian).

 

Electoral systems for Georgia's representative bodies

ISFED

EPDE member ISFED published a policy paper which evaluates electoral systems for three levels of representative bodies in Georgia – the Parliament of Georgia, Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and Municipal Councils - and proposes solutions to their shortcomings. The policy paper is produced with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

 

Political Online Campaigns in Central Europe

PAF

EPDE member Political Accountability Foundation along with Transparency International Slovakia, Political Accountability Foundation Poland, Whom to vote Czechia and K-Monitor Public Benefit Association Hungary published a report on the regulation of political online advertising in the Central Europe region.

 

EPDE Publication

Active citizens for a vibrant democracy

EPDE
EU in focus

This study compares citizen election observation regulations across the EU and identifies common challenges and possible responses to those. The recommendations of this study seek to enhance the regulation of independent citizen election observation and advocate for the introduction of OSCE recommendations and implementation of standards regarding citizen election observation into EU and EU MS's law.

 

Policy Alert

Law on Foreign Agents in Georgia is an attack against civil society

EPDE

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) voices its severe concern over the draft bill “On Transparency of Foreign Influence” in Georgia. The stigmatization of non-governmental organizations as "foreign agents" marks the next stage in the Georgian parliamentary majority's fight against civil society. The draft law is based on the Russian example, where a similar law was introduced a decade earlier and led to the de facto liquidation of NGOs involved in monitoring political and social processes and, first and foremost, monitoring elections.

 

Policy Alert

Single Voting Day 2022 held amid war and restrictions of fundamental freedoms

EPDE

The Single Voting Day in Russia was conducted amid the ongoing war against Ukraine and restrictions on fundamental freedoms at home. Freedom of speech and expression are under attack as independent voices and sources of information have been systematically shut down. Simultaneously, the election conditions were fundamentally unfair, as candidates were blocked from participating.

 

Manual for the media identifying fake election observers

EPDE

This manual helps journalists identify politically biased or "fake" election observers during election processes.

 

EPDE Publication

Media and Freedom of Expression in the EU – Eastern Partnership and Russian Federation

EPDE

This report is published at a time of Russian invasion of Ukraine. It underscores the central role of freedom of expression in the maintenance of democracy at home, as well as international order and security abroad. This report provides the analysis and conclusions on the state of freedom of expression and the work of the media in seven countries of the EU Eastern Neighborhood, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia.

 

EPDE Publication

Puzzling rules-equal game?

EPDE
EU in focus

This study compares political finance regulations across the EU and identifies common challenges and possible responses to those. The recommendations of this study seek to enhance EU-level regulation of political finance with the aim to replicate this at the national level.

 

Election report

Referendum 2022: Final report

BHC & Viasna

Significant violations of national legislation and the fundamental principles of holding fair and democratic elections during the referendum, including depriving observers of the opportunity to witness the vote count, does not give grounds to trust the election results announced by the CEC.

 

Armenia

Comprehensive monitoring report on reforms in Armenia

HCAV

Several Armenian civil society organizations, including EPDE members Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor and Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, released a comprehensive monitoring report on the progress of reforms in Armenia.

 

Hungary

Government-Friendly Election Observers at the 2022 Hungarian Parliamentary Elections

EPDE

For the first time in the history of any EU Member State, Orbán’s government invited dozens of friendly politicians, journalists and civil society activists whose aim was to endorse the elections. Those friendly observers – among them members of the European Parliament and of the PACE of the Council of Europe - praised the conduct of the parliamentary elections in Hungary and made clearly political statements in support of Fidesz and Orbán.

 

Policy Alert

A tilted playing field favors the government in Hungary’s April 3 parliamentary elections

EPDE

Parliamentary elections are taking place in Hungary on April 3 and will be decided among two political blocks in an unprecedentedly polarized environment. Several concerns raised regarding the elections relate to the legal environment, while others to the uneven playing field, especially regarding the media landscape and campaign financing, which all tilt the playing field toward the incumbent government.

 
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