Documents

2023

Policy Alert

Electoral reform in Armenia: Always room for improvement

EPDE

The Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia, has proposed amendments to the electoral code and other legal acts to enhance existing regulations.

In the recently published Policy Alert, expert Tigran Mughnetsian sheds light on the draft bill on amendments to the electoral code and provides recommendations for improvements.

 

General Local Elections

Fifth and final report of the Observation Mission Promo-LEX for the General Local Elections

Promo-LEX

Promo-LEX Association published on Friday, 17 November, the Report no. 5 of the Observation Mission for the Local Elections from 5 (19) November 2023, which presents findings on the work of electoral bodies, examination of contestations and notifications, performance of competitors, including their financial reporting, as well as use of hate speech in the campaign for the second round of local elections.

 

General Local Elections

Fourth report of the Observation Mission Promo-LEX for the General Local Elections

Promo-LEX

Report no. 4 of the Promo-LEX Observation Mission for the General Local Elections from 5 November notes perpetuation of practice of legal framework problematic interpretation and implementation.

 

General Local Elections

Third report of the Observation Mission Promo-LEX for the General Local Elections

Promo-LEX

In Report No. 3 of the Observation Mission (OM) for the general local elections from 5 November, Promo-LEX notes a significant rise in cases that could be qualified as misuse of administrative resources, a greater involvement of civil servants in campaign activities and non-reporting of full campaign expenditures by electoral competitors.

 

Parliamentary elections and referendum 2023 - preliminary report

PAF

EPDE Member the Political Accountability Foundation (PAF) published a short translation of their preliminary election and referendum report. It encompasses a summary of their observation both during the election campaigns as well as voting day itself. In the report, PAF recommends to improve and standardise the training system for members of electoral commissions, introduce mechanisms to ensure respect of the secrecy of the vote, increase and harmonise the rights of observers, revise the number of mandates allocated to electoral districts, reduce the upper limit of the number of inhabitants per voting precinct, and develop mechanisms that seek to prevent the introduction of legislative changes to the regulations governing the electoral and referendum process in a period shorter than the 6 months required by the Constitutional Court.

For the full report in Polish, click here.

 

General Local Elections

Second report of the Observation Mission Promo-LEX for the General Local Elections

Promo-LEX

Promo-LEX Association presented on Thursday, 5 October, the second Report of the Observation Mission (OM) for general local elections from 5 November 2023, in which it notes worrying trends that may affect both the organisation and conduct of electoral process and results of elections.

 

Policy Alert

The upcoming 2023 referendum and parliamentary elections in Poland: key concerns about the “double celebration” democracy day

EPDE

The recently published Policy Alert voices concern about the decision of the Polish government to hold a national referendum alongside the elections for Sejm and Senat, citing the short time for public debate, the wording of questions of the referendum, its binding effect, campaign finance regulations, and general organizational issues. The authors propose several recommendations to address these concerns.

By Magdalena Musiał-Karg and Fernando Casal Bértoa.

 

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.

 

General Local Elections

First report of the Observation Mission Promo-LEX for the General Local Elections

Promo-LEX

On 5 September, Promo-LEX Association launched the work of the 25th Election Observation Mission (OM) and presented the first Monitoring Report of general local elections from 5 November 2023.

 

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.