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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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)

 

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.