“Golos” acknowledges the definite strong result of the winning candidate but declares that it does not recognize these elections as truly fair and fully consistent with the Constitution, the laws and international standards.
The Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum expresses its outrage about the inclusion of two civil society initiatives – EPDE and IESC in the list of “undesirable organisations” in Russia and claims that this decision is a move against fair elections and independent election observation.
On 1 March 2018, SWP and EPDE jointly hosted experts’ discussion. The speakers raised questions about electoral practices in Russia, stating that Russian authorities stopped active falsification of election results in 2011, but instead introduced "administrative electoral technologies".
Administrative resources were actively used by current deputies taking part in official events, which was justified by the district election commissions. This created unequal conditions for other candidates.
According to a new report by "European Values" on the past Czech Presidential Elections, where Miloš Zeman was re-elected, a massive disinformation campaign was organized in order to demobilize voters.
Current legislative restrictions on the right to be elected president that relate to previous convictions and the need for the presidential nominee to have a valid residence permit, are excessive, unfair, and undemocratic.
The fact that the application for registration of the Initiative Group for conducting a legislative referendum was rejected, puts in doubt the citizens’ right to directly exercise sovereignty. Promo-LEX Association is alarmed by the trends that take shape in the society.
The Movement for Defence of Voters' Rights Golos criticises the political surveillance of its participants since August, 2017. Golos participants were subjected to additional checks at border crossing for about 50 times.
The Court rejected the complaint filed by HCA Vanadzor challenging the lawfulness of the territorial electoral commission’s actions and the decision made, and, the plaintiffs were deprived of the opportunity to appeal the decision by re-examination.
The second Winter Camp for election observers of the member organisations of the European Platform for Democratic Elections took place in Warsaw, Poland, involving a large group of experts, observers and volunteers from Eastern and Western Europe.
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In 99.7% of polling stations the counting process was conducted without major incidents. The polling station #59 in Ozurgeti was an exception, where, apparently, there was a focused attempt to create disturbances and annul the precinct.
In an assessment of the pre-election period ahead of the upcoming runoffs of mayoral races scheduled on November 12, ISFED observed instances of harassment and intimidation on political grounds in Ozurgeti.
In the first analytical report Golos reveals non-transparent financing of services during elections of governors held in September 2017. According to the report, the significant costs of services of political advisers have not been properly declared.
On October 29, local elections will take place in 202 newly united territorial communities across Ukraine. According to a report by OPORA, few violations were committed during the formation of election commissions and their first meetings.
35 EPDE election observers and experts from seven countries took part in the study trip organized during the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic. On both voting days, the group observed the voting and counting process.
Three draft laws on the parliamentary elections, registered in the Parliament in December 2014, have finally been added to the agenda of the Parliament for the first reading on Thursday, October 19, 2017. However, all three initiatives failed to receive necessary support in the Parliament.
The Georgian local self-government elections took place on October 21, 2017. According to ISFED, the voting process was mostly conducted in compliance with election procedures. Violations were again reported in the electoral district of Marneuli.
There were no official international observers at the September 10, 2017 elections, but election commissions and media reported about a group of foreigners who came to Russia with the informal status of “foreign experts.”
On September 26, the Parliament of Georgia passed constitutional changes affecting the electoral system. Despite heavy protests by the opposition, civil society, and the Venice Commission, the mixed voting system will not be abolished until 2020.
Electoral reform is currently not on the agenda of the Ukrainian Parliament. However, with the next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019, the Parliament should start to discuss the already existing draft laws on parliamentary elections and the Elections Code right now.
Golos has criticized a draft report by the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights on the regional elections of September 10. The draft report includes a number of controversial recommendations for the future.