Given the increased role of social media in election campaigns and the use of Facebook for discrediting electoral contestants and illegal campaigning in Georgia, ISFED is conducting a pilot Social Media Monitoring project for the 2018 Presidential Elections in Georgia.
ISFED highlights noticeable increase of new social and infrastructural projects announced after the first round of elections, which leave the impression of abuse of administrative voters ahead of elections.
ISFED responds to the statement made by the presidential candidate of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili claiming that on November 9-10 and 11, she and her children received death threats through voice and text messages.
ISFED released on 8 November a statement summarizing the post-election observation of complaints and adjudication process by the election administration. According to the findings, the standard of adjudication of electoral disputes has worsened.
ISFED, GYLA and TI-Georgia presented joint pre-election statement, highlighting the major trends of the pre-election campaign. The leading domestic observer organizations released the joint statement on October 27, a day prior to the elections.
On October 25, ISFED issued the 3rd interim report of the pre-election monitoring, covering the final stage of the pre-election period between October 1 – 24. Apart from attacks and pressure on civil society, the reporting period was marked with increased cases of abuse of administrative resource combined with intimidation.
In an open letter to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, dozens of German scientists and representatives of think tanks protest against the listing of EPDE as “undesirable organisation”.
The listing of EPDE as „undesirable foreign organisation“ in Russia limits, in the first instance, the rights of Russian citizen election observers and isolates them from international election observation.
ISFED presented its final report of monitoring of the 2017 local self-government elections in Georgia. The report (attached) covers ISFED’s key findings and trends of the pre-election, Election Day and post-election periods
The German-Russian Exchange (DRA) declares solidarity with EPDE and IESC, and their striving to promote independent non-governmental international election observation, which can contribute to the legitimacy of fair elections.
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".