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.
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".
On the occasion of the Ukrainian local elections on 29 October 2017, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) October 2017 will organize a press trip to Ukraine for German-speaking journalists, from 23 to 30 October 2017. Please see the full details of this call (in German).
The European Exchange is recruiting a highly qualified and motivated PR professional with an interest in political issues, especially election observation. The position is part-time and will start on 01.06.2017.
The experts developed a strategy of election monitoring in the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership and Russia for the coming years. A special guest, prof. Pippa Norris presented the Electoral Integrity Project.