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2015

Germany

EPDE Annual Conference Took Place in Berlin, 14-15 December 2015

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.

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Armenia

Armenia: Interviews with EPDE experts on the Technology of Stealing Votes [VIDEO]

Armenia

Referendum assessed as illegitimate by Citizen Observers and EPDE

Numerous manipulations of the voter lists, violations during the voting and the vote count, as well as high number of cases of direct falsifications of results by electoral commissions influenced the final outcome of the referendum.

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Armenia

Referendum in Armenia: EPDE opens media center in Yerevan

Domestic and international experts will provide exclusive information on the preparations for the Constitutional Referendum scheduled on 6 December 2015 and the conduct of the voting day.

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Ukraine

Ukraine 2015 Local Elections: EPDE Experts Reports

15 EPDE members assess proceedings of the Ukraine Local Elections held in October and November 2015. Election experts report on key aspects :  new election law, campaign in Donbass, so called "fake observation" and voting opportunities for IDPs. 

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News

Parliamentary Elections Marred by Political Imprisonment, Violations of Freedoms to Assembly, Association, and Expression

source: apa.az

Azerbaijan

Whitewashing of Flawed Parliamentary Elections Through PACE and Other EOMs

A significant number of international observation missions registered for the recent Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan have violated international standards of election observation. 

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News

EPDE expert evaluation of the parliamentary election in Poland, 25 October 2015

EPDE notes that the rights of the proxies and international observers are described insufficiently in the Electoral Code. In some of the polling stations members of election commissions were not aware of the rights of international observers.

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Invitation: EPDE expert discussion 27 October, 13.00, Kyiv

Ukraine

EPDE observes local elections in Ukraine

A group of civic election observers from the EPDE member organizations from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Norway, Poland and Russia observe the local elections in Ukraine scheduled for 25 October 2015. 

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Azerbaijan

Failing preconditions to hold free and fair parliamentary elections

EMDS received credible allegations that voters providing signatures in favor of registration of opposition candidates faced wide-spread pressure and intimidation and in number of occasions withdrew their signatures.

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Belarus

Results of the monitoring of the Presidential Elections

Belarus

Report on the results of monitoring of the first day of early voting by the Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

The early voting started at the elections of President of the Republic of Belarus on October 6 in conformity with the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus. 

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Armenia

Civic observers protest against the intransparent pushing for constitutional reform in Armenia

Armenian authorities push forward a referendum on comprehesive constitutional amendments changing the governance system  from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary one. 

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Belarus

Analytical report on the results of weekly observation 28.09 -04.10 by the Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

Observers note the closed character of the electoral commissions, refusals of the election commissions to provide observers with relevant information are registered all over the country.

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Belarus

Brief Summary on the Preparation Stage by the Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

The elections will not be free, considering their preparation by the electoral administration, which should ensure a high turnout and a definite result during early voting. 

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Azerbaijan

Shameful statement of PACE pre-electoral mission raises concern about impartiality of PACE delegates

On 21 and 22 September a PACE delegation consisting of the delegates Jordi Xuclà, Aleksandar Nikoloski, Egemen Bagis and Agustín Conde visited Azerbaijan for a pre-electoral mission.

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EPDE

Citizens’ election observation under pressure - Challenges for international institutions and civil society

The topic of the event is the increasing political, legal and administrative pressure against independent citizens' observers in OSCE countries. Examples from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus will be discussed.

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Russia

Statement on the Results of Civic Election Observation

On the election day “Golos” reported various instances of such violations in publications, press releases from regional branches, and via the regular video feed of the call center and the press center.

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Russia

Golos Report on the Final Stage of Agitation

As a rule, the targets are opposition parties and candidates who are perceived to be serious competitors to the authorities. Unfortunately, in these situations the police is often sluggish or simply does nothing.

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Russia

Local elections in Russia, 13.09.2015: Golos Report on the Agitation

There are increasingly more cases of hindrance of lawful campaign activities, and law enforcement agencies do not always intervene to prevent such acts. 

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Russia

GOLOS analyses unlawful foreign campaign financing

Judging by this year’s continuing trend, the number of re-elected governors with foreign donors will increase after Election Day on September 13. The biggest beneficiaries of foreign funds are the candidates nominated by the ruling “United Russia”.

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Golos and EPDE protest against continuing persecution of civic election observers in the run-up of Local Elections 2015

The Practice of Bringing to Justice Members of Election Commissions for Electoral Violations

In the run-up to Election Day, scheduled for September 13, 2015, Golos conducted the monitoring of the judicial practice of holding election commission members legally responsible for electoral law violations.

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Russia

Nomination of Candidates and Registration of Party Lists fot the Local Elections

Russia

Local Election in Russia, 13.09.2015: Golos' Report No.1

“Golos” draws public attention to deviations from the standards of democratic elections, primarily evident in the manipulation of electoral law for political reasons shortly before the elections.

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Russia: EPDE strongly protests against house searches at EPDE member organization GOLOS

On Tuesday morning, 7 July at 6.30 house searches have been conducted at the private flats of GOLOS participants. Documents and technical devices have been confiscated.

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Lithuanian IESC with EPDE and Promo-Lex observed local elections in Moldova, June 2015

Armenian constitutional amendments raise civil society concerns

Bashir Suleimanli released after a presidential pardon in Azerbaijan

EPDE observed Estonian parliamentary elections on 1 March 2015

Vote counting, 2015 Estonian parliamentary elections, Tallinn

Freedom for political prisoners in Azerbaijan – no preferential treatment for Ilham Aliev

Foto: Franziska Senkel, Berlin