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2017

Armenia

The administrative court is to examine electoral disputes in a collegial formation

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.

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Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Report on the results of monitoring the registration of nomination groups

Poland

EPDE Winter Camp took place in Poland

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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EPDE

Welcome to our new website!

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) has launched its new website! Presented in a fresh design, the site offers many new features and possibilities for visitors, members, partners, and journalists. Please note that the content will be uploaded to our new site step by step.

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Russia

Golos: Lack of Financial Transparency and Competition at Regional Elections

Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Monitoring report on the formation of district election commissions

Executive officials still demonstrated an obviously discriminatory approach to the opposition parties during the formation of the District Election Commissions (DECs). 

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Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Report on Territorial Election Commissions

 

Observation is carried out by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".

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Georgia

ISFED final statement on the runoffs of the local elections in Georgia

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. 

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #3

Georgia

ISFED reports violations in runoffs of mayoral elections in Georgia

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.

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Russia

"Golos" analysed non-transparent campaign financing

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. 

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Ukraine

EPDE press trip to Ukrainian elections

Ukraine

No significant law violations in run-up to Ukrainian local elections

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.

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Ukraine

Ukrainian local elections - improvement of law on local elections needed

Azerbaijan

EMDS criticizes infringement of fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan

EPDE member EMDS notes with regret that the Government of Azerbaijan has taken steps towards restricting freedom of expression on the internet and criminalizing unauthorized assemblies.

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The Czech Republic

EPDE experts observed the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic

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.

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #2

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.

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Georgia

Fewer violations at Georgian local elections, but harassment of opposition

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.

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Moldova

New Moldovan election law is partly unconstitutional, study shows

Russia

Fake observation at Russian elections: Golos portraits the "electoral tourists"

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.”

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Armenia

HCA Vanadzor report finds lack of implementation of recommendations

Georgia

Georgia keeps controversial mixed voting system

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.

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #1

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.

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Russia

Golos criticizes the report of the Presidential Council on regional elections

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.

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Russia

Golos analyses German elections

Turkey

Challenges, opportunities, and dangers associated with domestic election observation in Turkey

Russia

“Golos”: On September 10, Russia held administratively controlled elections

The Central Election Commission' policy of intolerance to violations and fraud had an overall positive effect on the election process. Nevertheless, illegal strategies and tactics are still prevalent in certain regions.

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Russia

Silence in the media: "Golos" on campaign for Russian municipal elections

Municipal elections will take place in Moscow on 10 September 2017. Current campaigning is mostly taking place under the radar. Regional media, including city television and district newspapers, continue to pay little attention to the upcoming elections.

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Ukraine

Call for Applications: Press trip to Ukrainian elections

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).

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Russia

Russian regional elections: Independent candidates face discrimination through the "Municipal Filter"

In 8 out of 16 regions, non-systemic candidates failed to overcome the “municipal filter” because of obstruction by local and regional authorities. 

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France

EPDE contributes to investigation on Corruption in the Council of Europe

Moldova

Promo-LEX Association celebrates 15th anniversary!

For the past 15 years, Promo-LEX has actively promoted fair and transparent elections in Moldova and abroad, advocated and defended human rights and stood up for the civil society.

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EPDE

EPDE stands for international solidarity among citizens' election observers

Ukraine

Ukrainian local elections will take place on 29 October

Georgia

ISFED identifies challenges in Georgian pre-election environment

The local self-government elections in Georgia will take place on 21 October 2017. The Georgian EPDE member ISFED has recently published a report assesing the pre-election environment.

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Norway

International observation of the Norwegian parliamentary elections

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, an EPDE member, will organize for the fourth time the international election observation of the Norwegian parliamentary elections, which will take place on Monday, 11th of September.

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France

EPDE network reports on French elections

Foto: G. Melkonyants

Belarus

Report on Belarus Parliamentary Elections

Belarusian authorities have not abandoned the repressive practices against their political opponents: peaceful protesters are still subjected to administrative liability, other civil and political rights are restricted, the country has new political prisoners.

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Ukraine

Challenges and Prospects of Electoral Reform in Ukraine - EPDE Policy Paper

France

EPDE research trip to French parliamentary elections

Moldova

Challenges for electoral reform in Moldova discussed at international conference

France

Two new electoral handbooks published by Council of Europe with support of EPDE members

The Council of Europe has recently published the new handbooks "Reporting on elections" and "Using international election standards", in which several EPDE members made their contribution.

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Moldova

EPDE experts contribute to Promo-Lex' conference on electoral reform in Moldova

 

Promo-Lex Association organizes an international conference “Options and considerations for reforming the electoral system of the Republic of Moldova. 

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Georgia

Georgian CSOs concerned about new election regulations

Germany

Job announcement: political public relations manager

 

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.

 

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Armenia

Independent Observer Public Alliance: Elections in Armenia non-free, accompanied by control over voters

 

‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance identified widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs.

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters.

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

Many issues identified during the election campaign (widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs) and the atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far. The National Assembly elections were accompanied by numerous frauds and widespread control over the voters.

Ամբողջական հոդվածը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ՝ http://hcav.am/en/events/07-04-2017-05-2%d6%8aen/ © 1998-2016 Հելսինկյան Քաղաքացիական Ասամբլեայի Վանաձորի գրասենյակ

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Armenia

Over 2000 violations reported during election day in Armenia

Armenia

Despite some improvements many violations reported during elections in Armenia

 

Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance together with the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) presented today their findings on the monitoring of election day held on 2 April in Armenia. 

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Azerbaijan

Assessment report on preparation and result of the 26 September constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan

Russia

Golos coordinator sentenced to four days detention after protests in Saratov

On 26 March 2017 Russian police arrested hundreds of mostly young people for joining nationwide anti-corruption protests in Russia. Officially accredited Civic Monitoring Commission was deprived of the right to monitor the activities of the police. 

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Armenia

Citizen observers: serious shortcomings observed during parliamentary campaign in Armenia

Armenia

Joint Press Conference on the Parliamentary Elections in Armenia

Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance, together with the EPDE will announce their action plan for the election day on 2 April, 2017. They will also present their conclusions on the observation of the campaigning period.

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Belarus

Raid in the Office of Belarusian EPDE Member HRC Viasna

On Saturday 25 March the Minsk office of the Belarusian EPDE-member organisation Human Rights Center Viasna was raided by the police. 57 human rights defenders were detained. 

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Armenia

EPDE condemns the Armenian governments' refusal to invite international citizen election observers

Netherlands

EPDE study visit in Netherlands

Belgium

Round Table “Improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation’’, March 7, 2017, Brussels

Armenia

EPDE held preparatory meetings ahead of the parliamentary elections in Armenia

On February 17 - 22, EPDE experts Roman Udot and Adam Busuleanu held a series of meetings with EPDE observers in Armenia to coordinate its study mission to the upcoming parliamentary elections...

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Netherlands

EPDE study mission to the Dutch parliamentary elections

Сall for applications: Experts on Electoral System Design

Germany

Fourth EPDE Annual Conference took place in Berlin, 19-20 December 2016

Russia

Russian EPDE member "Golos" awarded 2017 Democracy Defender Award in Vienna

Belarus: Priority recommendations on reforming electoral legislation [VIDEO]