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2018

EPDE

Armenia

EPDE together with HCAV  and  TIAC as well as experts from the citizen observers’ coalitions Independent Observer and Akanates will present the findings and conclusion on the election campaign to the Early Parliamentiary Elections in Armenia.

Georgia

ISFED can conclude that the tabulation of votes was mostly conducted in compliance with relevant electoral procedures. A  number of violations was reported during counting of votes, such as, improper filling of summary protocols and other procedural shortcomings.

Georgia

On November 21, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) published a report of pre-election monitoring of the runoff of the 2018 presidential election, covering the period from October 29 to November 19.

Georgia

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.

 

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.

Georgia

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.

Georgia

ISFED released on 8 November a statement summarizing the post-election observation of complaints and adjudication process by the election administration.

Georgia

ISFED, GYLA and TI-Georgia presented joint pre-election statement, highlighting the major trends of the pre-election campaign. The domestic observer organizations released the joint statement day prior to the elections.

Georgia

ISFED issued report, covering the final stage of the pre-election period between October 1 – 24. The reporting period was marked with abuse of administrative resource combined with intimidation.

Georgia

The document mainly covers the period of September 9-30 but it also summarizes certain events that affected the electoral process beyond the reporting period.

Georgia

The organization highlights election administration composition process and challenges associated with the conduct of election campaign on social media as main issues of attention. 

Georgia

ISFED aims to recruit an expert or a team of experts to deliver a training on Developing Communication Strategy for CSOs during August 20-22.

Georgia

ISFED aims to recruit an expert or a team of experts to deliver a training on the EU Level Advocacy for civil society organizations during August 22-24.

Moldova

Promo-LEX and several other members of the Civic Coalition call the urgent repeal of CEC Decision, complicating the election observers' accreditation and activity. 

Georgia

ISFED, together with GYLA and TI-Georgia presented a package of priority recommendations for improvement of electoral environment in Georgia.

Russia

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”.

 

Moldova

The use of administrative resources and irregularities in electoral campaign financing persist, according to the second Promo-LEX report on monitoring the new local elections.

Georgia

According to ISFED, by-election in the majoritarian district of Khoni-Vani, held on 28 April, took place in a generally calm environment without significant violations.

Ukraine

This issue concerns the establishment of a working group to prepare for the second reading of the draft Electoral Code and the appointment process of new members of the Central Election Commission.

Russia

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.

Georgia

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

Russia

EPDE has become the target of orchestrated smear and defamation campaigns by the Russian media in the run-up to the Russian presidential election.

Russia

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.

Russia

“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.

Russia

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.

Russia

Several key media from across Europe comment on EPDE's listing as an "undesirable organisation" in Russia.

Russia

“Golos” experts analysed information from long-term observers in the regions as well as information from the media and the crowdsourcing service "Map of Violations."

Berlin

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".

Belarus

On 18 February 2018, the local elections in Belarus were over. Independent Belarusian media once again reported high turnout, while voters generally show little interest.

Belarus

Early voting, counting of the votes and the tabulation of voting results in higher commissions were marred by numerous manipulations, active use of administrative resources and lack of transparency.

Belarus

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. 

Azerbaijan

Although declaring early election is in line with the Constitution and the Election Code of the country, it is against the principles of democratic constitutionalism and periodicity of elections.

Czech Republic

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.

Poland

The Batory Foundation wishes to express a deepest concern and to draw attention to the threats connected with the change of electoral rules implemented by the Act dated 11th January 2018.

Russia

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.

Belarus

Observers of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections” report that the election commissions in most cases did not create obstacles to the registration of nomination groups.

Moldova

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.

Russia

In 2012-2017, 15 changes were introduced to the Federal law “On elections of the President of the Russian Federation,” changing 59 out of 87 articles.

Russia

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.

Belarus

One of the essential obstacles to the nomination of representatives of political parties and public associations to the PECs is a requirement to possess registered local branches.