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2018

Armenia

"We have observed the best performed elections in decades"

Armenia

Calm and competitive atmosphere during campaign, but several violations

Armenia

Parliamentary elections in Armenia: Invitation to joint press conference

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.

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Lithuania

IESC publishes paper on Russia’s election meddling

Georgia

ISFED Election Day Final PVT Results

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.

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Vacancy: Public Relations Officer, Berlin

The job vacancy of Public Relations Officer is available at the European Exchange gGmbH. It is a parental leave replacement and limited to 3 months from 1.2.2018. Qualified and eligible individuals interested in applying for this position may submit an application no later than 14.12.2018.

 

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Russia

The globalisation of Pro-Kremlin Networks of politically Biased Election observation: the cases of Cambodia and Zimbabwe

Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #9

Georgia

ISFED presented social media monitoring report

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.

 

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Georgia

ISFED Statements on Abuse of Administrative Resources

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.

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Georgia

ISFED Statement on Threats against Salome Zourabichvili

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.

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Ukraine

Politically biased election observation in Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

Georgia

ISFED Post-Election Statement: The standard of adjudication of electoral disputes has worsened

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.

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Georgia

Evaluation of the Pre-Election Environment of the 2018 Presidential Election

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.

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Georgia

2018 Presidential Election: Facts of possible pressure and violence in ISFED's 3rd Interim Report

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.

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Georgia

2018 Presidential Election: ISFED’s election day final PVT statement

Georgia

2018 Presidential Election: Attacks on NGOs and Campaign Violations in ISFED's 2nd Interim Report

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.

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Russia

Regional elections 2018: Politically biased election observation

Russia

Stefanie Schiffer was denied a Russian visa

Armenia

160 observers to participate in the public oversight of Yerevan city council elections

Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #8

HDIM

EPDE calls on Russia: Remove the listing

SRI LANKA

Worlwide cooperation of citizens' election observers

Georgia

ISFED Evaluates the Pre-Election Environment Ahead of 2018 Presidential Elections

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

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Poland

HDIM side event on electoral law reforms in Eastern Europe

Georgia

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TRAINER ON DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR CSOs

Georgia

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TRAINER ON EU LEVEL ADVOCACY

Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #7

Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alerts - Electoral Reform In Ukraine

Germany

„Fake Observation“ is a point of entry into political corruption

New EPDE booklet on biased observation

Ukraine

IFES-OPORA Updates Joint Paper on Reform Priorities for Elections, Referendums and Political Finance

Moldova

Promo-LEX and Civic Coalition criticize new accreditation process for observers in 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. 

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Georgia

Recommendations for Improvement of Electoral Environment by ISFED

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

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Brussels

EPDE experts at European Parliament: mixed election system promotes corruption

Brussels

Follow-up on electoral reforms in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly

Severe sanctions against four members – EPDE contributed to disclosure

Georgia

By-elections of self-government in Zugdidi: Introduction of electronic technologies

Russia

German scientist community supports EPDE

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”.

 

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Russia

Media coverage of EPDE's listing as "undesirable" in Russia

Moldova

Second Promo-LEX report on monitoring the new local elections of 20 May

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.

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Georgia

ISFED's Final Statement on April 28 By-Elections

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.

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #6

Ukraine

Local election on the 29 April: CVU criticizes violations

Russia

Russian Golos forced to temporarily freeze its cooperation with EPDE

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.

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #5

Russia

Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia

Russia

Censorship and manipulation: How the media affected the outcome of the election in Russia

Azerbaijan

EMDS preliminary statement on findings of monitoring the Presidential Election

Azerbaijan

Presidential election in Azerbaijan: Infographics

Georgia

ISFED Issues Final Report of 2017 Local Self-Government Elections

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

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Russia

Foreign observation of the illegitimate presidential election in Crimea in March 2018

Russia

Media hate campaign against EPDE

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

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Russia

300 observers monitored the presidential election upon individual invitation from the Russian parliament

Russia

DRA on the listing of EPDE and IESC as "undesirable" organisations

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.

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Russia

GOLOS preliminary statement based on the results of presidential election observation

Russia

Reactions on the listing of EPDE as an "undesirable" organisation in the Russian Federation

Russia

Statement by the Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

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.

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Russia

EU calls on Russia to remove EPDE's listing as "undesirable"

Russia

Key European media report on EPDE's listing as "undesirable" in Russia

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

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Russia

Children, contests and threats: How authorities mobilize voters to participate in the presidential election in 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."

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Russia

German goverment criticizes listing of EPDE as "undesirable organization" by the Russian Federation

Russia

EPDE protests against classification as "undesirable organization" in Russia

Berlin

Experts' discussion: Russia before the election

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".

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Belarus

Belarus after the local elections: Is the revival of the Belarusian electoral system possible?

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.

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Russia

Presidential Election: Latest reports and analyses

Russia

Golos investigation on how pseudo-public organizations simulate civic participation in Russian elections

Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Final report

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.

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Belarus

Electoral system of Belarus requires urgent reanimation

Berlin

March 1, Berlin: Russia before the election

Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Report on monitoring the phase of election campaigning

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. 

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Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: recent reports

Azerbaijan

EMDS Statement on the scheduling of the early Presidential Election

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.

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Russia

Golos report on the nomination and registration of candidates for the Presidential election (part 2)

Belgium

February 28, Brussels: Perspectives for EU-Russia relations

Czech Republic

The Kremlin’s influence and disinformation in the Czech Presidential election

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.

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Poland

Position of the Batory Foundation’s Teams of Experts on the Act of Law amending the Electoral Code

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.

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Russia

New Golos report on the nomination and registration of candidates for the Presidential election (part 1)

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.

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Russia

Golos: More than half of the 121 recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR on elections have not been implemented

Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Report on monitoring the registration of candidates for deputies

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.

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Ukraine

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #4

Moldova

Opinion of Promo-LEX Association

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.

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Russia

On Crucial Changes in Legislation Regarding Russian Presidential Elections of 2018 as Compared to Elections of 2012

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.

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Russia

Golos Movement denounces harassment by Russian border authorities in the run-up to Presidential Election

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.

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Belarus

Local elections in Belarus: Report on monitoring the formation of precinct election commissions

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.

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