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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.