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2020

Belarus

Human Rights Situation in November 2020

Ukraine

Chernivtsi mayoral runoff - no critical disruptions in election administration

Belarus

380 detained on Day 106 of post-election protests

Georgia

Parliamentary election a step backwards in terms of democratic elections

Ukraine

Half of the elections marked by voter bribery schemes and incidents of this increased significantly

Ukraine

Highly competitive runoff elections with deliberate disinformation and smear campaigns

Georgia

Second round taking place amid a political crisis

Ukraine

No widespread violations, but need for professionalization of election commissions

Ukraine

Increase in black PR and manipulative schemes to gain votes

Belarus

Viasna journalist gets 15 more days in prison

Hungary

Concerns over Hungary’s pending electoral code amendment

Moldova

Presidential election only 'partially correct and free'

Moldova

High civic activism despite pandemic, but issues at polling stations abroad and organized transportation of voters mar presidential runoff

Ukraine

Lowest turnout in 10 years due to weekend quarantine order

Ukraine

Second round elections see similar violations and issues to first round, but of no significant extent to impact election results

Belarus

Over 1,000 detained again in Sunday protests

Moldova Ukraine

INVITATION PRESS CONFERENCES: second round elections in Moldova and Ukraine

Moldova

Moldova before the runoff elections: smear campaigning, disinformation, and accusations of voter fraud

Ukraine

Interim report before run-off elections: need to revise system for processing and publishing election data

Moldova

Worrying incidents ahead of run-off presidential election

Ukraine

Second round of elections: main problems and risks

Georgia

Public outcry and excessive use of force amid flawed Parliamentary Elections

Ukraine

When and where are second rounds of local elections being held?

Georgia

International mediation needed to resolve post-election crisis in Georgia

Georgia

Complaints filed by ISFED seeking recount of election precinct results

Moldova

Final report on first round of presidential election

Belarus

Immediately release Viasna members and activists! Stop criminal proceedings against protesters!

Georgia

NGOs call for recount of votes in polling stations with recorded discrepancies

Belarus

Human Rights Situation in October 2020

Moldova

Incidents and irregularities in electoral procedures during E-Day – summary of findings

Georgia

Results of parallel vote tabulation

Georgia

Voting process and closing of polling stations

Moldova

Fifth interim report: on the eve of elections

Georgia

Joint assessment of pre-election environment

Ukraine

Findings and conclusions: local elections in Ukraine

Georgia

Georgia to investigate physical attacks and intimidation of political party candidates, women, and journalists

Moldova

Video observation of the voting process - a threat or a solution for transparent elections?

Ukraine

Main issues on voting day - voter bribery and attempts to falsify the vote

Ukraine

Local elections were highly competitive, violations specific to communities but not centrally planned

Ukraine

Election alert #1 - Local elections in Ukraine - a challenging context and a test for Zelensky’s party

Ukraine

Basic problems before the voting day - results from long-term monitoring

Ukraine

On the eve of local elections: agitation violations, voter bribery, unequal application of anti-COVID measures in the regions

Georgia

Concrete measures should be taken to reduce pandemic risks in parliamentary elections

Belarus

Human rights coalition adds more persons to political prisoners list

Ukraine

Is Russia interfering in Ukrainian elections?

Ukraine

Analytical information on October 25 president's public poll

Ukraine

Invitation to press conferences around E-Day (in Ukrainian)

Ukraine

5 days before the election: main trends, threats, risks

Moldova

Fourth interim report: Surge in hate speech, use of administrative resources, and electoral bodies ignore safety requirements

Ukraine

Urgent action needed to ensure funding and guidance for anti-COVID equipment and measures

Ukraine

Holding polls on the Election Day contradicts the Electoral Code

Ukraine

Need for urgent guidance on COVID19 measures and related procurements ahead of local elections

Georgia

Fourth interim report of pre-election monitoring of the Parliamentary elections

Belarus

20 new names on list of political prisoners

Ukraine

Legal uncertainty, illegal campaigning, and confusion over procedures - summary of the first month of the election campaign

Belarus

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: September 2020

Ukraine

Press conference on election campaign

Moldova

Third interim report: Polling stations abroad set up according to civil society recommendation

Ukraine

Monitoring of Political Ads on Facebook over first half September

Belarus

Convicted protesters in Maladziečna are political prisoners

Belarus

Viasna receives Alternative Nobel Prize

Belarus

Call for donations - Help Defend Human Rights and Free Elections in Belarus

Ukraine

CSO statement of concern over draft law that may remove oversight provisions over campaign finance

Belarus

Belarus: What would be needed to hold new elections?

On 24 September, EPDE co-hosted an online debate with Democracy Reporting International inviting a dozen election experts from Belarus and beyond to discuss conditions for future elections. 

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Moldova

Polling stations abroad – a controversial and non-transparent process

Belarus

300 detained in protests across Belarus

Armenia

Policy Alert #5 - Armenia’s Stable Majority Constitutional Provisions Under Review

Belarus

Over 250 criminal cases opened since launch of election

Azerbaijan

Deepened political crisis in Azerbaijan during the COVID-19 pandemic

Belarus

Viasna activist Marfa Rabkova is political prisoner

Belarus

List of political prisoners detained over “rioting” charges increases

Belarus

Lukashenko’s offer: What to think of constitutional reform in Belarus?

On 18 September, EPDE co-hosted an online debate with Democracy Reporting International inviting a dozen constitutional experts from Belarus and beyond to discuss the country’s constitution.

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Moldova

Neither potential election candidates, nor voters are on equal footing

EU

Call to reconsider re-allocating vacant seat in the EED Board to I&D group

Georgia

Third interim report of pre-election monitoring of the Parliamentary elections

Russia

Trend against established parties. Candidates under undue pressure.

Russia

Unlevel playing field in regional and local elections

Belarus

Kalesnikava, Znak and Salei are new political prisoners

EU

Call to reconsider allocating a seat in the EED Board to the far-right political group in the European Parliament

Moldova

1st observation mission report of pre-election period

Ukraine

First interim report on pre-election campaigning

Ukraine

The CEC has formed oblast, raion, and city election commissions

Belarus

Human Rights Situation in Belarus: August 2020

Belarus

EaP CSF Belarus Monitoring Mission Report

Belarus

Financial police arrest another member of opposition coordination council

Belarus

150 detained in weekend protests

Local Elections

How to organize local elections during the pandemic

Belarus

Police go back to arrests of peaceful protesters, strikers and opposition figures

Belarus

What can the OSCE do in Belarus?

Belarus

Protesters detained in dozens again, several sentenced to prison sentences

Moldova

National Extraordinary Public Health Commission disregarded public consultation process, anti-COVID measures too broad

Belarus

EPDE welcomes EU, US, and the Russian Federation's call for OSCE facilitation in Belarus

Moldova

CEC and CICDE failed to accomplish all activities foreseen in their 2016-2019 Strategic Plans

Ukraine

EPDE calls for authorities to refrain from interfering in the activities of the CEC ahead of local elections

Belarus

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Belarus

44 protesters still in detention, 13 missing, one more reported dead

Ukraine

President's Office must stop exerting pressure on the CEC

Georgia

Second interim report of pre-election monitoring of the Parliamentary elections

Belarus

Hundreds of protesters released from prisons. Torture reports mount

Belarus

EPDE members show solidarity with colleagues in Belarus

Belarus

Call for an end to violence in Belarus and need for political dialogue with mediation of the OSCE

Belarus

Preliminary report on the presidential election

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #6

Ukraine

Decision to not hold local elections in certain constituencies of GCA Donetsk and Luhansk is a disenfranchisement of voters

Belarus

'Worst election ever': Domestic observers sum up their disrupted monitoring campaign

Belarus

Human rights activists call to end arrests, violence and use of weapons against peaceful civilians

Belarus

'Lukashenka used every trick in his outdated playbook to survive'

Georgia

Coordinated Covert Operation of Alt-Info on Facebook

Belarus

Hundreds detained in post-election protests. Multiple injured. One reported dead

Belarus

Weekly report: early voting

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #5

Belarus

Weekly report: election campaigning

Georgia

Evaluation and recommendations on electoral reform ahead of parliamentary elections

Belarus

An analog campaign in a digital age: Lukashenka falters in the face of social media

Ukraine

Political advertising on social media – who invests the most and what is in these ads?

Ukraine

Statement on recently adopted changes to electoral legislation

Belarus

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” demand transparency in voting and vote count

Belarus

Independent observers banished from polling stations

Belarus

Representatives of Belarus’ biggest independent media outlets urge authorities to end persecution of journalists

Ukraine

Changes to Election Code secure voter rights and counteract electoral fraud, but also pose risks to the electoral system

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #4

EPDE

Dossier: Impact of COVID-19 on election processes in the EaP and Russia

Georgia

Evaluation of the pre-election environment for the 2020 Parliamentary elections

Belarus

Weekly report: nomination and signature collection phase

Belarus

Over 250 protesters arrested during protests sparked by denial of rival candidates' registration

Moldova

Amendments to election law risk undermining conduct of free and fair elections

EPDE & ZOiS

Online discussion summary: Belarus ahead of the presidential elections 2020

Belarus

Lukashenka’s key rivals removed from elections

Ukraine

Analysis of latest draft law on changes to the Electoral Code

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #3

Azerbaijan

Petition to release convicts during the COVID-19 pandemic

Belarus

Government slashes campaigning locations in attempt to 'sterilize' elections

Georgia

2020 Parliamentary elections - first interim report of pre-election monitoring

EPDE

Launch of Politically Biased Election Observers Database

Poland

Preliminary report on the first round of the presidential election

Russia

European politicians to legitimize constitutional changes in Russia

Ukraine

CSOs concerned over plans to pilot internet voting during Local elections

Russia

Far-right European politicians to whitewash constitutional vote in Russia

Georgia

Georgian CSOs call on Facebook to improve ad transparency

Belarus

Weekly report: formation of precinct election commissions

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #2

Azerbaijan

Pressure against municipality member for independent activities

Belarus

Weekly report: end of signature collection phase accompanied by further arrests

Ukraine

Recommendations on how to hold Local elections in Ukraine in a pandemic

Ukraine

Analysis of draft law on the holding of referenda

Belarus

Belarus Election Alert #1

Azerbaijan

Police use excessive force dispersing protests and government crackdown on independent voices continues

Belarus

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Belarus

Weekly report: mass arrests and detentions of opposition activists

Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada adopts changes to the Electoral Code

Poland

ODIHR releases further opinion document on new Draft Act on conduct of Presidential election

Georgia

ISFED uncovers further false media pages that survived the Facebook takedown

Belarus

MEPs 'deeply worried' by nationwide crackdown and discriminatory election processes ahead of Presidential election

Belarus

Weekly report: crackdowns against nomination groups and activists

Poland

Situation around Presidential election unconstitutional?

Georgia

Policy Alert # 2 - Electoral system agreement should be implemented without further delay

Moldova

Promo-LEX records lowest rate of party finance reporting to the CEC for 2019 compared to 2014-2018

Armenia

Policy Alert # 4 - Armenia explores alternative to referendum on Constitutional Court

Azerbaijan

Administrative arrests and abuse against opposition activists continue amid COVID lockdown regime

Belarus

Persistence of discriminatory approaches in the formation of territorial election commissions

Belarus

CEC turns down opposition groups’ applications and hinders opposition candidates from running for the Presidency

GNDEM

Guidance on Election Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ukraine

Election Code changes: Need to prioritize amendments on local elections and have parliamentary expert dialogue

Belarus

Weekly report: Human rights situation deteriorating ahead of election

Poland

Timeline of the election chaos

Belarus

Viasna calls for the immediate release of its arrested members

Georgia

Fake accounts of Russian news outlet involved in supporting state agencies

Election-Watch.EU

Rapid Assessment: Covid-19 & Elections in Europe

Armenia

Policy Alert # 3 - Armenia to expand proportional representation to municipal elections with tri-partisan bill

Belarus

Recommendations to make 2020 Presidential election safer and fairer during pandemic

Ukraine

Reform success: Verkhovna Rada votes to reduce monetary deposit for Local elections

Poland

Possible restriction of citizen observers’ rights under proposed draft act

Georgia

Russian information operation encourages political polarization in Georgia

Georgia

Coordinated domestic network of false media pages on Facebook operating with political intentions

Poland

Changes to electoral law need substantial improvements to align with international democratic standards

Poland

High-speed changes to electoral law disregard international norms

Hungary

An early balance of emergency measures

Ukraine

Draft law on restricting access to information is excessive and unjustified

Ukraine

2020 Roadmap for electoral, referendum and political finance reforms

Azerbaijan

Abuse of COVID-19 response measures against political opponents

Ukraine

Illegal political advertising on Facebook: Why is it a problem and what can we do about it

Ukraine

Need to renew transparent and inclusive consultations on amendments to the Election Code

EPDE Publication

Fake election observation as Russia's tool of election interference: The Case of AFRIC

Azerbaijan

Politically motivated arrests and persecution during the lockdown regime

Georgia

Russian information operation in Georgia – Sputnik’s coordinated network on Facebook

Armenia

Policy Alert # 2 - Changes to Armenia’s Political Party Regulation: toward more transparent party financing

Moldova

Final report on by-elections

Russia

Policy Alert #4 - How corona thwarts Putin's plan to change the constitution

msn.com

EPDE Publication

Problematic International Observation of the Azerbaijani 2020 Parliamentary Elections

Georgia

Reported leak of voter data raises questions

Georgia

Kremlin’s 10 Disinformation Narratives on COVID-19 in Georgia

Ukraine

Parliament must resume electoral reform and prepare for local elections

COVID-19

Postponed elections due to COVID-19

Ukraine

Preliminary report on Kharkiv region by-elections

Moldova

By-elections Moldova - low turnout due to COVID-19 and authorities' unclear response

Armenia

Need for unbiased formation of PECs ahead of referendum

Ukraine

Kharkiv region by-elections: OPORA records some violations but generally campaign meets basic democratic standards

Moldova

CEC failed to analyze 2019 financial reports of political parties

Russia

Election alert # 3 - Constitutional amendments in Russia – risk of a legal chaos

Dmitri Lovetsky/DPA

Azerbaijan

Pressure against independent observers, candidates and journalists during and since elections

Georgia

Planned amendments to the election code threaten transparency of elections

Germany

Stricter regulation of election campaign financing and party donations needed in electoral law reform

Azerbaijan

Widespread violations and significantly lower turnout recorded during the early Parliamentary elections

Azerbaijan

Increased pressure against civil society and candidates ahead of Sunday's elections

Georgia

Democratic backsliding in Georgia - need to adopt proportional electoral system

Azerbaijan

Restrictions on political freedoms and violations against opposition continue ahead of early Parliamentary elections

Ukraine

New 'new' Election Code - which system will be used in future Ukrainian elections?

Ukraine

OPORA Statement on Adopting Electoral Code Upon its Second Review