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2020

Georgia

Following an internal audit of the results of the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) of the October 31 Parliamentary elections, ISFED released an update of their PVT result. The correction insignificantly altered the percentage points of votes received by the electoral subjects and the difference does not change the number of mandates secured by the electoral subjects.

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Belarus

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. 

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.

Georgia

According to ISFED, signs of possible vote buying and use of administrative resources during the reporting period continues to be the main challenge of the election environment. ISFED found use of administrative resources in involvement of the ruling party’s majoritarian candidates in events funded by the State and local budgets. It appears that the ruling Georgian Dream party is trying to use all available administrative resources for electoral purposes.

Georgia

During the reporting period  ISFED identified 8 cases of alleged vote buying; cases of dismissal and 5 cases of intimidation/harassment based on possible political motive; 2 cases of possible use of administrative resources; 2 cases of withholding social assistance based on possible political discrimination; 1 case of intimidation of ISFED observer; 1 case of interference in pre-election campaigning by the Church; and 1 case of creating obstacles for registration of a political party.

Georgia

This report evaluates the political and media landscape in the country ahead of the 2020 Parliamentary elections. Although the adoption of constitutional amendments on the electoral system avoided further tension and protests, political polarization remains as a challenge. The media and political environment is very polarized and continues to face challenges related to media freedom and pluralism. It is likely that these factors will also influence pre-election campaigning.

Georgia

During the reporting period, ISFED identified 19 cases of possible vote buying, including 16 by majoritarian members of the Georgian Parliament and 3 by the Movement for Future, 2 cases of possible use of state resources, 1 case of exerting pressure on ISFED observer, 2 cases of interference in political activities and one case of political pressure/intimidation.

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Moldova

The Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections in Moldova calls urgently on the CEC to examine the financial reports submitted by political parties for the first reporting period of 2019, as the limitation period in which action can be taken against any violations committed during this period is nearly ending. Civic monitoring reports have found several problematic aspects in the financial reporting of political parties during this period. 

Georgia

CEC and the parliamentary legal affairs committee initiated a dubious bill in Parliament bypassing the electoral reform working group. This bill contains problematic provisions that could undermine transparency of elections by delaying public access to polling station protocols and opening up loopholes to bypass the vote buying regulations.

Georgia

Multiple NGOs in Georgia, including EPDE member ISFED, continue to call on the ruling Georgian Dream party to adopt the promised proportional electoral system. The political environment is incredibly tense in the country and there is increasing polarization in the public, which will have a negative effect on the pre-electoral environment and the day of the Parliamentary elections.