EPDE Winter Camp took place in Poland

Warsaw, December 19, 2017

The second Winter Camp for election observers of the EPDE member organisations took place from 11 to 15 December 2017.

During one week, a large group of around 100 experts, observers and volunteers from Eastern and Western Europe met near Warsaw, Poland, for this major training event.

Participants could chose workshops covering a wide range of topics, including, among others, Long Term and Short Term Observation methods, Statistics as well as Campaigning and Social Media Strategy skills. During plenary sessions, key questions were discussed by the entire group.

A special feature of the event was the exchange of experience between election observers from different countries with similar challenges within the election process, as well as between experienced experts and young activists.


Crucial Changes in Legislation Regarding Russian Presidential Elections of 2018

Moscow, December 18, 2017

The Golos Movement presents the analysis of key changes in the legislation of the Russian presidential elections of 2018, comparing them with 2012. While some of the changes were aimed at democratization of elections, many amendments introduced brought new restrictions on the right to be elected, candidate registration, election monitoring, among others.


"Energy Efficiency in Ukraine – a hopeless case or getting it done?"

Berlin, December 15, 2017

On 15 December 2017, the Kyiv Dialogue hosted a high-profile round table discussion on the status of the energy reform process in Ukraine. Speakers represented the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German government, Ukrainian local organisations as well as the civil society.


"Golos": Lack of Financial Transparency and of Competition at Regional Elections

Moscow, December 11, 2017

On December 6, 2017, the Russian President Vladimir Putin officially announced his intention to run for a fourth term at the Presidential Elections of March 18, 2018. The election campaign has now started. But is there a real competition for this office? What resources and financial resources does the opposition have? And what about the transparency of campaign financing?

The Movement "Golos" has recently analysed the financing of the election campaign to the elections of the heads of regions held on September 10, 2017. The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) publishes these two "Golos" reports, which raise general questions about the transparency of election campaign funding and the competitiveness of elections in Russia.


ISFED final statement on the runoffs of the local elections in Georgia

Tbilisi, November 14, 2017

Based on the ISFED PVT data, in the 99.7% of polling stations the counting process was conducted without major incidents. The polling station #59 in Ozurgeti district was an exception, where, apparently, there was a focused attempt to create disturbances and annul the precinct, which would influence the overall result of Ozurgeti mayoral race. Nevertheless, the integrity of electoral documentation was not threatened and, at the end, the summary protocol properly reflected the will of the voters.

Please read the full statement here.

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #3

Kyiv, November 13, 2017

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) monitors the progress of electoral reform in Ukraine. The third issue of the “EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine” analyzes the outcome of the recent approval of the draft Electoral Code (No. 3112-1) in the first reading and gives an outlook for the further pursuit of the reform.


ISFED reports violations in runoffs of mayoral elections in Georgia

Tbilisi, November 11, 2017

In an assessment of the pre-election period ahead of the upcoming runoffs of mayoral races scheduled in six electoral districts on November 12, ISFED observed instances of harassment and intimidation on political grounds intertwined with misuse of administrative resources in Ozurgeti, which threaten equal and free pre-election environment.

Ozurgeti remains to be a competitive district and high concentration of intimidation cases resemble the trend from 2016 parliamentary elections.

Please find the whole report here.

Results of the second mini-grant competition

Kyiv, November 10, 2017

The Kyiv Dialogue is pleased to announce the results of the second mini-grant competition. A total of 109 applications were submitted, among them seven winner projects were selected by the jury.
We congratulate the winners and wish them every success in the realization of their projects!
The Kyiv Dialogue invites all organizations to participate in the mini-grant competition next year!

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"Golos" analysed non-transparent campaign financing

Moscow, November 09, 2017

In the first analytical report Golos reveals non-transparent financing of services during elections of governors held in September 2017. According to the report, the significant costs of services of political advisers have not been properly declared. Such financial violations which apparently exceed the limit of 10% of spendings by electoral funds of candidates can cause cancellation of election results. 
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Think European – act local – municipal cooperation with Ukraine

Nuremberg, November 2/3, 2017

The conference "Ukraine and the EU at local level: what can we learn from each other?" took place in Nuremberg in November, 2-3. The shaping of the mutual relations between the EU (or Germany) and Ukraine at the municipal level was in the focus of this event. Well-known speakers such as Prof. Karl Schlögel, Rebecca Harms, Yuri Durkot and committed Ukrainian panelists from Kharkiv, Krivyi Rih, Donetsk and Kiev contributed to success of the event and gave a strong impetus to the further development of Ukrainian-German municipal cooperation.

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