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

Moscow, January 26, 2018

More than half of the 121 recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR on elections have not been implemented. Golos analysed the reports of the organization following the results of five federal elections in Russia from 2003 to 2016. The worst situation can be found in the regulation of agitation and media work: only six out of 25 recommendations were implemented to some extent.


New Golos report on the nomination of candidates for the Presidential election

Moscow, January 26, 2018

According to the report, a positive change compared to the 2012 presidential elections is a significant reduction in the required number of signatures to be collected by candidates in support of their nomination. However the legal inequality of candidates from parties represented in the State Duma as opposed to candidates from other parties (as well as self-nominated candidates) remains unchanged.


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

Minsk, January 24, 2018

According to the report, a total of 22,713 candidates for local councils of the twenty-eighth convocation have been nominated, which almost equals the number nominated during the last local elections of 2014 (22,784). Most candidates were nominated by citizens through signature collection — 15,172, which represents 66.8% of the total number of nominees, labor collectives — 5,356 (23.6%), political parties — 813 (3.6%).


EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #4

Kyiv, January 24, 2017

The fourth issue of the “EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine” analyzes the controversial Draft Law No. 7366 which advocates to replace the current mixed electoral system with a fully majoritarian system. The introduction of an exclusive first-past-the-post voting system, as proposed in Draft Law No. 7366, would fundamentally contradict the goals of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity and the commitments of the coalition.


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, on which they could choose workshops, covering a wide range of topics, such LTO and STO methods, Statistics, Campaigning and Social Media.


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? "Golos" has recently analysed the financing of the election campaign, and EPDE  publishes two "Golos" reports, which raise general questions about the transparency of election campaign funding.


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.

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.