Federal Elections in USA: Expert trip by EPDE and the Russian GOLOS

Washington, November 8, 2016

EPDE together with election experts from its Russian member organization Golos observe the US election campaign. They conduct a range of meetings with regional election monitors, NGOs, media representatives and campaign staff of different candidates. During the last week of the election campaign, they observe the early voting proceedings. On election day, the EPDE experts will observe the election day proceedings in several polling stations in Marryland.

Here you will find updated news and reports by the EPDE observers.

EPDE monitors the polling in majoritarian districts in Georgia

Tbilisi, October 30, 2016

On 30 October 2016, second round of the parliamentary elections is being held in Georgia. In the most majoritarian districts, candidates did not reach the minimum of 50% + 1 vote in the first round. EPDE observes the voting in those majoritarian districts where the second round is necessary to elect members of the new parliament. 20 observers from eight countries are deployed throughout the country.

International “Election Observers” Whitewash Fraudulent Referendum in Azerbaijan

Aleksandar Nikoloski, PACE Vice-president

Berlin, October 15, 2016

On September 26, 2016 Azerbaijan held a hastily called, and controversial, referendum. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Committee of Regions of the European Union, the notorious “European Academy for Election Observation” and a series of European politicians have issued overwhelmingly positive assessment of the referendum.  EPDE is alarmed at the irresponsible behavior of the “international observers”, who damage the institution of election observation, which should be based on well-established and transparent methodology, and be fair, objective and impartial. Therefore, EPDE prepared and disseminated a number of Letters of Concern to the heads of European and international institutions, heads of the Parliamentrary factions and Parliament speakers asking them to conduct an independent investigation on this matter. Please read more here.

Fake Observers Praise Primaries in Occupied Territories in Eastern Ukraine

Jaroslav Borka, MP Czech Republic

Berlin, October 10, 2016

The internationally unrecognized “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“DPR”/”LPR”) held so-called “primaries” on October 2, 2016. Approx. 30 international observers made public statements on the high quality of the “primaries” in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions to the local and Russian newspapers. Among them were five members of right and left wing factions of the national and regional European parliaments. EPDE sent 5 Letters of Concern to inform the parliaments on the activities of their representatives. Please find more information here.

EPDE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

Tbilisi, October  8, 2016

EPDE together with its partner organisation Norwegian Helsinki Committee are observing the parliamentary elections in Georgia. 40 observers from 13 domestic citizen election observation organisations from eight countries will observe the conduct of the election day around the country. They will monitor all stages of the election day - from the opening till the closing of the polling stations and the counting the votes at the local and regional level.  On Sunday, they will publish a n assessment of the conduct of the election campaign and the election day.

Invitation to the Round Table “Electoral Authoritarianism in the OSCE Region - the Example of the Russian Federation“

Berlin, September 17, 2016

Whithin the framework of the HDIM of OSCE participating States, EPDE is holding a side event on the topic “Electoral Authoritarianism in the OSCE Region - the Example of the Russian Federation“, which will take place on Friday, the 23rd of September, at 18.00-19.45 in the Meeting Room 2, Sofitel-Victoria Hotel, Krolewska Str. 11, Warsaw. The given side event gives room for discussion whether the State Duma elections of September 18th 2016 again confirm this classification or whether a positive development towards more integrity, inclusiveness and transparency of the election process can be noticed. Key panelist of the round table will be Lilia Shibanova, Golos Movement,  Dmitry Oreshkin, “Narodnyi Izbirkom” project, Stanislav Andreichuk, Golos Movement,  Roman Udot, Golos Movement, Stefanie Schiffer, European Platform for Democratic Elections.

Please read more about this here.

Invitation to the public discussion "Russian elections to Duma - preparation for the Presidential elections?", September 21, 2016 in Berlin

Berlin, September 16, 2016

European Platform for Democratic Elections and German Council on Foreign Affairs are holding a podium discussion on the topic "Russian elections to Duma - preparation for the Presidential elections?",  which will take place on September 21, 2016, from 12:30 till 14:00  in DGAP at Rauchstrasse 17/18, 10787 Berlin. Key panelists  Ilya Ponomarjow, member of the Russian Parliament in 2007-2016, Andrey Buzin, member of the Board of the Movement for Defence of Voters' Rights "Golos", Benjamin Bidder, journalist from the Spiegel Online, and Denis Volkov, Levada-Center, together with Stefan Meiser will discuss of the results of the upcoming elections to the Russian Parliament.

In order to participate please register at loeva@dgap.org or send a fax to 030 25 42 31-91.

"Kiev Dialogue" is organizing a conference "Economic stabilization and fight against corruption in Ukraine" on September 8, 2016

Berlin, September 1, 2016

On September 8, 2016 “Kyiv Dialogue” in cooperation with the European Commission and German Advisory Group is organizing a conference on the topic “Economic stabilization and fight against corruption in Ukraine”. The conference will take place in the office of the European Commission at the address Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin. During the first panel invited experts Ricardo Giucci, Olena Tregub, Yuriy Butsa and Dmytro Solohub will discuss the possibilities of stabilization of the Ukrainian economy. During the second panel experts Artem Sytnyk, Peter Wagner, Krystyna Hutsalova,Iaroslav Gregirchak and Kirsten Lohrscheid will concentrate on fighting the corruption and implementation of reforms in the economic sector of Ukraine.

Please register for the conference until September 6, 2016 here.

Kiev Dialogue organized podium discussion "Minsk II in the dead end? Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Western sanctions and the future of the European peace order"

Berlin, September 1, 2016

Kyiv Dialogue organized on August 30, 2016 a podium discussion in Munich, which focused on the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict and inability of both sides of the conflict to fulfill the Minsk agreements. Key panelists: Hans-Peter Uhl, deputy of the German Bundestag, Oksana Syroid, deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament and Andreas Umland, academic fellow at the Institute for the Euro-Atlantic cooperation based in Kyiv, discussed the main reasons and outcomes of the conflict for Europe and European peace order, the role of sanctions against Russia for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and consequences of softening of the sanctions for the Europe.

Russian Propaganda against Citizens' Election Observers from GOLOS-Movement

Berlin, August 31, 2016

On Friday, August 26th - three weeks ahead of the elections to the State Duma - the Russian government-controlled TV channel NTV broadcasted a documentary "The Secret of Golos". EPDE is concerned that by broadcasting "The Secret of Golos", the Russian government-controlled mass media and the intelligence services undermine international obligations where the Russian Federation is binding itself to safeguard fair elections, public oversight over election processes and freedom of expression and association.

For more information see here: http://www.golosinfo.org/ru/articles/107284