EPDE study mission to the Dutch parliamentary elections

Berlin, March 1, 2017

EPDE together with its member Association Golos organizes a study mission to the Dutch parliamentary elections scheduled on March, 15. A group of election experts will exchange their experience with their counterparts in Netherlands. A range of meetings is planned with the representatives of the Election Council (Kiesraad), the representatives of the election commissions on the municipal level and the members of the civil society organisations who are engaged in the electoral process. On election day, the expert group will visit several polling stations around the country to get more insight into the work of the election commissions at the municipal level.

EPDE held preparatory meetings ahead of the parliamentary elections in Armenia

Yerewan, February 23, 2017

On February 17 - 22, EPDE experts Roman Udot (Movement Golos) and Adam Busuleanu (European Exchange) held a series of meetings with EPDE observers in Armenia to coordinate its study mission to the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled on April, 4. EPDE together with its Armenian partners - Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor - will monitor the polling and organize a series of press conferences and public events before and after the election day.

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Round Table “Improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation’’, March 7, 2017, Brussels

Berlin, February 16, 2017

On March 7, 2017, European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) - a platform of citizens’ election observation organizations from the EU-Eastern Partnership, the Russian Federation and the European Union organizes in Brussels a round table “Improving the accountability of Parliamentarians in election observation" in cooperation with the office
of Vice-President of the European Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff.

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Fourth EPDE Annual Conference took place in Berlin, 19-20 December 2016

Berlin, December 20, 2016

On December 19-20, 2016 a fourth Annual EPDE Conference took place at the Center for International Peace-keeping Operations (ZIF) in Berlin. 19 representatives from 13 EPDE member organizations participated in the conference. During the event, new guidelines for EPDE activities in the year 2017 were developed and agreed. EPDE team also discussed common actions during the upcoming elections in the Eastern and Western Europe. The ZIF staff presented the German contribution in the international peace-keeping and election monitoring missions.

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.

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