2012

EUROPEAN ELECTION OBSERVERS LAUNCH PLATFORM IN WARSAW

 

Warsaw, 13 December 2012: On 12th December 2012, twelve civil society organisations supporting or conducting citizens’ election observation in the states of the Eastern Partnership, the Russian Federation and the European Union have launched the “European Platform for Democratic Elections” (EPDE) in Warsaw. The secretariat of the Platform is hosted at European Exchange, Berlin.

The first activities of the European Platform for Democratic Elections are directed towards supporting citizens’ observation during the upcoming presidential elections in 2013 in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as towards the regional elections in the Russian Federation and in Ukraine.

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The Policy Paper "Domestic Election Observation in Europe - Strategy and Perspectives"  is available here.

RUSSIAN NGO LAW "ON INTERNATIONAL AGENTS" IN FORCE

Moscow, 20 November 2012: The new law on "International Agents" came into force in Russia on November 20th 2012. Russian NGOs obtaining international financial support and being "politically active" are forced to register as "international agents". The law contradicts both the Russian constitution and international obligations of the Russian Federation. Hooligans already became active: Here Oleg Orlov before the building of Memorial in Moscow.

SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES DURING VOTE TABULATION IN UKRAINE

Kyiv, 1 November 2012: Almost one week after election day the vote tabulation is still not terminated in some election districts of Ukraine. Irregularities occure in some of the most competative constituencies. OSCE observers and members of the Central Election Commission claim that elections should be declared invalid and be repeated in some of the Ukrainian election constituencies. Find the press release of the Civil Society Election Observation Mission here.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT ON FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO UKRAINE

Kyiv, 29 October 2012: European Exchange with Stefan Batory Foundation and EESC Lithuania have issued the preliminary report of the International Civil Society Observation Mission to the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections in October 2012.

The International Civil Society Election Observation Mission (CSEOM) is organized by non-governmental organizations from Poland (Stefan Batory Foundation), Germany (European Exchange) and Lithuania (Eastern Europe Studies Centre under the auspices of Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Markus Meckel. The mission is operating in Ukraine from 17 September until 7 November. It includes 15 long term staff (experts and observers) as well as short term observers deployed throughout the country. Two Interim Reports were published on 5 and 23 October. The Final Report will be presented at the end of November.

The full report is available in English (here) and in Ukrainian (here).

SECOND INTERIM REPORT – CIVIL SOCIETY ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO UKRAINE

Kyiv, 21 October 2012: European Exchange with Stefan Batory Foundation and EESC Lithuania have issued the second interim report of the International Civil Society Observation Mission to the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections in October 2012.

The full report is available here.

FIRST INTERIM REPORT – CIVIL SOCIETY ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO UKRAINE

Kyiv, 5 October 2012: European Exchange with Stefan Batory Foundation and EESC Lithuania have issued the first interim report of the International Civil Society Observation Mission to the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections in October 2012.

The full report is available here

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE LONG - TERM MONITORING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN BELARUS

Minsk, 24. September 2012: The “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” campaign comes to conclusion that the election process was marked by serious violations of the principles of democratic and fair elections, as described in the OSCE standards and the Belarusian legislation. The election took place in the atmosphere of political persecution and repression of the opponents of the government; this political environment, as well as the limitations at the stages of creation of election commissions and campaigning had a negative effect on the freedom to make an informed choice. Non-transparency of vote count procedure makes it impossible to state that the election results reflect the will of the Belarusian people.

The full report is available in English (here) and in German (here).

RADOSLAV SIKORSKI OPENS CIVIL SOCIETY OBSERVATION MISSION TO UKRAINIAN ELECTIONS

Warsaw, 20th September 2012: European Exchange in partnership with the Polish Stefan Batory Foundation and the Lithuanian Eastern Europe Studies Centre launched the Civil Society Observation Mission to the Parliamentary elections on October 28th in Ukraine. The mission was opened by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski in Warsaw and will operate from September 17 till November 7. It will include 15 long term staff (experts and observers) and up to 150 Short-Term Observers, deployed in Lviv, Tarnopil, Kharkiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa and Kiev.The launching conference gathered patrons of the mission – Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Poland’s former president  and Markus Meckel, former opposition activist and the last Foreign Minister of GDR as well as donor institutions and representatives of other observation missions to Ukraine. Olha Avjazovska (Opora) and Oleksandr Chernenko (Committee of Voters of Ukraine) presented the pre-election situation in Ukraine and results of their work up to date. The mission will present two interim briefs before the election. The preliminary report will be presented one day after elections, on October 29. The final report will be published and presented at the end of November in Warsaw, Berlin and Vilnius. The mission is financially supported through the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation.

Read the full Press Release here.

PRESENTATION OF MONITORING RESULTS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS BELARUS IN BRUSSEL ON 26.09.2012 AND BERLIN ON 27.09.2012

Berlin, 18th September 2012: Aleh Hulak (Belarusian Helsinki Committee) and Vladimir Labkovich (Human Rights Centre Viasna) of the initiative "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" will present the outcomes of the domestic long term election observation of the Parliamentary elections on September 26th in the European Parliament and on September 27th in the German Bundestag. The presentation of the preliminary election observation report will be conducted in cooperation with the European Exchange and with the Faction Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (in the Bundestag Berlin) and the Belarus Delegation (in the European Parliament). More information you may find here http://www.gruene-bundestag.de/news/termin/veranstaltung/belarus-nach-den-wahlen-wahlbeobachter-berichten.html. For registration at the European Parliament please contact werner.schulz-office(at)ep.europa.eu

EUROPEAN ELECTION OBSERVATION - WORKSHOP IN PRAGUE

Prague, August 17th 2012: In the framework of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum European Exchange and GOLOS, the Association of Russian election observers have held a workshop with 22 participants from civil society organisations from Belarus, the Czekh Republic, Germany, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden in order to discuss better coordination and cooperation of civil society organisations in the field of non partisan, domestic election observation throughout Europe. The workshop was hosted and organised by People in Need and DEMAS form the Czekh Republic. A policy paper with the main findings and recommendations will be elaborated during September 2012.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH CIVIL SOCIETY OF BELARUS ON 4TH AUGUST IN BERLIN

Berlin, 4th August 2012: On 4th of August the International Day of Solidarity with civil society of Belarus took place inBerlin. This Day of Solidarity was the occasion to attract attention to the human rights situation in Belarus, and to express solidarity with the belarusian citizens fighting for their civil rights under permanent pressure and harassment. The 4th August 2011 is the day Ales Bialiatski was arrested. Ales Belyatsky, a leading figure in the defense of human rights, was the chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna", and the vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights.

DOMESTIC ELECTION OBSERVERS IN BELARUS START MONITORING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS, 23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Berlin, 3rd August 2012: On 23 September 2012 parliamentary elections are being held in Belarus (second round, if required, on 7 October 2012).The campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections", which is made up of members of the Human Rights Center Viasna and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, announced the start of its long-term election monitoring mission on 21 June.

Until the end of October, European Exchange will distribute a weekly newsletter in German and English to interested readers across the world. Further information and up-to-date news will be regularly published via the websites of the aforementioned organisations. If you would like to receive the reports please send an email to: info@belaruselections2012.org with the subjects "Subscribe English" or "Subscribe Deutsch".

See the recent reports in English here and in German here.

WORKSHOP IN VILNIUS: "TRADITIONAL DOMESTIC ELECTION MONITORING AND USE OF NEW SOCIAL MEDIA"

Vilnius, 11 June 2012: Members of the Belarusian election observation network "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections", of the project elect.by and of the project "Election Observation Teory and Practice" together with European Exchange Berlin met on June 11th in Vilnius with Grigory Melkonjanc, vice director of the Russian association on election observation GOLOS in order to exchange experience and to discuss appropriate and effective means how to combine traditional methods of election observation with the use of the new social media. The workshop was hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Vilnius.

EVALUATION OF THE MOLDOVIAN "COALITION FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS"

Moldova, 30th May 2012: On May 30th 2012 thirty out of 70 members of the "Coalition for Free and Fair Elections" in Moldova, a partner of the European Exchange since 2010,  have discussed the results of an evaluation of the coalition's work. A debate of the priorities for the further development of the coalition's work was held. The workshop was part of a common project of European Exchange and the Coalition aiming to support and further develop the work of domestic election monitoring on the Republic of Moldova.

LAUNCH OF DECLARATION OF GLOBAL PRINCIPLES FOR NONPARTISAN ELECTION OBSERVATION IN NEW YORK

New York, 25th April 2012: The Global Network of Domestic Elections Monitors  has launched the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations. Leaders representing 150 citizen election observation groups joined former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, NDI's chairman; Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, UN under-secretary-general; Ambassador Albert Ramdin, OAS assistant secretary general; Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, OSCE/ODIHR director; and others to launch the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations. The Declaration was launched at a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted by the UN Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD). Ion Manole from European Exchange's partner organisation PROMO Lex, Moldova participated in the meeting. See here

ASSOCIATION GOLOS: PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Moscow, 5th March 2012: In general, the RF presidential elections can be characterized as normal in the context of the past decade of Russian elections, with an insufficient level of competition, government interference with the electoral process, and some degree of coercion to vote. These elections cannot be classified as free and fair under the definitions provided in the Russian constitution and international electoral standards.

The full report is available in English (here) and in German (here).

Russian version you will find here.

GOLOS REPORTS ON ELECTION MONITORING IN BRUSSELS AND BERLIN

Berlin, 3rd March 2012: Lilia Shibanova, Director of the Association GOLOS reported on the first results of the independent long term election monitoring of the Presidential elections in Russia through GOLOS on 1st March 1st 2012 in Berlin. The meeting was held on the invitation of Dr. Andreas Schockenhoff, MP and coordinator for civil society relations with the Russian Federation.

On March 7th 2012 GOLOS will report on the first findings of the monitoring of the election day in the European Parliament in Brussels. Find the invitation to the meeting here: www.werner-schulz-europa.eu/wahlen-in-russland/524-anhoerung-wahlauswertung-praesidenschaftswahlen.html

A public discussion on the elections in Russia will be hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Brussels also on March 7th. Invitation and registration: www.boell.eu/calendar/VA-viewevt-en.aspx

CONFERENCE ON THE RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA, BERLIN, 8th MARCH 2012

Berlin, 1st March 2012: On 8th March, European Exchange together with the German Association for East-European Studies, the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Russian election monitoring organisation GOLOS will stage a conference in the venues of the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. True to the slogan "Every vote counts, but who counts the vote?" the participants, Marieluise Beck (MP), Patricia Flor (MFA), Lilia Shibanova (GOLOS), Stefanie Schiffer (European Exchange), Nicolai Petrov (Carnegie Center Moscow), Heike Dörrenbächer (DGO) as well as Matthias Petschke (EC Representation) will discuss the results of the presidential elections in Russia and their impact on the future political development in the country.

For more information see the programme of the conference. To attend the conference please fill the application form here.

SECOND GOLOS STATEMENT ON AGITATION (1.03.2012)

Berlin, 1st March 2012: On 1st March, Association GOLOS has published its Second Statement on the agitation period of the presidential campaign. In the report GOLOS states, that "the negative tendencies of the fall 2011 campaign smoothly transitioned to the presidential election campaign, which was compounded by a harsh confrontation between adherents and opponents of one of the candidates and was deprived of normal political debates on the country's key problematic issues".

Read the main findings and conclusions in English here and in German here.

For the full version in Russian language click here.

See also the short analysis of the reports submitted to the website "Map of Violations"http://www.kartanarusheniy.org/ ) in English (here) and German (here).

PRESS COVERAGE OF RUSSIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN ON EUROPEAN EXCHANGE FACEBOOK

Berlin, 24th February 2012: Two weeks before the election day, European Exchange starts to monitor the world press coverage of the presidential elections in Russia. On the European Exchange facebook we will regularly update the links to the most interesting and meaningful articles considering different aspects of the election campaign. To see what’s new in the election campaign in Russia visit our facebook here.

ELECTIONS TO THE STATE DUMA - FINAL REPORT

Moscow, 27th January 2012: The election of deputies to the State Duma was neither free nor fair, nor did it meet the demands of the Russian electoral code and international electoral standards. The fundamental principles of elections were not adhered to, namely true competition and the equal rights of all sides involved, a neutral administration, independent election commissions, a vote conforming to the law and a correct vote-counting process. All phases of the election period were marked by a range of violations against the electoral code, which were designed to distort the will of the electorate and thereby remove the possibility of an appropriate representation of citizens’ interests in the most senior legislative organ of the country.

For the full report please click here for English and here for German version.

PROTEST FOR FREE ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA

Berlin, 20th January 2012: A protest for Free Elections in Russia is planned for the 4th of february. Start: Ost-Ausschuss Breite Str.29 Berlin. Please spread the message!

ODHIR: FINAL REPORT ON DUMA ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA PUBLISHED

Berlin, 15th January 2012: ODHIR has published the final report on Parliamentary elections in Russia. Recommendations include better transparency of election results, and separation between party and state as well as a series of amendments to the election code according to the Copenhague documents. www.osce.org/odihr/

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