Call for mini-grant applications
Cherkasy, June 13, 2017
Within the project of Kyiv Dialogue and with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Coalition of public associations “Moloda Cherkachshyna” (Ukraine) encourages public associations and foundations from Lviv, Volyn, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv Oblasts, as well as from government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to apply for a mini-grant.
The aim of the competition is to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding in society, improve urban space and solve certain problems of local authorities. Projects should be devoted to urban development; the significance of issues should be justified by the local/regional authorities.
Deadline: July 17, 2017
Challenges and Prospects of Electoral Reform in Ukraine - EPDE Policy Paper
Berlin-Kyiv, Juni 25, 2017
Electoral reform is a crucial component of a strong and sustainable democracy in Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian election legislation ranks among the least stable in Europe. Six out of the last eight parliamentary elections in Ukraine were held under different electoral legal frameworks. In most cases, either new wording or major changes to the electoral legal framework were introduced shortly before the elections.This prevented experts, political parties, and other stakeholders from engaging in an open, fully-fledged debate on the amendment bills. Both parliamentary and local elections shared the same set of problems. This paper outlines the most important challenges of the current electoral reform process in Ukraine.
EPDE research trip to French parliamentary elections
Paris, June 12, 2017
The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and several of its member organisations from Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany and Lithuania conducted a research trip to the second and decisive round of the French parliamentary elections. Six election experts from the EPDE network participated in this study trip to the elections that took place on 18 June 2017.
Challenges for electoral reform in Moldova discussed at international conference
Chisinau, June 9, 2017
On 23 May 2017, EPDE member Promo-Lex Association held an international conference in Chisinau focussing on the electoral reform currently pushed forward in Moldova. The conference took place under the title “Options and considerations for reforming the electoral system of the Republic of Moldova. Comparisons from international experience”. Based on the experience of other European countries, several international experts discussed risks and advantages of reforming the electoral law in Moldova.
Over 2000 violations reported during election day in Armenia
Yerevan, April 2, 2017
The 3112 independent and non-partisan observers of Citizen Observer Initiative monitored the conduct of election day in Armenia at 1521 precincts. The observers registered overall 2131 cases of violations during the preparation of voting, the conduct of voting, counting and tabulation of votes, out of which 1243 have been so far verified.
Independent Observer Public Alliance: Elections in Armenia non-free and accompanied by widespread control over voters
Yerevan, April 11, 2017
‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance identified widespread and organized abuse of administrative resources, unequal competition conditions for nominated parties and blocs. IO highlights atmosphere of impunity resulting from the improper reaction and inaction of the RA Central Election Commission, the Police and other law-enforcement agencies also affected the election day. The desired results for the ruling party through its territorial candidates were ensured by vote-buying and other illegal means not prevented or examined properly by competent authorities so far.
Despite some improvements many violations reported during elections in Armenia
Yerevan, April 3, 2017
Citizen Observer Initiative and Independent Observer Public Alliance together with the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) presented their findings on the monitoring of election day held on 2 April in Armenia. The independent observers concluded that despite some improvements in the electoral legislation, the number of reported shortcomings during the campaign and on election day raise doubts that the election results truly reflect the will of the Armenian voters.
Golos coordinator sentenced to four days detention after protests in Saratov
Saratov, March 26, 2017
On 26 March 2017 Russian police arrested hundreds of mostly young people for joining nationwide anti-corruption protests in Russia. Officially accredited Civic Monitoring Commission was deprived of the right to monitor the activities of the police. Member of this Commission and coordinator of the EPDE member organization "Golos" in Saratov Alexandr Nikishyn, who is also a correspondent of the Information Agency "Free news" ("Svobodnye novosti") and presenter of the "Open channel" ("Otkrytyi kanal") was sentenced and arrested for 4 days.
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.
More information about this you can find here.
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.
Please read more about this here.
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.