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.
ISFED reports violations in runoffs of mayoral elections in Georgia
Tbilisi, November 11, 2017
In an assessment of the pre-election period ahead of the upcoming runoffs of mayoral races scheduled in six electoral districts on November 12, ISFED observed instances of harassment and intimidation on political grounds intertwined with misuse of administrative resources in Ozurgeti, which threaten equal and free pre-election environment. High concentration of intimidation cases in Ozurgeti resemble 2016 parliamentary elections.
Please find the whole report here.
Results of the second mini-grant competition
Kyiv, November 10, 2017
The Kyiv Dialogue is pleased to announce the results of the second mini-grant competition. A total of 109 applications were submitted, among them seven winner projects were selected by the jury.
We congratulate the winners and wish them every success in the realization of their projects!
The Kyiv Dialogue invites all organizations to participate in the mini-grant competition next year!
"Golos" analysed non-transparent campaign financing
Moscow, November 09, 2017
In the first analytical report Golos reveals non-transparent financing of services during elections of governors held in September 2017. According to the report, the significant costs of services of political advisers have not been properly declared. Such financial violations which apparently exceed the limit of 10% of spendings by electoral funds of candidates can cause cancellation of election results.
More (in Russian)...
Think European – act local – municipal cooperation with Ukraine
Nuremberg, November 2/3, 2017
The conference "Ukraine and the EU at local level: what can we learn from each other?" took place in Nuremberg in November, 2-3. The shaping of the mutual relations between the EU (or Germany) and Ukraine at the municipal level was in the focus of this event. Well-known speakers such as Prof. Karl Schlögel, Rebecca Harms, Yuri Durkot and committed Ukrainian panelists from Kharkiv, Krivyi Rih, Donetsk and Kiev contributed to success of the event and gave a strong impetus to the further development of Ukrainian-German municipal cooperation.
Annual Meeting - Citizens or population: how to Create an Enjoyable Community
Kyiv, October 27/28, 2017
On October 27-28, 2017, the Kiev Dialogue hosted the 13th annual conference, which took place in Kyiv this year. The conference was successfully organized as an open space. This allowed the participants from the Ukrainian regions and the international partners to creatively engage in conversations and exchange of experiences.
Over 120 participants from Ukraine and Germany, who already had "Success Stories" in citizen participation, took part in the conference. The participants included experts from Germany, Ukrainian activists, representatives of Ukrainian authorities and journalists.
Citizen's participation and community development at the grassroots level
Kyiv, September 21, 2017
The Kyiv Dialogue has been cooperating with reform-oriented actors in the Ukrainian regions since summer 2017. The new nationwide network of the Kyiv Dialogue develops methods of citizen participation in urban development processes in 35 small and medium-sized towns in the Odesa, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Sloviansk, Mariupol, Lviv and Cherkasy oblasts. Active citizens promote in their cities participatory approaches in public space design, local government and transparent budgets, local small business development and the fight against corruption and maladministration.
“Golos”: On September 10, Russia held administratively controlled elections
Moscow, September 12, 2017
The “Golos” movement conducted long-term and short-term public monitoring of the Single Election Day elections in Russia on September 10, 2017. The monitoring resulted in analytical reports and the statement. According to it the Central Election Commission' policy of intolerance to violations and fraud had an overall positive effect on the election process. Nevertheless, illegal strategies and tactics are still prevalent in certain regions.
Silence in the media: "Golos" on campaign for Russian municipal elections
Moscow/Berlin, September 2017
On “Single Voting Day” of 10 September 2017, elections of various levels will take place in Russia. The heads of the regions (governors) will be elected, as well as the deputies of regional legislative bodies and members of the State Duma in single-mandate constituencies, among others. On the occasion of these elections, EPDE publishes a series of reports written by its Russian member, the “Golos” Movement, analyzing in detail electoral problems, practices and challenges. Please see below the second report of this series.
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.