Belarus after the local elections: Is the revival of the Belarusian electoral system possible?

Berlin, March 14, 2018

During the round-table meeting, organized in Berlin on 14 March by ZOiS and EPDE, the experts of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" will discuss whether the reanimation of the electoral system can take place before the election in Belarus in 2020 and will look at the challenges of German-Belarusian relations in this context.



Golos investigation on how pseudo-public organizations simulate civic participation in Russian elections

Moscow, March 5, 2018

The simulation of the political process in Russia today looks like a conscious strategy whose goal is to replace real political activity in elections. Such substitution can become a serious challenge not only for the institution of elections, but for the entire civil society in the country.




Kyiv Dialogue in the regions

Lviv, March 2, 2018

In December 2017, the Kyiv Dialogue was accompanied in the regions by the film crew. Within the framework of the anti-corruption conference in Lviv, this short film shows how tireless efforts of activists, coordinators and participants from all over the country contribute to a better future for Ukraine.



Perspectives for EU-Russia relations

Brussels, February 28, 2018

At this conference the ALDE Group is going to present and discuss its “Blueprint for an EU Strategy towards Russia”, which outlines how a more active EU should engage to get Moscow to respect international law and also its human rights obligations laid down in the Russian Constitution.




Local elections in Belarus: Final report

Minsk, February 21, 2018

The electoral process did not comply with a number of key international standards for democratic and free elections. This is evidenced by the lack of equal access to the media for all candidates, the absence of impartial electoral commissions, numerous cases of voter coercion to participate in early voting, and opacity of some election procedures for observers.



EMDS Statement on the scheduling of the early Presidential Election

Baku, February14, 2018

The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) analysed the legal-political environment in connection with the scheduling of the early Presidential Election in Azerbaijan on 11 April 2018 and concluded that although the presidential decree on bringing the election to a earlier date is in line with the Constitution and the Election Code of the country, it is against the principles of democratic constitutionalism and periodicity of elections.



Golos: More than half of the 121 recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR on elections have not been implemented

Moscow, January 26, 2018

More than half of the 121 recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR on elections have not been implemented. Golos analysed the reports of the organization following the results of five federal elections in Russia from 2003 to 2016. The worst situation can be found in the regulation of agitation and media work: only six out of 25 recommendations were implemented to some extent.



Position of the Batory Foundation’s Teams of Experts on the Act of Law amending the Electoral Code

Warsaw, January 31, 2018

The Batory Foundation wishes to express a deepest concern, and to draw attention to the threats connected with the change of electoral rules implemented by the Act dated 11th January 2018 on the amendment of certain acts of law in order to enhance the citizens’ participation in the process of electing, functioning and controlling certain public bodies.



New Golos report on the nomination of candidates for the Presidential election

Moscow, January 26, 2018

According to the report, a positive change compared to the 2012 presidential elections is a significant reduction in the required number of signatures to be collected by candidates in support of their nomination. However the legal inequality of candidates from parties represented in the State Duma as opposed to candidates from other parties (as well as self-nominated candidates) remains unchanged.



Local elections in Belarus: Report on monitoring the registration of candidates for deputies

Minsk, January 24, 2018

According to the report, a total of 22,713 candidates for local councils of the twenty-eighth convocation have been nominated, which almost equals the number nominated during the last local elections of 2014 (22,784). Most candidates were nominated by citizens through signature collection — 15,172, which represents 66.8% of the total number of nominees, labor collectives — 5,356 (23.6%), political parties — 813 (3.6%).



EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform In Ukraine #4

Kyiv, January 24, 2017

The fourth issue of the “EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine” analyzes the controversial Draft Law No. 7366 which advocates to replace the current mixed electoral system with a fully majoritarian system. The introduction of an exclusive first-past-the-post voting system, as proposed in Draft Law No. 7366, would fundamentally contradict the goals of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity and the commitments of the coalition.