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Parliamentary Elections in Georgia 2016: FInal Report

  The parliamentary elections held in Georgia on 8 October 2016, with repeat voting in a few precincts on 22 October and a second round of voting in a number of single-candidate constituencies on 30 October, were generally in line with international standards. However, the authorities need to investigate and address the serious shortcomings described […]

EPDE board member Lilia Shibanova prevented from leaving the Russian Federation

source:   Lilia Shibanova, the founder of the Russian election observation network “Association GOLOS” and a board member of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) is currently being prevented from leaving the Russian Federation. While entering the Russian Federation in November 2016, she was a subject of a strict border control. The passport […]

Parliamentary Elections 11 September 2016 in Belarus: OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Final Report

The 11 September parliamentary elections were efficiently organized, but, despite some first steps by the authorities, a number of long-standing systemic shortcomings remain. The legal framework restricts political rights and fundamental freedoms and was interpreted in an overly restrictive manner. There was an overall increase in the number of candidates, including from the opposition, but […]

Federal Elections in USA: Expert trip by EPDE and the Russian GOLOS

  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 […]

EPDE monitors the polling in majoritarian districts in Georgia

  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 seond round is necessary to elect members of the […]

Violence marred an overall orderly Election Day in Georgia

  Joint Preliminary Statement on the first round of the Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Georgia on 8 October 2016 (Berlin, Brussels, Oslo and Tbilisi, 9 October 2016) The joint international election observation mission of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), International Elections Study Center (IESC) and International Partnership […]

Fake Observers Praise Primaries in Occupied Territories in Eastern Ukraine

Jaroslav Borka, MP Czech Republic, Communist Party   The internationally unrecognized “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republics” (“DPR”/”LPR”) held so-called “primaries” on October 2, 2016. “Primaries” are meant to pre-select possible candidates for the local elections in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions. By conducting primaries, “LPR” and “DPR” intend to prepare candidates for […]

EPDE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

  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 […]

International “Election Observers” Whitewash Fraudulent Referendum in Azerbaijan

Aleksandar Nikoloski, PACE Vice-president and leader of the fraudulent PACE observation mission to Azerbaijan. Foto:   On September 26, 2016 Azerbaijan held a hastily called, and controversial, referendum. The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) has monitored the conduct of international election observer missions. EPDE is highly critical to statements made by international election […]

ISFED: violations of the electoral legislation became frequent

  On October 3, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) published the fourth interim report of pre-election monitoring of the October 8, 2016 parliamentary elections.    The report covers the period from September 2 to October 1, during which ISFED observers attended 643 public meetings held by electoral subjects.   As the […]

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