Opinion: Elections and war are incompatible
Had it not been for Russia’s full-scale war, Ukrainians would have engaged in a heated political season in the lead-up to the parliamentary elections on Oct. 29, as well as the presidential elections in March of the upcoming year.
Wartime Elections in Ukraine Are Impossible
Laws for voting abroad stipulate that Ukrainian citizens must travel in person to a polling station (located at an embassy or consulate) to cast their ballot on election day. Not only would this require many Ukrainians to travel hundreds of kilometers in some countries, but it would completely overwhelm the capacity of the polling stations to count them. As Aivazovska explained to Foreign Policy in an interview, diplomatic facilities “don’t have the human or financial resources for [holding v...
Why Ukrainian democracy is worth the investment
The 15th annual meeting on the implementation of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation (DoP) is taking place in the European Parliament in Brussels on December, 6-8. The event engages organizations acting in the field of international election observation. In particular, Olha Aivazovska, Chair of the Board of Civil Network OPORA, who also heads the Board of the Global Network of National Election Observers (GNDEM), is the speaker at the event. Below, we publish ...
Russia is an Empty Shell and Fake
У Конституцію України батьки-засновники урочисто записали, що єдиним джерелом влади в державі є народ. Але і в Основному законі РФ формально вказано ідентичні норми, втім вони не наповнені жодними символами, чи змістом, тому як пусті слова не вартують нічого. Цінності – те, за що ви готові багато віддати, а не продати за умовні домовленості з владою про забезпечення базових потреб, ідеологією щодо компромісів з нав’язаною системою координат чи затлумити власну волю, зрівнявши її в асфальт кол...
40 Years of Wilderness for the "good russians"
The discourse about good and bad russians should be channeled into a constructive line. The Righteous cannot wait for the putin regime to be overthrown after losing the war, at the cost of thousands deaths of Ukrainian military and civilians. They must act now.
Rigged Russian referendums: Putin’s plan to annex occupied Ukraine
With no end in sight to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin is currently preparing to stage fake referendums in occupied regions of the country as a prelude to annexation. While there is little danger of the international community officially recognizing the results of such obviously rigged and illegitimate ballots, Russia’s referendum plans nevertheless have the potential to significantly escalate the war and must be prevented from proceeding.
What is wrong with committee's decision on the increased party influence on local self-government at the level of 10,000 voters? (Olha Aivazovska's BLOG)
We have actively discussed yesterday the decision of VRU committee concerning the increased party influence of local self-government (in communities over 10,000 voters). Although this problem has many sides, the violations of international standards for fair and free elections did take place.
Elections Amid the Pandemics
The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has transformed labour markets in just a few weeks. It shattered global economy, suspended global trade, closed the borders, and made us reconsider the practical efficiency of health care system.
I believe that nonpartisan election observation is a valuable investment into electoral integrity
On November 6, Panel Discussion on the Role of Citizen Election Observation in Promoting Electoral Integrity was held at the European Parliament. Olha Aivazovska represented Civil Network OPORA and took the floor.
Rigid Lines and Elections in Donbas
Elections in Donbas are to be held. Sooner or later, under the Minsk Agreements or otherwise, if, of course, the authorities and society seek to return territories and people.
Elections in Germany, or the society based on confidence
The secret of elections in Germany is simple: confidence in government institutions, positive practices, simple procedures and functioning law-enforcement system which secures inevitable punishment for crimes. However, the electoral system is quite unusual. One my colleague said during the official meeting that it's the third time he visits Germany and, finally, he managed to understand its electoral system. The host, who represented the state institution, laughed off: "Please, explain it...