GNDEM Expresses its Solidarity with Observers in Serbia and its Concern over Attacks on CRTA
The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) expresses its deep concern with increasing attacks on the nonpartisan citizen election observers, the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA), in Serbia following the December 2023 snap elections. These attacks from government officials and security forces threaten the ability of CRTA to legally observe elections and puts their safety at risk. The situation reflects significant worsening of conditions for citizen election observers and wider civil society actors and human rights defenders in Serbia.
The Year 2023 for Upgraded OPORA
Another year is getting to a close. It’s the second year of the full-scale Russian invasion and the tenth year of the russia’s war in Ukraine. A year of hard work, huge effort, and immense resilience and indomitability. We are most grateful to the Armed Forces of Ukraine who have made this year possible for us. We especially appreciate our colleagues who defend democratic values with the arms in their hands. Our priorities are steadfast. It is PARTICIPATION, SECURITY, and JUSTICE. They are deeply embedded into OPORA’s each and every activity, from the usual election observation and improvement of electoral law to documenting war crimes and monitoring migration processes.
OPORA resumes “Power of Choice” video project
Civil Network OPORA resumes the cycle of videos “Power of Choice. Important Conversations About Ukraine”. This is a series of visionary interviews with Ukrainian intellectuals for those who want to understand the world and the uniqueness of Ukrainians in it better.
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.
Experts Discuss How to Face the Challenges of Mass Migration of Ukrainian Citizens For the Organization of the First Post-War Elections
In terms of mass migration processes inside the country and abroad, the organization of the first post-war elections will require solutions to many serious challenges. In particular, participation of internally displaced persons and members of the military will need to be provided, and prevention and combating electoral fraud in the out-of-country voting will have to be addressed. It was discussed by the representatives of the Central Election Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, police, prosecutor’s office, people’s deputies, experts from international institutions and national non-governmental organizations during the round table on October, 24.
Interaction Between Law Enforcement Agencies of Ukraine and Poland to Prevent and Counteract Violations of Electoral Rights of Ukrainian Citizens in Poland
OPORA and IFES Present Joint Roadmap for Electoral Reform in Ukraine – 2023 Wartime Edition
Legal information on the impossibility of holding elections under conditions of martial law
With the approach of constitutionally established period for scheduling the parliamentary and presidential elections, the debate on the possibility of conduct of elections under conditions of martial law is heating up both in Ukraine and among our international partners. Civil network OPORA and more than 200 other NGOs have already taken a stand against the proposal to hold elections during the Russian invasion. According to Civil network OPORA, conduct of election under martial law violates the Constitution of Ukraine and runs counter to Ukraine’s international commitments.
“It is vital not to duplicate but rather to double the effort,” OPORA lawyer about the cooperation of international and national election observers
Communication and building a shared position between national election observation organizations and international missions is required not only during or after elections, but also between the elections, especially in case of the russian aggression against Ukraine.