Lilia Shibanova, EPDE board member and founder of the Russian election observation network GOLOS was arrested by Belarusian boarder control at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border in the evening of May 12 2016 and was forced to leave the train directing to Moscow. Lilia Shibanova who is also a member of the Presidential Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation was on her way to the session of the Council and to a conference on election observation in Moscow. EPDE calls on the authorities of the Russian Federation and of Belarus to immediately release Lilia Shibanova and to clarify the situation.
Interviews at CIvilNet television with EPDE experts: Lene Wetteland, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Roman Udot, Movement Golos, Russia and Adam Busuleanu on the conduct of the Constitutional Referendum In Armenia. The experts present results and conclusions on the pre-referendum campaign and the voting day.
Citizen Observer Initiative and the European Platform for Democratic Elections found an unprecedented number of violations on the December 6 Constitutional Reform.The referendum campaign was marred by massive misuse of administrative resources to campaign in favor of the constitutional changes and influencing the voting and tabulation process via control of electoral administration on the territorial and local levels. Inaccuracy of voter lists remained the most crucial issue considering the confidentiality of voter participation that leaves room for later manipulations. On the voting day, observers reported an unprecedented number of violations of the electoral law and international standards which had systemic character. Citizen observers and some of the international media reported intimidation and threats across the country. Numerous manipulations of the voter lists, violations during the voting and the vote count, as well as high number of cases of direct falsifications of results by electoral commissions influenced the final outcome of the referendum.
Citizen Observer Initiative and the European Platform for Democratic Elections declare the results of the Constitutional Referendum illegitimate. Systematic violations of the electoral law and intimidation and threats toward citizen observers at the December 6 Constitutional Referendum were unprecedented in the Armenian history, Citizen Observer and EPDE experts announced at a press conference in Yerevan on Dec. 7.
Citizens Observers Initiative together with EPDE experts will present the results of the voting day observation. The press conference will be held on Monay, 7 December at 11.00 (UCT/GMT+4) in the Media Center located on 30 Saryan, 2nd floor, Yerevan 0002, Armenia. SImultaneous English translation will be provided. Live streaming available on the imc.epde.org website.
The main findings of the pre-referendum campaign highlight the following violations and concerns: manipulation of number of voters, misuse of administrative resources, lack of action on previous recommendations on election legislation reform, non-compliance of referendum with international standards and Armenian law, human rights consequences of the proposed amendments.
Citizens Observers Initiative together with EPDE experts will present the conclusions on the preparations for the Constitutional Referendum in Armenia. The press conference will be held in the Media Center located on 30 Saryan, 2nd floor, Yerevan 0002, Armenia at 11.00 (UCT/GMT+4) with simultaneous English translation. Live streaming will be provided on the imc.epde.org website.
Yerevan, 1 December 2015: EPDE opens International Media Center in Yerevan, Armenia for the Constitutional Referendum scheduled on 6 December 2015. Domestic and international experts will provide exclusive information on the preparations for the referendum and the conduct of the voting day. Simultaneous English translation and live stream on the EPDE website will be provided during all press conferences.