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GNDEM members around the world seek to effectively observe a wide range of electoral processes in their countries, employing systematic methodologies and innovative tools to do so. GNDEM highlights members’ initiatives, events and election observation programs through “success stories” featured online.

Introducing GNDEM Talks

Introducing GNDEM Talks

Starting this month, the Civil Network OPORA from Ukraine is releasing a monthly online show, GNDEM Talk, to discuss challenges to elections and democracy worldwide such as conflict and security, the effects of the global pandemic, disinformation, and modern voting technologies and more with speakers from all over the world including within the GNDEM community. June’s GNDEM Talk centered around the coup in Myanmar following national elections in November 2020. Continue Reading

GNDEM Statement of Solidarity over the Arrest of Citizen Observers of the Uganda 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

GNDEM joins the call from Africa Elections Watch for the immediate release of detained individuals, noninterference in election processes by Ugandan security forces, and respect for the rights of independent and non-partisan election observers to monitor the electoral process as defined in the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations (DoGP). GNDEM reiterates that nonpartisan citizen election observation requires respect for the freedoms of association and to seek, receive, and impart impartial information in order to promote credible, peaceful elections and advance electoral integrity. GNDEM stands in solidarity with Ugandan non-partisan citizen election observers in these challenging times. Continue Reading

GNDEM Condemns Killing of Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed

GNDEM condemns the murder of Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, the Executive Director of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), a GNDEM member organization. GNDEM joins FEFA, the broader Afghan civil society, and the international community in mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague and extends sympathies to Rasheed’s family and colleagues. Continue Reading

Regional Network's Special Report: EPDE’s Contribution to the Integrity of Elections and Election Observation

Regional Network's Special Report: EPDE’s Contribution to the Integrity of Elections and Election Observation

Over the past 1.5 years, the EPDE has developed an “Electoral Integrity Database." The goal of the database is to provide EPDE members with a unique and powerful tool to track democratic electoral reforms in their countries and to reveal mechanisms which endanger democratic processes in the region. This database will also promote domestic election experts’ recommendations that seek to strengthen democratic electoral reforms and improve electoral integrity, while denouncing messages of politically biased election observers who discredit findings of established election observation missions and whitewash fraudulent elections or legitimize illegitimate elections. Continue Reading

PACE Myanmar Observes the 2020 Myanmar General Elections

PACE Myanmar Observes the 2020 Myanmar General Elections

Myanmar’s November 8, 2020 general elections, the second conducted since the military relinquished absolute power in 2011, were a significant milestone. They followed the 2015 elections, which resulted in the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, forming the first government in decades in which civilians have control over the majority of cabinet ministries. GNDEM member People's Alliance for Credible Elections Myanmar (PACE), the country’s largest local observer group, monitored the electoral process before, during and after election day. Continue Reading

ISFED Strives to Safeguard Information Environment on Facebook Ahead of Elections in Georgia

ISFED Strives to Safeguard Information Environment on Facebook Ahead of Elections in Georgia

The manipulation of the information environment has been a powerful tool for undermining democratic principles and electoral integrity around the world. Disinformation in the electoral environment undermines key democratic principles such as a competitive process, public confidence in the electoral institutions, and informed participation. In Georgia, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) has been monitoring disinformation and coordinated inauthentic behavior on social media in the lead up to the October 2020 parliamentary elections and in between the electoral cycle. Continue Reading

Civil Network OPORA Shares Recommendations to Establish Cooperation with Law Enforcement

Civil Network OPORA Shares Recommendations to Establish Cooperation with Law Enforcement

In Ukraine, the Civil Network OPORA has cooperated with law enforcement in innovative ways to increase transparency, reduce tensions and build trust between law enforcement and civil society around elections. Such positive partnerships can help mitigate risks that law enforcement will be used as a tool for government interference in elections by exerting pressure or persecuting opponents. In this new resource, OPORA discusses how the organization established and continues to foster cooperation with law enforcement around elections in Ukraine, and provides recommendations on how to establish this relationship. Continue Reading

Guidance on Election Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance on Election Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic poses severe technical, political, and social threats to elections. In light of this situation, GNDEM has developed guidance on activities members could consider for elections that are expected to take place during the public health crisis as well as transparency and accountability efforts that could occur in the time elections are postponed. Continue Reading

EMDS Finds Azerbaijan Elections in Violation of National Legislation and International Standards

EMDS Finds Azerbaijan Elections in Violation of National Legislation and International Standards

On February 9th, Azerbaijan held snap parliamentary elections following a vote to dissolve parliament in December 2019. President Ilham Aliyev’s New Azerbaijan Party won a majority of seats in a vote that GNDEM member Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) concluded violated Azerbaijani law as well as international standards for free and fair elections. Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Convene in Belgrade to Discuss Disinformation in Elections

GNDEM Members Convene in Belgrade to Discuss Disinformation in Elections

Representatives from several GNDEM member organizations attended an Academy on the impact of social media and elections in Belgrade, Serbia from 2-5 September 2019. This intensive academy, hosted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), addressed the tools and strategies election observers can utilize for detecting, exposing, and countering malign disinformation in election environments. Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Participate in Open Election Data Academy

GNDEM Members Participate in Open Election Data Academy

From March 31 to April 3, 2019, representatives from citizen election observer groups from around the world, including several GNDEM member organizations, gathered in Bogota, Colombia to participate in an Open Election Data Academy conducted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Continue Reading

GNDEM Participates in Two Events in Colombo, Sri Lanka

GNDEM Participates in Two Events in Colombo, Sri Lanka

From August 25 to 26, 2018, the GNDEM Coordinating Committee, representing the nine regional networks, met in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the Sixth Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation. The Coordinating Committee discussed recent challenges and opportunities in citizen election observation, and further clarified and refined network priorities and standard operating procedures, including the approval of the first set of GNDEM Protocols. Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Convene for Academy on Open Data Analysis and Disinformation Monitoring

GNDEM Members Convene for Academy on Open Data Analysis and Disinformation Monitoring

From April 24-27, 2018, 15 citizen election observer groups from 11 countries, including 10 GNDEM members, convened in Belgrade, Serbia for an academy on information and electoral integrity through open election data analysis and monitoring the spread, prevalence and scope of disinformation during elections. The four-day academy included discussions on methodologies for monitoring disinformation in traditional and social media, methods for using open election data as part of election observation efforts, and various tools and skills for opening and analyzing election data to enhance fact-based findings. GNDEM members identified these issues as highly important to electoral integrity following a similar academy in 2017, and the peer-to-peer learning opportunity allowed members to share recent innovative approaches and learn from one another. Continue Reading

EU’s Electoral Reform Guide Highlights GNDEM Members’ Strategies

EU’s Electoral Reform Guide Highlights GNDEM Members’ Strategies

Citizen election observation has grown over the past 30 years into a well-established, global movement for enhancing the integrity of elections. Citizen observer groups not only monitor election day processes, but are also involved in pre- and post-election processes and between elections. Groups’ assessments of electoral processes typically include reports at various stages of the election cycle, as well as recommendations on how to best address issues to bring the elections in line with regional and international standards and to improve future electoral processes. Continue Reading

ANFREL Hosts Roundtable on Transparency and Integrity in Elections

ANFREL Hosts Roundtable on Transparency and Integrity in Elections

From November 10-11, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), in partnership with the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), hosted a Roundtable Discussion on Transparency and Integrity in Elections in Manila, Philippines. The roundtable convened election management bodies (EMBs) and citizen election observer groups from five countries - Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Timor Leste - to discuss opportunities and challenges of advancing open election data in Southeast Asia. . The roundtable builds off of the 2016 Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum III (AESF III), where the Bali commitments - eight open election data-related commitments to bolster electoral integrity and transparency - were drafted. Continue Reading

The Coalition Observes Kyrgyzstan’s First Peaceful Transition of Power

The Coalition Observes Kyrgyzstan’s First Peaceful Transition of Power

On October 15, voters in Kyrgyzstan turned out to vote in what would ultimately be the first peaceful transfer of power between elected presidents in the country - and Central Asia - since the fall of the Soviet Union. Following protests in 2005 and 2010 that led to the ouster of the presidents at the time, a new constitution was passed in 2010 introducing a strong parliament to better place checks on the presidency. Continue Reading

GNDEM Coordinating Committee Convenes for Fifth DoGP Implementation Meeting

GNDEM Coordinating Committee Convenes for Fifth DoGP Implementation Meeting

GNDEM convened its Fifth Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Citizen Election Observation (DoGP) from June 27-28, 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Participants in the annual meeting included GNDEM Coordinating Committee members from la Red de Observación e Integridad Electoral - Acuerdo de Lima (RedOIE) (formerly Acuerdo de Lima) in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab Network for Democratic Elections (ANDE), Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), East and Horn of Africa Election Observers Network (E-HORN), Election Network in the Arab Region (ENAR), European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO), European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), Electoral Support Network of Southern Africa (ESN-SA) and West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON). Following the two-day meeting, GNDEM participants also took part in a Global Electoral Integrity Dialogue, a two-day exchange convening citizen observers, international observers and election management bodies on open election data - co-hosted by the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC). Continue Reading

GNDEM Hosts Two Global Events in Tbilisi, Georgia

GNDEM Hosts Two Global Events in Tbilisi, Georgia

From June 27-28, 2017, the GNDEM Coordinating Committee, representing all nine regional networks, convened in Tbilisi, Georgia for the Fifth Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Citizen Election Observation (DoGP). Building off of previous Implementation Meetings held in Bali, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Beirut, the Coordinating Committee was able to discuss recent challenges, share experiences and best practices from their election observation work and develop action items for the coming year. Topics of discussion this year included solidarity and credibility among citizen observers; membership criteria for members to ensure activity and credibility; advocacy for electoral transparency, specifically focused on open election data; and inter-election accountability initiatives. Continue Reading

GNDEM Calls on Government of Cambodia to Stop Pressuring Citizen Election Observers

The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) has learned from credible news reports that Cambodia’s Interior Ministry has been called upon to take measures against The Situation Room (a platform of over 40 nongovernmental organizations) for its election monitoring activities focused on the recent Commune Council elections. Included among those organizations is a GNDEM member, the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL). Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Shared Best Practices, Experiences in the Balkans and Eurasia

GNDEM Members Shared Best Practices, Experiences in the Balkans and Eurasia

From April 15-17, GNDEM members and citizen election observer groups from Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia gathered in Belgrade, Serbia for the CEE Elections Academy. 12 citizen observer groups from 10 countries attended the three-day academy, including 10 GNDEM members: Society for Democratic Culture (Albania), Coalition for Free and Fair Elections and for Sustainable Democracy (Albania); Center for Civic Initiatives (CCI) / Coalition for Free and Fair Election - Pod Lupom (Bosnia and Herzegovina); the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (Georgia); GONG (Croatia); Citizens Association MOST(Macedonia); CeMI Center for Monitoring and Research (Montenegro); Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), Center for Free Elections and Democracy (Serbia); and Civil Network OPORA (Ukraine). Continue Reading

Amid Political Tensions, CRTA’s PVT Confirms Preliminary Results

Amid Political Tensions, CRTA’s PVT Confirms Preliminary Results

Serbians turned out to vote on April 2, 2017 to elect their next president. With elections called only a month before the date, the political stakes were high between then Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and a number of opposition candidates. The election was seen by many as a referendum on the policies and actions of Vucic, whose Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) represents the largest party in the ruling coalition in parliament after retaining their majority in the 2016 parliamentary elections. With a limited amount of time for candidates to campaign and amid a partisan political environment, Serbian citizen observer group and GNDEM member the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) mobilized the mission “Citizens on Watch” quickly to monitor the campaign period and conduct a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) on election day. Following the election, CRTA is monitoring post-election developments. Continue Reading

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