Electoral fraud, obstruction of independent observers & massive arbitrary arrests. Welcome to elections in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan fails to meet OSCE standards for democratic elections – in its statement of preliminary findings and conclusions the observation mission points out to: lack of competition, limiting voters’ fundamental rights & freedoms, and the politicized Central Electoral Commission (CEC). […]
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Kazakh regime flexes its muscles in the run-up to the January elections Tightening the authoritarian grip (source: Int. media coverage) Despite the encouraging news of Kazakhstan abolishing the death penalty on Jan 2nd, the wider picture is not all so rosy. With the elections approaching, the authorities put further pressure on the civil society – […]
On Dec 21st, armed to teeth Kazakhstani officers stormed the houses and farms of Eric and Kalyk Mendigazievs. As the official line went, they were investigating the theft of 10 horses. In a rush to find them, they checked all the usual places: wardrobes, baths, and sofas – not bothering to visit the stables… This ludicrous operation of the security forces has taken aback even the horses’ owner himself, stunned that the theft was used as a pretext for harassment of his fellow farmers. Yet, this kafkaesque sequence of events has become depressingly familiar to those monitoring the ways and means of pursuing the opponents and critics of the regime. And, although the story sounds all Borat, unlike Borat that is just a comedy, the ongoing situation in the country is a far cry from it. The odd “rodeo” played by the authorities is really just another attempt to silence Eric and Kalyk’s close relative and human rights defender, Barlyk Mendigaziev.
Please, listen to the citizens of Kazakhstan January 10, 2021, is upon us, and with it comes a critical time for Kazakhstani civil society. With the parliamentary election looming large, the authorities are trying to ruthlessly silence any voice of dissent. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan plays a deceptive game with the international community by inviting – to […]
With the parliamentary election in Kazakhstan looming large, the authorities are trying to ruthlessly silence any voice of dissent. Since June 2020, we have observed a significant deterioration of the human rights situation in the country – the latest figures show at least 28 political prisoners and 95 cases of ongoing political persecutions. Now, just a month before the January 10 elections, the regime is using Chinese technology to attempt to cut the citizens off from the internet and social networks, which provide the only alternate source of reliable information and the only channel through which citizens can report electoral fraud. Simultaneously, the Central Election Commission has just imposed further draconian restrictions on election observers’ rights that amount to a de facto ban on their participation altogether. The authorities also rushed to ban online donations for NGOs. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan plays a deceptive game with the international community by inviting – to only a limited number of polling stations – ODIHR international observers.
This side-event is aimed at bringing together CSOs and Members of PACE who took part in election and human rights observation missions, with the goal to discuss the current situation and attitude of the new and old ruling elites towards the challenges of the future.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent who is in charge of relations with Moldova and Eastern European countries, visited Chisinau on 5-6 December. In an interview with the NM editor-in-chief Galina Vasilyeva, Kent spoke about how the United States will assess the Moldovan elections
The current President being the only one promoted in the media, and the absence of any political agenda for Nazarbayev’s puppet opponents – Anna Koj of the Open Dialog Foundation talked about the electoral campaign before the presidential elections in Kazakhstan, in an interview with Radio Radicale.
Early presidential elections resemble a staged play under the facade of democracy. Uncompetitive elections are a way for Nazarbayev to consolidate autocratic power.
A press conference was held in the Polish office of the European Parliament on Monday, 27th October, summarising the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
On Sunday, 26 October, we were collecting money outside the Ukrainian Embassy to support Ukrainian soldiers in ATO zone. Our volunteers collected nearly 5 000 PLN.
In its dispatch on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) cited, amongst others, Bartosz Kramek – Chair of the Council of the Open Dialog Foundation
The website naszemiasto.pl mentioned the vote that took place on Sunday at the Ukrainian Embassy.
Warsaw’s gazeta.pl reported on the ODF’s activities related to the parliamentary election in Ukraine.
On Sunday, 26th October, early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine. The Ukrainians residing in Warsaw could vote at the Ukrainian Embassy.
On 22-25 May 2014, the Open Dialog Foundation organised a short-term observation mission to Ukraine in order to monitor the electoral and vote-counting process in the parallel elections for Ukraine’s Presidential and local elections.
The Internet edition of Wprost published analysis on the Ukrainian presidential elections. The article also poses the question of whether Ukraine will succeed in taking on a democratic, pro-European course, or if the country will remain under Russia’s influence.
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine (15.09.2012 – 15.10.2012)
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine (15.08.2012 – 15.09.2012)
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine (15.07.2012—15.08.2012)
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine 15.06.2012 – 15.07.2012
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine 15.05.2012 – 15.06.2012
Upcoming elections in Ukraine
The events in Zhanaozen and reaction to them are still the most prominent issues.
In Kazakhstan, the stage of candidate nomination is coming to an end and international organisations are forming observation groups.
The presidential election in Kazakhstan hasn’t reached the mark, the Head of ODIHR/OSCE observers Daan Everts declared reporting the preliminary results of election campaign monitoring.
The candidate Eleusizov has declared during the voting on April 3, that he and all his family will give their votes to Nazarbaev.
Incumbent president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev according to preliminary information, won the election of the Head of the state that was held on April 3.
As the Geokz.tv website informed, the Public Health Department of the Eastern Kazakhstan District was given an assignment to organize the 100 % voter turnout of their employees.
On March 24th, 2011 the Central Election Committee (CEC) has accredited more than 860 international observers on presidential elections.
NSDP considers illegal the exclusion of Clause 8 of Article 43 of the Law on Elections from the authorities of Party representatives having an advisory vote regarding their right to obtain a copy of the protocol attested with signatures of head and secretary of an election commission.
In Kazakhstan struggle develops for compliance of fundamental law – the Constitution – by the incumbent administration of the country. Astana sees arrival of activists of an established public Committee “Let’s Defend the Constitution”.
The Central Electoral Committee of Kazakhstan (CEC) does not agree with the facts of violations during electoral process found out by the mission of ODIHR/OSCE.
By data for March 24th various state structures of the country received more than 50 complaints about the infringements of pre-election process.
On March 11th the Central Electoral Commission asked the State Office of Public Prosecutor to check up on the information about these infringements.
More than half of 9 mn registered voters in Kazakhstan signed a petition earlier calling to hold a referendum to extend the President’s mandate.
On the eve of the local elections both the opposition and the mass media kept repeating the wary premonitions: as soon as the elections are over, the hell will break loose.
On October 31, 2010 new authorities were in fact taking an exam demonstrating if they are ready to follow democratic procedures and are able to fulfil election promises.
On 31 October 2010, a group of observers invited by the “Open Dialogue Foundation”, after having received accreditation from the Central Elections Commission of Ukraine, participated in a short-term observation of the voting process in the town of Drohobych, Lviv region.
In order to make observation on the day of election Open Dialog Foundation created a group of 30 observers from Poland accredited by The Central Election Committee and 30 interpreters.
Long-term observation was organized by an observation group which consisted of Yaroslav Prystash, editor of weekly of Ukrainian minority in Poland “Nasze Słowo” and Danilo Bekturganov – expert of election campaigns in Kazakhstan.
Voting constituency – Pustomyty.