Vienna, 16 October 2020: wahlbeobachtung.org conducted an assessment of the 11 October municipal elections in Vienna and the appropriateness of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, under the aspect of international human rights standards. The study was based on desk research and interviews with the Vienna municipal election office, the election office of the Ministry of Interior, municipal health authorities, electoral staff, political parties, [...]
Brussels/Vienna, 25 September 2020: Election-Watch.EU was invited by the European Commission to share the findings and recommendations of its Rapid Assessment on Covid-19 and Elections in Europe with the European Cooperation Network on Elections, which assembles representatives of election management bodies from the EU Member States.
In April 2020, Election-Watch.EU has conducted a Rapid Assessment [...]
Election-Watch.EU contributed to a comprehensive input paper on the European Democracy Action Plan coordinated by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD).
In addition a joint statement with 5 demands for the European Democracy Action Plan was drafted and endorsed by a coalition of 46 organisations working on democracy, human rights, [...]
Bukarest/Vienna/Online, 20 July: Election-Watch.EU (wahlbeobachtung.org) was invited to speak at the Expert Forum online debate on planning election observation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of the international event organised by the Expert Forum (EFOR) was to exchange experience and good practice on how to [...]
Lisbon/Vienna, 4 June 2020: wahlbeobachtung.org / Election-Watch.EU was invited to contribute to the online training course of VoteDHr. The Portuguese training program for elections, democracy and human rights of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra took place online due to the Covid-19 situation. Michael Lidauer explained the work of wahlbeobachtung.org in Austria and provided [...]
Vienna, 30 April 2020: The United Nations have called the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic the biggest international crisis in generations. As the number of infected people began to mount rapidly, governments across Europe put in place a variety of measures to contain the spread of the virus. Many of these measures reflect how emergency situations can impact the safeguarding of fundamental rights and democratic practices.
In mid-April, Election-Watch.EU [...]