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 [...]
Tirana/Vienna, 21/22 January 2020: The OSCE Office on Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) invited Election-Watch.EU to contribute to the conference „Participation of Women, National Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Electoral Follow-up“ in Tirana, Albania. Armin Rabitsch and Michael Lidauer shared experiences and lessons learned from their civil [...]
Tirana/Vienna, 7. December 2019: Election-Watch.EU met with Albanian national authorities, civil society organisations and international support organisations during a mission to Tirana between 5 and 7 December, to understand possible needs regarding the conduct of elections and ongoing democratic reforms. Following the last round of parliamentary elections in 2017 and local elections in 2019, Albanian stakeholders are currently undertaking an open-ended electoral [...]
Prague, 19 November 2019: At the invitation of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), 20 electoral experts met in Prague to discuss the risks of disinformation in elections and possible countermeasures. The special focus of the event was the communication via social media, disinformation and election integrity, especially in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
University of Vienna and wahlbeobachtung.org / Election-Watch.EU undertake joint research study with the support of all political parties represented in parliament with the aim to strengthen electoral practices in Austria.
Political parties are increasingly encountering difficulties in finding interested and motivated citizens to take on the role as polling station commission member. Wahlbeobachtung.org / Election-Watch.EU has been advocating to open the system of polling [...]
Vienna, 21 October 2019
What is the impact of social media on civil society at large, and elections in particular? Should we monitor this, and if yes, how?