Vienna, 24 October 2023: At the press conference to present the updated 2023 Democracy Index, setbacks in terms of media freedom in Austria were noted. Since the Democracy Index was first developed and presented in October 2022, there have been regressions in media freedom and a slight decline in freedom of information. Positive developments were recorded in the [...]
Brussels, 28 August 2023: Election-Watch.EU (EW), together with the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI), and the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) published a Policy Paper to the upcoming European Parliament elections in June 2024. The findings and recommendations are outlined in four chapters: 1) Equality and Inclusion, 2) Transparency, 3) Accountability, and 4) Risks and Opportunities.
Four thematic [...]
Vienna, 9 January 2023: Election-Watch.EU (wahlbeobachtung.org) welcomes the submission of a private member bill by the governing parties to reform Austria’s electoral law and election conduct. The proposal to amend the electoral law includes some planned measures that our working group has already put forward in its list [...]
Vienna, 19 December 2022: Eleven Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) covering transparency, press freedom as well as civic and human rights met with Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler and Minister for the EU and Constitution, Karoline Edtstadler, in the Federal Chancellery of the Republic to discuss a draft law on information freedom, which is now pending since two years. Government representatives listened to the CSOs’ criticism on the draft and promised [...]
Vienna, 12 August 2022: In 2022 there will be another federal presidential election in Austria and tens of thousands of election officers will once again be needed to ensure that the elections run smoothly. The Austrian presidential election in 2016 and the problems that arose in connection with the conduct of the election drew attention to the issue of polling station commissions (poll workers) and raised the question of a possible need for reform. [...]
Vienna, 17 May 2022: In recent years, election administration has become a subject of intensified debates, raising questions of how to organize elections to ensure electoral integrity. One question concerns who should serve as members of polling station boards, administer election day proceedings, and participate in the vote count. Different models co-exist in modern democracies, with some countries – among them Austria – actively involving the [...]
Vienna, 20 April 2022: wahlbeobachtung.org is once again initiating a panel discussion with representatives of all parties represented in Parliament to discuss possible electoral reforms. This event, co-organised with the Parliament Directorate, follows the successful electoral reform panel discussion event at Parliament in September 2018.
The poll workers nominated by the campaigning parties are a central part of election administration in Austria. Due to the popularity [...]
Brussels, 20 April 2022: Election-Watch.EU conducted a comparative study about persons with disabilities’ suffrage and accessibility rights within the 27 EU Member States for the 6th Human Rights Report of the European Disability Forum (EDF). The results of the study will be published, presented and discussed in a Webinar on Monday, 16 May 2022. Those interested can register here for the zoom webinar.
The European Parliament elections take place every five years [...]