The President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, confirmed that an exchange about electoral reforms will take place on 13 September 2018 at Parliament. Representatives of the parliamentary clubs, the Ministry of the Interior, the OSCE and wahlbeoabchtung.org will deliver statements. Wahlbeobachtung.org has been invited to present its own electoral reform proposals to the Members of Parliament.
Wahlbeobachtung.org opinionates in the Wiener Zeitung on 20 July 2018: “It needs as soon as possible an inclusive and participatory electoral reform process to discuss comprehensive electoral reforms and to adopt new electoral laws in time for the European elections.”
In less than a year, on 26 May 2019, the 18 parliamentarians who represent Austria in the European Parliament will be newly elected in Austria. This election requires an electoral amendment in order to comply with the [...]
At the end of March, Member of the National Council, Alfred Noll, sent a written request to the Federal Minister of Interior, Herbert Kickl, regarding the OSCE/ODIHR Final Report on the 2017 National Council elections and the implementation of the recommendations contained therein. Noll wanted to know if, when and in what form 16 of these outstanding recommendations would be dealt with or for which reasons there was no implementation so far.
Vienna, May 17, 2018. – In a meeting with the President of the National Council Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka and parliamentary Director Dr. [...]
The team of Wahlbeobachtung.org, together with students of 4th year school classes of the BHAK Eisenstadt, has developed a workshop on elections, democracy and democratic processes entitled “Electoral Systems and the Understanding of Democracy”.
This five-hour, practice-oriented and interactive workshop has now been presented and made accessible to the students of all Burgenland BHS under the patronage of the president of the state parliament, Christian Illedits, in a cooperation [...]
A revised and more comprehensive version of the catalog for electoral reforms compiled by wahlbeobachtung.org (Election-Watch.EU) has now been published by the Journal für Rechtspolitik.
Austria is the host country of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and chaired the OSCE in 2017. Since 2010, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE / ODIHR) has deployed a total of nine election missions to Austria. The OSCE electoral assessment and [...]
Vienna: Every two years, the Association of Austrian Adult Education Centers awards the Barbara Prammer Prize for outstanding work and initiatives in the field of civic education. The Ludo Hartmann Prize Jury and as additional jury member, Mag. Gertraud Diendorfer-Ratzenböck from the Democracy Center Vienna, awarded this prize to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wahlbeobachtung.org for their project of the same name. The awards ceremony took place on 5 April 2018 in the premises of Parliament. in [...]
Marcelo JENNY (Institut of Political Science, University of Innsbruck), Armin RABITSCH (wahlbeobachtung.org), Hubert SICKINGER (Institut of State and Political Science, University of Wien), and Melanie SULLY (Go-Governance) discussed how comprehensive electoral reforms, following a participate process including civil society representatives, could be stipulated. Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).
The final report of the OSCE / ODIHR Election Assessment Mission to the parliamentary elections on 15 October 2017 once again confirms that Austria is a solid democracy. However, further improvements are needed to fulfill Austria’s obligations under the OSCE and other international standards for democratic elections.
The Election Assessment Mission, sent by the OSCE/ODIHR (OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights), lists 17 recommendations on how to improve electoral and electoral [...]