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 [...]
Brussels, 28 January 28 2020: The Constitutional Committee of the European Parliament (AFCO) invited Election-Watch.EU to present its Election Assessment Mission’s findings and recommendations to the Members of the European Parliament. Former European Parliament President and current Constitutional Committee Chairperson Antonio Tajani introduced Election-Watch.EU.
The presentation of Election-Watch.EU’s Election Assessment Mission’s [...]
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 [...]
Brussels, 27.11.2019: Election-Watch.EU was invited to present the findings and recommendations of its Election Assessment Mission (EAM) to the 2019 European Elections at a network meeting of European election management bodies (EMBs) at the European Commission in Brussels. Michael Lidauer presented the background, objectives, key findings and recommendations of the EAM, which was the first comprehensive, civil-society based election observation exercise at European level.
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?