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Georgia takes important step in consolidating conduct of democratic elections, but some key issues remain...

02/10/2012 | Election observation

Georgia’s parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections, although certain key issues remain to be addressed, concluded the international election observers in a statement released today.“Despite shortcomings, these elections were very competitive,” said Luca Volontè, the Head of the PACE delegation.

PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

25/09/2012 | Election observation

A 22-member PACE delegation, led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will travel to Georgia from 29 September to 2 October to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Forthcoming elections 'will be a litmus test of Ukraine’s commitment to democratic principles'

22/09/2012 | Election observation

The forthcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine will be a litmus test of Ukraine’s commitment to democratic principles as a step towards further European integration, a PACE pre-electoral delegation said at the end of a two-day visit to Kyiv (20 and 21 September). The seven-member delegation, which met representatives of all the main parties running as well as election officials and civil society groups, urged a number of steps aimed at ensuring Ukrainian voters are able to make a free choice among genuine alternatives on 28 October, in line with Ukraine’s commitments to the Council of Europe.

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Ukraine

14/09/2012 | Election observation

A seven-member PACE delegation, headed by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Kyiv on 20 and 21 September 2012. The delegation aims to assess the electoral framework and campaign ahead of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 28 October 2012.

Upcoming parliamentary elections crucial for Georgia’s democratic development

12/09/2012 | Election observation

The forthcoming parliamentary elections in Georgia, on 1 October 2012, are crucial for Georgia’s democratic development and will be a litmus test to confirm the country’s commitment to democratic values and principles, said PACE pre-electoral delegation that visited Tbilisi on 11 and 12 September 2012. It welcomed the competitive and pluralist election environment, which will give the voter a real choice between distinct alternatives on election day. However, the delegation expressed its serious concern about the increasing polarisation and antagonism in the pre-electoral environment, which is overshadowing the election campaign.

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Tbilisi

06/09/2012 | Election observation

A five-member PACE delegation led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Tbilisi on 11-12 September 2012, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Georgia on 1 October 2012, to assess the electoral framework and campaign. The delegation is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Foreign Minister as well as representatives of the political parties running in the elections.

Armenian elections competitive and largely peaceful, but shortcomings undermined confidence in the process...

07/05/2012 | Election observation

Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Armenia featured a vibrant and largely peaceful campaign, with overall balanced media coverage, but pressure on voters and a deficient complaints process created an unequal playing field, the international election observers said today.

Serbia’s elections open and highly competitive, additional transparency needed

07/05/2012 | Election observation

Serbia’s parliamentary and early presidential elections on 6 May 2012 took place in an open and competitive environment but additional efforts are needed to improve the transparency of the election process and the functioning of the media, international observers said in a statement issued today.

Presidential election in Russia: a clear winner, but voter's choice limited and a lack of fairness

29/04/2012 | Election observation

The 4 March presidential election in Russia showed "a clear winner with an absolute majority", but the voter's choice was limited, the electoral competition lacked fairness and an impartial referee was missing, according to the final report of PACE's delegation to observe the election. "Due to increased citizen awareness and involvement, these elections were more lively, better managed and more seriously observed," said the report, by delegation head Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL).

PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Armenia

27/04/2012 | Election observation

A 24-member PACE delegation led by Baroness Nicholson (United Kingdom, ALDE), will travel to Armenia from 4 to 7 May to observe the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, the European Parliament and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE.

PACE delegation to observe parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia

27/04/2012 | Election observation

A 20-member PACE delegation, led by Jean-Charles Gardetto (Monaco, EPP/CD), will visit Serbia from 4 to 7 May 2012 to observe the parliamentary and presidential elections alongside observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE.

Serbia: statement of the PACE pre-electoral mission

19/04/2012 | Election observation

A PACE pre-electoral delegation visited Belgrade to assess the preparation of the elections and the election campaign on the eve of the parliamentary and early presidential elections of 6 May 2012. The delegation welcomed the smooth preparation of the elections, which will mark an important moment for the country, as it will elect at the same time its representatives at presidential, parliamentary, provincial and local level.