All-Ukrainian Referendum: What It Is, Why, and How to Organize
January, 26, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed, in the second reading and in whole, the draft law “On Popular Rule Through the All-Ukrainian Referendum” (No 3612). The new law is aimed at implementing direct popular rule and address national issues. The law has already “grown” rumours and is surrounded by disinformation. That is why this article explains how the all-Ukrainian referendum is going to run in Ukraine.
Greetings, Elections, and Personal Data Collection. Monitoring of Facebook Political Ads in January 2021
OPORA analyzed the political ads in the Ukrainian segment of Facebook in January* 2021 and concluded that in this month the content was promoted by 1,054 pages that invested into 7,938 posts from USD 151,076 to 231,563**.
Myanmar: stop the coup, let election tribunals do their job
Сivil network OPORA joins the statement of non-governmental election observation organizations regarding the military coup in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Below is the full text of the statement.
Olha Aivazovska elected as GNDEM Board Chair
Civil Network OPORA's Political Programs Coordinator Olha Aivazovska has been elected as Board Chair at the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM)
Regulate not ignore. How the world controls disinformation on the Internet
Таргетована реклама у соціальних мережах та інтернет-пошуковиках відкрила прекрасний новий світ для маніпулювання громадською думкою, особливо в період передвиборчих кампаній. Соціальні мережі значно спростили ведення агітації, зробивши поширення реклами та віральних дописів дешевшим, швидшим, більш персоналізованим і часто непомітним для користувача. Ми спробували розібратися, як різні держави регулюють інформаційний простір в Інтернеті та як іноземний досвід може використати Україна.
OPORA's legal comment on the information about the death of Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes
On 17 December 2020, mass media have started to publish information about the death of Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes. Thus, different collegial bodies must act in line with Ukrainian laws, i.e., identify the fact of death, terminate the mayor's authority, and call an early election. OPORA publishes a legal comment on the exhaustive list of actions that should lead to a new mayor's election.
Personal Democtacy Forum Ukraine online. “Local dimension of digital transformation”
On Friday, November 27, 2020, we completed the fourth edition of the Personal Democracy Forum Ukraine. This time, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it took place online. In total, the conference gathered 30 experts from Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Hungary, and other European countries. During the discussion panels, they discussed what a balanced digital transformation, both on central and local government levels, but also in the non-government environment, should look like.
People’s Deputies and Their Success Stories in Running for Local Elections
57 people’s deputies were running for local councils on different levels, and also for mayoral positions. Thereat, the deputy group “For the Future” were running for candidacy almost at full strength, when 20 out of 24 members were struggling for the mandate at local elections.
Express review of local election results: party affiliation and gender component
Civil Network OPORA has analyzed 41,746 persons who were elected as members of local councils or community heads. It is worth noting that website of the CEC lacks information about almost 2000 elected councilors. This could influence the statistical data completeness and accuracy of this report.