OPORA statement following the preliminary observation findings at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine in constituencies No 50 and No 87
Civil Network OPORA administered a comprehensive independent observation over the course of interim elections of people’s deputies in constituencies No 50 (Pokrovsk, Donetsk Oblast), and No 87 (Nadvirna, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast). We focused on the legality of procedures, competitiveness of the campaign, and its compliance with the international democratic standards. On the election day, March, 28, OPORA ran a short-term observation that included the registration of violations and abuse, and th...
OPORA statement on the abuse of administrative resources at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine on March, 28, 2021
Following the non-partisan observation at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine in constituencies No 50 and No 87, OPORA hereby states the violation of the political neutrality principle in candidates’ favour on the part of public administration.
OPORA’s Statement on the Fact of Sexism and Bullying Against a Female Deputy for Showing at the Official Event with a Child
The facts of public demonstration of sexism and bullying on grounds of gender or age show the society’s (im)maturity. Whenever the bullying targets the gender and family roles at the same time, as combined with the conduct of public persons, it is a model to follow in public and in personal space.
OPORA Comment Statement on the Law of Ukraine on the All-Ukrainian Referendum
On January, 26, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine cast the 255 votes of MPs to pass the draft Law of Ukraine “On the All-Ukrainian Referendum” (no 3612) in the second reading, and in whole. The draft law was developed by the parliament’s working group of the people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of non-governmental and academic organizations. Upon the formal request for feedback submitted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the draft law received a joint expert opinion from the Venice...
GNDEM Statement of Solidarity over the Arrest of Citizen Observers of the Uganda 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM), a network of 251 citizen observer groups located in 89 countries, condemns the arrest and detainment of 27 citizen observers on January 14, 2021. The arrests made at the data and information center at the Africana Hotel in Kampala included individuals from both GNDEM and non-GNDEM civil society organizations observing the Uganda presidential and parliamentary elections. The arrests of the observers inhibit the critical role of non-part...
OPORA's statement on interim observation results of the second round of the mayoral election in Kryvyi Rih
On 6 December 2020, the second round of mayoral election took place in Kryvyi Rih. Kostiantyn Pavlov (Opposition Platform - For Life) competed with Dmytro Shevchyk (Servant of the People). According to the 25 October vote results, these candidates took the second and third places, respectively, while the candidate with the largest number of votes, Yurii Vilkul (The Vilkul Bloc "Ukrainian Perspective"), refused to run further.
OPORA's statement on interim observation results of the second round of Chernivtsi mayoral election on 29 November 2020
On 29 November 2020, the second round of mayoral election was held in Chernivtsi. The vote took place at 115 polling stations, with approximately 185.5 thousand voters included in voter lists. Candidate Roman Klichuk (The Only Alternative party cell) competed with Vitalii Mykhailishyn (The Mykhailishyn Team party cell). OPORA has realized long-term and short-term observation of the second round of mayoral election in Chernivtsi. On the election day, OPORA deployed official observers to 60...
OPORA statement preliminary findings following observation of runoff city mayor elections held on 22 November, 2020
On 22 November, runoff mayoral elections took place in Berdiansk, Zaporizhia Oblas; Dnipro; Drohobych, Lviv Oblast; Lviv; Mykolaiv; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast; Poltava; Rivne; Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast; Uzhhorod; and Cherkasy. OPORA observers conducted long-term and short-term observations of the elections focusing on assessment of the quality of election procedures and the level of democaracy and competitiveness of the electoral process.
OPORA statement preliminary findings following observation of rerun city mayor elections held on November 15, 2020
Civil Network OPORA conducted independent non-partisan observation of the repeat mayoral election held on November 15, 2020 in Lutsk, Odessa, Sumy, Kherson, Kamianets-Podilsky of Khmelnytsky Oblast, Kramatorsk, and Ukrainka of Kyiv Oblast. In all localities, except Ukrainka, the rerun election was called because none of the candidates had won more than 50% of the votes cast during the October 25 election. Mayoral elections in the communities with 75,000+ voters are held under an absolute majo...