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GNDEM Members Attend the 18th Annual Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation

In November 2023, representatives from GNDEM members Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)/West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON), Civil Network Opora from Ukraine, and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) attended the annual Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation (DoP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Continue Reading

Joint Communique on Co-operation between International and Citizen Observers

A Communique on Benefits of Co-operation between International and Non-Partisan Citizen Election Observer Organizations was launched at the Declaration of Principles of International Election Observation (DoP) Implementation Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on December 8, 2022. The joint communique notes that both international and citizen observation helps protect the rights of citizens to participate in genuine elections and that these efforts are strengthened when international and citizen observers co-operate. Continue Reading

GNDEM Special Note on UN Special Rapporteurs Statement Explicitly Recognizing Election Observers and Human Rights Defenders

The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders and on the right to freedom and peaceful assembly and of associations issued a statement on 27 October 2022 explicitly recognizing citizen and international election observers as human rights defenders. This statement marks the first time election observers have been explicitly defined as human rights defenders, and comes in light of restricting space for and rights of election observers. Continue Reading

GNDEM Convenes Observers for Dialogue on Observer Rights

In an increasing number of countries, citizen election observer groups face more sophisticated attempts to restrict or prevent their efforts to promote electoral integrity. Civil society groups face challenges to gaining and maintaining legal status, accessing key electoral processes, bans on foreign funding or technical assistance, and even repression, intimidation, arrest and violence. In April 2022, GNDEM convened a group of citizen observers from four continents for a dialogue to share experiences and discuss innovations to address these threats and restrictions. Continue Reading

“Open Election Data & Disinformation Academy: From the Basics to Advocacy” Call for Participation

The Civil Network OPORA, with support from the National Democratic Institute, is pleased to announce a call for participation in a four-day training program within the ‘Open Election Data & Disinformation’ Academy! The Academy will take place in Warsaw from August 1-4. The program is tailored for citizen election observation leaders across Europe focused on open electoral data and social media monitoring and the ways they help to reveal manipulation and prevent electoral fraud. Continue Reading

GNDEM Statement of Solidarity over the Arrest of Citizen Observers of the Uganda 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

GNDEM joins the call from Africa Elections Watch for the immediate release of detained individuals, noninterference in election processes by Ugandan security forces, and respect for the rights of independent and non-partisan election observers to monitor the electoral process as defined in the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations (DoGP). GNDEM reiterates that nonpartisan citizen election observation requires respect for the freedoms of association and to seek, receive, and impart impartial information in order to promote credible, peaceful elections and advance electoral integrity. GNDEM stands in solidarity with Ugandan non-partisan citizen election observers in these challenging times. Continue Reading

Guidance on Election Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic poses severe technical, political, and social threats to elections. In light of this situation, GNDEM has developed guidance on activities members could consider for elections that are expected to take place during the public health crisis as well as transparency and accountability efforts that could occur in the time elections are postponed. Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Convene in Belgrade to Discuss Disinformation in Elections

Representatives from several GNDEM member organizations attended an Academy on the impact of social media and elections in Belgrade, Serbia from 2-5 September 2019. This intensive academy, hosted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), addressed the tools and strategies election observers can utilize for detecting, exposing, and countering malign disinformation in election environments. Continue Reading

GNDEM Members Participate in Open Election Data Academy

From March 31 to April 3, 2019, representatives from citizen election observer groups from around the world, including several GNDEM member organizations, gathered in Bogota, Colombia to participate in an Open Election Data Academy conducted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Continue Reading

GNDEM Participates in Two Events in Colombo, Sri Lanka

From August 25 to 26, 2018, the GNDEM Coordinating Committee, representing the nine regional networks, met in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the Sixth Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation. The Coordinating Committee discussed recent challenges and opportunities in citizen election observation, and further clarified and refined network priorities and standard operating procedures, including the approval of the first set of GNDEM Protocols. Continue Reading

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