Maidan Monitoring:Election 2012Monitoring the observance of the Law“On elections of people’s deputies in Ukraine” during theParliamentary Election in Ukraine on October 28th 2012Project is supported by the International http://world.maidan.org.uaRenaissance Foundation and members
Maidan’s ElectionMonitoring StoryMaidan.org.ua Online community formed in 2000 by activists united to protestthe murder of independent journalist Georgiy Gongadze.2004 – Maidan was the main internet hub for Orange Revolution; Volunteers reported up to 1500 news a day. Monitors aggregated election reports from 30 countries 70 cars patrolled election precincts in Kyiv and coordinated via site Reports were used in the Supreme Court2006 – Parliamentary election, first project on citizen sociology, we comparedvoters’ preferences and priorities of the politicians and correctly predicted very sadfuture of the Parliament2010 – President’s election, we documented the total lack of communication withcitizens and predicted the failure of social dialog with the next elected PresidentSite gets 120.000 visitors per month for 8 last years.Most of our visitors are dedicated activists. Our projects traditionally involvehundreds of volunteers http://world.maidan.org.ua
The Monitoring Team2012 – Parliamentary election, we formed a team of dedicated professionals toproperly monitor and document the observance of election law – 16 people total.The project name was “Maidan Monitoring: Election 2012”.Maidan is a network of experienced human rights activists, law,psychology, communication and IT experts, journalists and technicallysavvy concerned citizens. We telecommute for 12 years. Our core team members live in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Simferopol, Ternopil, Kremenchuk, USA and Canada.Throughout all of its history Maidan has been bringing togethercivil activists from Ukraine and abroad dedicated to strengtheningdemocracy in Ukraine. http://world.maidan.org.ua
Project ConceptTo create a factual map of electoral law violations we:1)crowd sourced photo, documents and video proofs ofviolations,2)had experts verify them,3)posted verified data on map,4)encouraged feedback.Thus we created a vibrant link between activists on theground and expert democracy advocates, enabling highlydetailed, factual mapping of violations.Well continue to develop this success in our newprojects fostering this valuable connection between http://world.maidan.org.uaactivists and experienced democracy advocates.
Monitoring Elections2012. Interactive crowd-sourced map of violations of electoral law. Citizen reportswere added to the map only accompanied by photo and/or video evidence andafter verification by law experts. We observed the systemic violations. 476 volunteers reported from 421 locations. Together with ombudsman we made the Central Election Commission to add warning signs about cameras not observing the voting booths.1637 complaints regarding violations of the electoral law were added to the interactive map.The total number of violations reported to the project team was 7062.Software and experience will be used for monitoring Parliamentary election in Ukrainenext elections. We monitor elections since 2004. were held on October 28, 2012.
Timeline and stats Number of violations per cities Sources of reports on the map Regional distribution of violations http://world.maidan.org.ua
Violations with MostImpact on Election Results1. Administrative pressure2. Widespread deception of voters, e.g. public works funded by the state budget are presented to voters as results of private efforts of a certain candidate or party.3. Widespread indirect bribery of voters.4. Obstruction of campaigning5. Violations in election commission’s functioning6. Inequality of participants Our detailed monitoring summary had been sent to all international observers. We had officially submitted them to Ukrainian government authorities. http://world.maidan.org.ua
Worst OffendersThe major violator of the Election Law is the Ukrainian government, who:1. Did not provide the stable, transparent, unambiguous election law thus having failed to maintain the principle of legal certainty.2. Did not guarantee that the organization of district election commissions in carried out in perfectly transparent and legitimate way.3. Does not protect the citizens from manipulations and extralegal coercion which is becoming the major threat to society along with corruption. Most reports of violations are related to Party of Regions and affiliated candidates.Our monitoring summaries had been officially submitted it toUkrainian government authorities. They have been used by Cabinetof Ministers. http://world.maidan.org.ua
Data FlowReports were crowdsourced from a quickly growingnetwork of concerned citizens determined to hold those responsiblefor violations of the law accountable. Information is being submittedthrough a web form, email, phone, or social networks. Reports included video or photographic evidence or official documents and were verified by the editors and evaluated and commented on by the lawyers. We engaged 470+ volunteers from all regions of Ukraine. There were reports from 420+ locations.Most violations were reported from Odesa region,Kyiv city and Kharkiv region. http://world.maidan.org.ua
Reporters: Making aDifference1. Citizens submited not only final cases but also informed us on upcomingevents.2. Volunteers “picked up” on information and made photos and videos.Sometimes it took traveling to long distance.3. Activists were using the reports on the map in courts and sometimes wonCrowdsourced photos of flags of Party ofregions displayed at local councils in villagesnear Odessa caught attention of theOmbudsman. As a result the violationstopped. Roman Bilyk, volunteer, Teplodar, submitted 8 reports
Empowering CitizensWe encouraged netizens to look for and document violations by providing themwith simple visual HowTos - Motivators based on real reports.Our visual motivators were eagerly shared. They sparked legal discussions and madepeople talk about the ethical issues in the elections. The photo (left) shows political advertising of party of Regions on a public transport in Luhansk. Gifts branded with political logos, given to kids in a school near Kyiv.The legal discussion about this (above) picture started ourcommunication and cooperation with Ombudsman’s http://world.maidan.org.uaoffice.
InternationallyAknowledgedWe established working contacts with international election observers from:Canada (CANADEM), OSCE, USA, Japan and the European Parliament andUkrainian diaspora.Meeting with CANADEM representatives in Kharkiv -Sept 26th 2012 Our expert Yuriy Lukanov (on the right) – key speaker in the debate on "The Ukrainian parliamentary election 2012 in the perspective of the Civil Society Representatives" in the European Parliament, Brussels - Sept 26th 2012English language summaries of our project findings were verypopular and were used by many observers http://world.maidan.org.ua
More InfoContact MaidanNatalka Zubar, Kharkiv, UkrainePhone: +380 50 401 23 83Email: email@example.com Skype: nelliza111Oleksiy Kuzmenko, Washington, DCPhone: 202 549 20 68Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: oleksiykuzmenkoOur site in English http://world.maidan.org.uaThe monitoring summary and periodic reports could be found thereInterface map is available in Englishhttp://maidanua.org/vybory2012/main?l=en_USReports are Google translated,human translations are available upon request.The “Maidan-Monitoring” project is supported by the InternationalRenaissance Foundation and the contributions of team members http://world.maidan.org.ua