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Maidan-Monitoring: Elections 2012


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Ukrainian laws and international treaties adopted by Ukraine guarantee the citizens free elections. According to these legislations the term “free election” is not limited to free voting itself but also presumes the creation of proper conditions to form the voters will, the observance of legal procedures during the election campaign. We will show you how it works in Ukraine in practice.
The objective of our project “Maidan Monitoring: Election-2012” is to collect and analyze the documented evidence of violation of electoral law during the election to Ukrainian Parliament.

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Maidan-Monitoring: Elections 2012

  1. 1. 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 2012
  2. 2. Maidan’s 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 projectstraditionally involve hundreds of volunteers
  3. 3. The Monitoring Team2012 – Parliamentary election, we formed a team of dedicated professionals toproperly monitor and document the observance of election law.The project name is “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.
  4. 4. Interactive Mapof Election ViolationsCrowdsourced reports are only added to the if they are properly accompanied byphoto and/or video evidence and after verification by projects law experts The map functions since June 9th. Citizens submit reports since July 9th.784 complaints regarding violations of the electoral law added to the interactive map as of September 27th 2012.The total number of violations reported to Parliamentary election in Ukraine willthe project team is 2742. be held on October 28, 2012.
  5. 5. 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, which is expressly forbidden by the law.4. Direct physical violence5. Pressure on and close-down of independent media Our first detailed monitoring summary had been sent to all international observers. We had officially submitted it to Ukrainian government authorities.
  6. 6. Worst OffendersThe major violator of the 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 first detailed monitoring summary had been officiallysubmitted it to Ukrainian government authorities. It hasalready been used by Cabinet of Ministers.
  7. 7. Data FlowReports are 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 include video or photographic evidence or official documents and are verified by the editors and evaluated and commented on by the lawyers. We engaged 250+ volunteers from all regions of Ukraine. There are reports from 280+ locations.Most violations are reported from Odesa region,Kyiv city and Kharkiv region.
  8. 8. Reporters : Making aDifference1. Citizens submit not only final cases but also inform us on upcomingevents.2. Volunteers “pick up” on information and make photos and videos.Sometimes it takes traveling to long distance.3. Activists are using the reports on the map in courts and sometimes win.Crowdsourced 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, submitted 7 reports
  9. 9. Empowering CitizensWe encourage netizens to look for and document violations by providing them withsimple visual HowTos - Motivators based on real reports.Our visual motivators are eagerly shared. They spark legal discussions and makepeople 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’soffice.
  10. 10. Impact. Sharing FindingsOur original content is eagerly shared (with credits or not) by major news mediaincluding Ukrainska Pravda, UNIAN, etc. However, our major distributors arevolunteers - active citizens who share it via social networks. Peak traffic on ourfacebook page was 56000 views.We offer weekly summaries of verified reports added to the interactive map andcustom publication for particularThe preliminary results of the project were presented in UNIAN press agency inKyiv on September 18th. The next presentation is planned for October 15th.Our data is actively used by the government authorities and internationalobservers as a reliable source of information on elections.Project Results are covered in the national media, and our partnersinclude Ukrainian Service Voice of America” broadcasts on Ukraine’s “Channel 5”).
  11. 11. InternationallyAknowledgedWe have working contacts with international election observers from:Canada (CANADEM), USA, Japan and the European Parliament and seeking more.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 are verypopular and are used by many observers
  12. 12. Whats Next?Our future projects will aim to involve general public to report and document violations of the political rights of Ukrainian citizens. So far we focus on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.We will continue to focus on the freedom of speech on the Internet especially considering new threats to the freedom of expression that emerged recently.We encourage you to : Consider projects reports and data in evaluation of Ukrainian elections Provide assistance to project team in spreading awareness on Maidans efficiency in carrying out a large scale crowdsourced monitoring project Involve projects experts into discussions, round-tables and experts meetings dedicated to Ukraines upcoming elections as wells as freedom of speech, human rights and civil freedoms monitoring.We are positive that we bring a unique expertise and perspective on UkraineCurrently our long-term partners include the InternationalRenaissance Foundation and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection
  13. 13. More InfoContact MaidanNatalka Zubar, Kharkiv, UkrainePhone: +380 50 401 23 83Email: Skype: nelliza111Oleksiy Kuzmenko, Washington, DCPhone: 202 549 20 68Email: Skype: oleksiykuzmenkoOur site in English monitoring summary and periodic reports could be found thereInterface map is available in English 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