We want to update you on our new project “Maidan-Monitoring: Elections 2012”.
Maidan created a web based Geo-Mapping system to document the violations during the parliamentary elections in Ukraine this year.
We are collecting reports with photos, videos and official documents, for example those, that were issued by government offices. Our editors verify them using crowdsourcing. Our lawyers evaluate them and provide legal comments. The Maidan team contacts government authorities on violation cases and publishes their responses.
The main difference of Maidan’s approach compared to similar efforts in other countries is that we verify information before going live and we publish only reports supported by hard evidence, which can be used in lawsuits by interested parties.
An English version of our site is available, the interface is properly translated and the text of complaints is google translated. However if somebody is interested in a more accurate translation and interpretation of particular incidents, we will gladly provide it upon request.
Up to this day we have recorded 77 complaints of violations of electoral law. The violations documented so far are:
- bribery of voters – 58,
- pressure of the government – 22,
- outright fraud – 8 (some incidents qualify for several categories).
Our objective is monitoring of elections as one of the basic human rights in Ukraine. We monitor other political rights as well – freedom of assembly, freedom of information, freedom of expression, etc. Details are at http://maidan.org.ua/monitor/
Our project is non-partisan. It is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation and we secured some private funding by citizens not affiliated with any parties or candidates.
The “Maidan-Monitoring: Elections 2012” project is implemented by the Maidan http://maidan.org.ua web site team – the cradle of civic journalism in Ukraine. In 2004 the Maidan web site team provided most of the evidence used by the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the legal dispute over results of presidential elections.
NGO responsible for the project is the Civic Information and Methodology Center “Vsesvit”.
For more info contact
Natalka Zubar, Civic Information and Methodology Center “Vsesvit”, CEO