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Note from the GNDEM Team

On November 6, GNDEM member Ética y Transparencia, as a member of the Panorama Electoral consortium, observed general elections in Nicaragua. In spite of restrictions and limitations on observers’ right to monitor the elections, Panorama Electoral deployed 650 observers to all of the country’s municipalities. Observers did not have access to key processes throughout the day, including the vote count and tabulation. Observers reported that in the morning after the election, election results were not visible in 38% of the voting centers observed. In addition, through its observation of the pre-election period, involving 152 long-term observers, Panorama Electoral highlighted significant flaws  during the pre-election period, including a biased electoral management body, widespread abuse of state resources by the ruling party, FSLN, and a lack of genuine competition during the campaign. 

GNDEM member Promo-LEX monitored the second-round of presidential elections in Moldova on November 13. Promo-LEX conducted PVTs for both the first round (held on October 30) and the second round. During the second round, Promo-LEX’s observers found few cases of violations, with low incidence of violence or busing of voters. The group’s final PVT findings were in line with the official results from the Central Election Commission.

On November 26, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) conducted its first PVT for the Ondo state elections in Nigeria. Through their #WatchingtheVote initiative, YIAGA deployed 340 stationary and 23 mobile observers to a sample of 300 polling stations every Local Government Area (LGA) in Ondo state. YIAGA’s observers noted that in 100% of polling units, voting procedures such as marking the voter register and using indelible ink were followed according to INEC protocol. However, observers noted some shortcomings, particularly compromising of the secrecy of ballots in 14% of polling stations, and inconsistencies in the two-step card reader process for verification of voters’ identity. YIAGA’s PVT results were able to verify the Ondo election results, with projections for the top four candidates within the designated margin of error. 

ISFED’s PVT confirms parliamentary election results

For Georgia’s October 8 parliamentary elections, GNDEM member ISFED monitored the quality of electoral processes and conducted a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) of the race. ISFED has employed this systematic methodology to verify results or expose electoral fraud for the last nine elections in Georgia. This year, ISFED’s observers provided an impartial assessment of the pre-election period and election day, helping to build public confidence in the outcome of the competitive election.

ISFED deployed 600 PVT observers to a nationwide representative sample of polling stations to assess the quality of elections. According to observers’ findings, 95.8% of Georgia’s polling stations were open on time and 98% of voters cast their vote using proper forms of identification. ISFED was able to project election result ranges for the proportional race the following morning, which showed Georgian Dream winning with an estimate of 49.1%, the United National Movement winning 26.8%, with the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia at 4.9%, within a range to cross the 5% threshold needed to enter Parliament.

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