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PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

FORMER ELECTION OBSERVERS TELL THEIR STORIES

"The severe political crisis in Macedonia has been ongoing for the last two years and these elections were supposed to be a turning point for the state. After a ‘Color Revolution’ during the summer, the government was forced to put its act together and provide the citizens new parliamentary elections."

Macedonia

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"The country’s immense problem with corruption had the people in Moldova talking. After meeting with critical journalist Natalia Morari, we became aware of just how corrupt Moldova has become.  In correspondence to the corruption in politics, she explained the issue with the media coverage in Moldova."

Moldova - 2016

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"When crossing the big Millennium Bridge you cannot help but noticing the graffiti tag on one of the pillars saying “NATO fuck off” and Serbian flags waving at a party event for the main opposition party Democratic Front. The opposition has a loaded gun and is ready to fight Djukanovic and the rest of the establishment."

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Montenegro

"The day was the warmest day of the year so far, hitting 36 degrees midday, so one of the most important jobs were to keep ourselves hydrated. Each group were supposed to find a polling station to observe the opening procedures, visit 10-12 polling stations during the day and find a polling station to observe the closing procedures. After the closing, each group of observers were supposed to follow the ballots to the counting station, and observe the counting."

Albania

"Huge lines and crowds formed inside and outside of polling stations, leading to chaos. Some voters jumped ahead and missed a table (and thus a verification step), others simply left without voting even after having scanned their fingerprint: At the end of the day, the counting process clearly showed diverging numbers of voters according to the VADs, the voter list, and the ballots (which were fewer, not more, which would in turn indicate stuffing)."

Armenia

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"Whatever my expectations were at the time, I was pleasantly surprised. On the observation mission I was joined by an eclectic group of young people from all over the Western world. What truly made the mission stand out to me was just how enthusiastic everyone was to learn and to do a good job. There was a lot of time between visits to the various events on the program to explore the beautiful city of Belgrade and to get to know each other. "

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Serbia

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Sloviansk - Ukraine

"many residents of Sloviansk voted in favor of Yuriy Boiko. He is the candidate for the pro-Russian party “Za Zhyttia”, or “For Life”, which promises to end the war immediately and unconditionally. Before the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, as the Maidan Revolution is called nowadays, Ukraine could more easily be divided along a pro-Russian and pro-Western line."

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Moldova - 2019

"In Chișinău we saw a lot of people entering the voting booths together, violating the secrecy of the vote. In Varniţa we saw a lot of voters being bussed in to vote, some with expired Moldovan passports, and even those with passports issued by the USSR. Thanks to our interpreter, we learned that the people in line for the polling stations were discussing how much they were paid to vote for the Socialists as well as the Democrats. The offered amounts ranged from 12 to 20€."

"As this was the first Silba mission to Kyrgyzstan, or even a Central Asian country, the participants were all rather excited. And indeed there was much to be excited about, as Silba was there to observe the first presidential elections in the country since those of 2010, which were surrounded by violence and unrest. Needless to say, these elections gave way to a very interesting and eventful Silba EOM."

Kyrgyzstan

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North Macedonia

“The days before the election we visited embassies, heard the stories of civil rights activists and got all the ins and outs about the country. In the meantime we got to know the city, the best cafes, food and each other. The city center impressed every single one of us. Walking through it felt like visiting an attraction park full of enormous kitsch statues and classical buildings.”

"In Chișinău we saw a lot of people entering the voting booths together, violating the secrecy of the vote. In Varniţa we saw a lot of voters being bussed in to vote, some with expired Moldovan passports, and even those with passports issued by the USSR. Thanks to our interpreter, we learned that the people in line for the polling stations were discussing how much they were paid to vote for the Socialists as well as the Democrats. The offered amounts ranged from 12 to 20€."

Moldova - 2019

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"As this was the first Silba mission to Kyrgyzstan, or even a Central Asian country, the participants were all rather excited. And indeed there was much to be excited about, as Silba was there to observe the first presidential elections in the country since those of 2010, which were surrounded by violence and unrest. Needless to say, these elections gave way to a very interesting and eventful Silba EOM."

Kyrgyzstan