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Training Local Election Commissions and Political Party Observers

Open Society Foundation - Ukraine

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $80,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2004
  • Location Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Geographic Focus Ukraine

About this grant

Although Ukraine’s economic growth is stable and visible and civic activity is on the increase, the country’s leadership often acts contrary to the tenets of democracy and justice. Many Ukrainians are putting their hopes on the fall 2004 presidential elections to bring about change. Recent monitoring of elections indicate that the most significant violations of elections legislation occur on the voting day at local polling stations where members of local election commissions (LECs) have almost exclusive control over the course of the election process. It is critical to ensure that member of these commissions are able to perform their functions properly and effectively.Funding will support a project to promote transparency and fairness during the elections by training LEC members and official observers delegated by political parties about their rights and duties in preventing elections law violations. Objectives include developing a training module and manuals for LEC members and observers; providing direct Internet access to training materials and answering questions on election laws and procedures; organizing 10 training seminars for 30 participants in 10 regions of Ukraine; and distributing a manual for election observers.The Open Society Foundation – Ukraine was established in 2001 to promote participatory democracy and open society in Ukraine by involving voters and their organizations in the political process.