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‘Golos’ was elected to ENEMO Secretariat

The movement ‘Golos’ was elected to the Secretariat of ENEMO - The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations

Tbilisi hosted the 2017 General Assembly of ENEMO on 6-7 April. All ENEMO member organizations gathered to participate in the General Assembly.

Among other issues on the agenda, the 2017 Assembly marked the end of the two-year term of ENEMO Secretariat and Secretary General elected in 2015 in Skopje. Therefore, the Assembly voted for new composition of the Secretariat and elected the new Secretary General organization.

For the next two-year period (2017-2019) Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) from Montenegro will take on the position of the Secretary General. Four other member organizations were elected for the positions in the Secretariat: Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society (Kyrgyzstan), GOLOS (Russia), Kriik Albania (Albania), and ISFED (Georgia), who served as Secretary General in the last two years.

The Assembly also voted on membership of new organizations. While KDI became a full member organization, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) and Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) were accepted as associate member organizations.

ENEMO wishes the new Secretariat best of luck and success in their upcoming work.

The engagement of citizen activists in election observation has been further acknowledged, as Roman Udot, a member of the ‘Golos’ board, explained:

‘Such an unexpected outcome was conditioned by the narratives of independent election observation in Russia, survival skills of ‘Golos’ in the degrading democratic system and a sincere desire to share our - and yours - findings, methods, techniques and technologies with the Network observers, especially with the observers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other countries.

We find it an unexpected and frightening responsibility. Citizen election observers in Russia perceive it as international recognition of their efforts, resourcefulness and obdurate faith in the triumph of democratic principles’.

The ENEMO Secretariat is the supreme body of the Network, which is composed of five organizations, one of which is elected by the Secretary-General. Over the next two years, the Monitoring and Research Centre from Montenegro will hold the Secretary-General position.

An uncommon rivalry was inflicted between the two organizations - GONG (Croatia) and KRIIK (Albania) – for a position in the Secretariat. The winner was determined only in the second round by the last (!) ballot.