12th Ukraine Breakfast Debate – Monitoring Ukraine’s Presidential Elections: Chances and Challenges

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Ukraine is in the midst of its “Super Election Year” 2019 with the presidential elections coming up on Sunday, 31 March 2019. The most recent polls are indicating a run-off between three candidates – the current President Petro Poroshenko, the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy.1 While most discussions currently move around the question of ‘Who will make it to next round?’, Ukrainian and international electoral monitoring organisations, point out to the opaque electoral campaigning process and critical challenges, such as biased media reporting, voter bribery or even partisan election observers, for a guaranteed fair and democratic electoral process – proving once more that not only important who wins the race of becoming Ukraine’s next president, but also how fair and free this race of presidency was. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will devote our next Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 11 April 2019 to the topic “Monitoring Ukraine’s Presidential Elections: Chances and Challenges“. Together with the experienced election observers and experts Iryna Shvets, Civil Network OPORA Lviv and Anastasia Matviienko, Odessa Regional Organization of the All-Ukrainian NGO «Committee of Voters of Ukraine», we will dive into the depth of Ukraine’s Presidential election process and will address the following questions:

During our Breakfast Debate, our experts will not only answer these questions among many others, but the participants will also become active as “election observers” themselves. The event is therefore split in two parts: 1. the classical Ukraine Breakfast Debate and 2. the “Election Monitoring” Working Session. We warmly invite you to join us on 11 April 2019 at “Der Bogen” (An der Michaelbrücke 1, 10179 Berlin).

This event is a joint venture of the IEP projects “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC) and “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” (CiSEP). The project PAIC aims at promoting professional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and transferring knowledge about developments in Ukraine to Germany. PAIC is conducted in close cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tanks development and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office. The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change-makers in Ukraine. It creates a network of Association Agreement specialists with the common goal of enhancing Ukraine’s European integration. It is conducted in close cooperation with the Civil Network OPORA & Odessa Regional Organization of the All-Ukrainian NGO «Committee of Voters of Ukraine» and is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Register: Please register by 8 April 2019 via email at matthias.meier@iep-berlin.de.

Terms of participation:
The number of seats is limited! After successful registration and confirmation, participation is obligatory.
The event is held under Chatham House Rule. By registering, you acknowledge that the Chatham House Rule applies.
Please note that pictures will be taken during the event. By registering, you agree to their public release.


1 http://razumkov.org.ua/napriamky/sotsiologichni-doslidzhennia/riven-doviry-do-suspilnykh-instytutiv-ta-elektoralni-oriientatsii-gromadian-ukrainy-2