2018 Presidential Election - Third Interim Report of Pre-Election Monitoring

The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) has been conducting long-term pre-election monitoring of October 28, 2018 presidential election since August 1, 2018. Since August 10, up to 70 long-term observers have been involved in the monitoring nationwide. The monitoring is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Third interim report of the pre-election monitoring mostly covers the period of October 1-24, as well as events that began to unfold prior to October 1 and continued or became known during the monitoring period.

During the reporting period, the election campaign entered its final phase and became noticeably polarized. Presidential candidates completed their meetings with voters nationwide. As the Election Day drew near, instances of violation of law that put equal and free pre-election environment for electoral subjects at risk became frequent.
 During the reporting period ISFED identified: 13 cases of possible pressure and coercion; 5 cases of physical confrontation and violence; 7 instances of misuse of administrative resources; 4 cases of possible vote buying; 11 cases of interference with election campaigning; 14 cases of participation in campaigning in violation of law; 40 cases of damaging campaign materials. A case of suspicious donations and facts of resignation of officials in certain municipalities are also worthy of attention.