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The “Open Parliament” on-line platform - an independent digital tool which collects credible data, structured in specific profiles of the deputies, tracking their relations with the public and private sector and their parliamentary activity. The blog is an independent on-line media providing objective information on the work of the authorities, investigating institutional violations and defending the public interest.

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“My Vote” platform is an interactive tool explaining to the voters their rights and obligations, the election procedures – deadlines, responsible institutions, filing of complaints and reports.

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“Zakrila” (which means “Shelter” in English) - an online tool presenting systematic institutional information about the refugees in Bulgaria.

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“For Fair Elections” crowdsourcing tool - a map of the violations in the election process in Bulgaria, based on the Ushahidi platform that was launched for the Presidential and municipal elections in 2011.

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For the first time in Bulgaria – an online map is crowd sourcing the violations of the election process

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For the upcoming Presidential and local elections in Bulgaria in 2011 the Institute for Public Environment Development has launched its website "For Fair Elections." The address of the site is http://fairelections.eu. One can find it easily through "Google", when typing the words "for fair elections."

 

The main goal of the web-site is to collect signals for violations of the election legislation, sent on-line, through Facebook, Tweeter, e-mail or by phone. These signals will be shown on the Bulgarian map. For each location, where a problem was indicated a text containing the description of the election violation will be displayed. Along with the message, people will be able to upload photos and videos as well.

 

This for the first time in our country will be provided a reliable source of public monitoring over the election process.

 

The platform will also collect signals for the Presidential elections from abroad. The Institute for Public Environment Development will further more carry out cooperation with networks of observers and people with experience in international missions, as well as Bulgarians living abroad, who will monitor the election process and will send reliable and credible signals. Our Organization will be registered as an election observer, thus giving an opportunity to volunteers to directly monitor the election process where they live.

 

The web-site “For Free Elections” is based on the use of the internet program “Ushahidi”, developed in 2007 by a group of volunteers in Kenya. In the last couple of years the program has turned into a powerful tool for public pressure over the institutions. More often the countries and the international organizations themselves are using the platform in order to cooperate more easily and efficiently with the society.

 

The site is being developed within the project: “Program for Development and Sustainability of the Main Mission Priorities of the Institute for Public Environment Development”. It is supported by the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe.