On September 8, ISFED issued the first interim report of monitoring the pre-election environment of the 2017 Local Self-Government Elections. The report covers the period between July 24 and September 4, 2017 together with the developments that took place before July 24 but continued during the monitoring period.
Campaign took place in a mostly peaceful environment. ISFED observers monitored 82 public meetings held by electoral subjects.
In the reporting period, ISFED observed 2 cases of physical violence, 2 cases of intimidation/harassment, 1 case of dismissal on alleged political ground, 3 cases of misuse of administrative resources, and 1 case of interference with observer activities. The process of composition of precinct electoral commissions (PECs) in 8 electoral districts went with certain irregularities. Social media was used for deliberately spreading fake reports against opposition candidates. Also, evident were the cases of possible mobilization of budgetary resources for electoral purpose in 37 municipalities and five instances of provision of medical services free of charge.