MOSCOW, 1 March.Commissioner for human rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova drew the attention of the regional ombudsmen on the most typical violations during the last election campaigns, and urged them to be ready to fight with the same violations in the voting this year. Among them, in particular, unjustified removal of observers from polling stations.
“Not always justified removal of observers from polling stations. Such complaints we had”, – Pamfilova said at the seminar-meeting with regional commissioners for human rights, presenting the monitoring data. “Of course, we then understood, and the CEC, and the number of regions attentive to our comments, but time is almost gone, elections held,” she said.
In addition, Pamfilova drew attention to the fact that in the vote unusual activity manifested among the prisoners. “Within two years, which is phenomenally high, almost 100% activity during the voting of detainees in detention centers. Very big gap amid 30-40% of the total turnout,” said the Commissioner. “In jail, there is practically non-existent, and there, except you, no one will go,” added she, turning to their colleagues from the regions.
Pamfilova also pointed to “weak inform the public about the locations of polling stations and the lack of adequate conditions for voting to people with physical disabilities, for persons with disabilities”. She recalled that the law establishes the obligation of authorities to ensure conditions for unhindered disabled persons to the voting room.
The observance of electoral rights placed under house arrest
Pamfilova also said that the system of electoral rights of citizens under house arrest, has not been established practically in any region of Russia.
“There was a problem with those who is under house arrest. We watched, almost in any region of the system of election administration at home for those who is under house arrest, no,” she said.
Pamfilova noted that the regional ombudsmen will conduct a thorough monitoring of the observance of electoral rights of citizens in the Duma and regional election campaigns. “Independent status (authorized) allows you to quickly intervene to prevent possible violations, abuse of administrative resources in places where public observers do not have neither forces, nor powers,” she said.
According to Pamfilova, the work of the regional ombudsmen should be directed to the people remained the credibility of the elections.
Attention to the observance of electoral rights of citizens, prisoners under house arrest, drew the precedent of the capital, opposition activist Konstantin Jankauskas. In 2014 he planned to participate in the elections to the Moscow city Duma, however, against it criminal case was brought as part of an investigation of the funding of the mayoral campaign of Alexey Navalny. The court, he was sent on house arrest, registration as a candidate for Deputy of the election Committee insisted on personal appearance of Jankauskas. In the end, registration was denied, Jankauskas filed a complaint to the constitutional court (CC).
The court also ruled that people under house arrest have the right to submit documents to the election Commission for nomination as a candidate through his lawyer or other official representative. The corresponding decree was published on 24 December on the website of the court.