Honest and boring: experts assessed the results of the campaign in 2016

New style of the Central election Commission

The autumn elections of the state Duma — the first campaign under the new composition of the CEC under the leadership of Ella Pamfilova, who replaced Vladimir Churov.

According to Pamfilova announced at a CEC session of September 14, 17 June the Central election Commission received a total of 2,300 contacts on matters related to the conduct of elections of different level, scheduled for September 18, including 1415 cases associated with the elections of the state Duma.

For comparison, in the course of preparation of elections of the state Duma of the sixth convocation of the CEC, as of a week before voting day, has received 616 hits.

After coming to the CEC Pamfilova there was a loud precedent with the election in Barvikha and the removal of the two chairmen of the regional commissions — Moscow and St. Petersburg, then in the CEC went a flood of complaints, explains the rising number of applicants to appeal to the CEC for the elections expert Andrei Buzin.

Just by results of consideration of the evidence found 50 complaints in other cases information was not verified or the verification is still ongoing, quoted Pamfilova TASS on Wednesday. Testing continues on more than 300 cases, said the then Chairman of the Commission.

The new composition of the CEC is very sensitive to all signals on violations within their competence, said the co-Chairman of movement “the Voice” Grigory Melkonyants. “They are doing everything to work with every complaint, reviewing our reports. This is in stark contrast to 2011 — before we were either ignored or called a provocation”, — he stressed. According to Melkonyants, “Voice” began to receive feedback from CEC. For example, when “the Voice” made a memo of what to do a voter if he puts pressure on the employer, the CEC posted a memo on its website and launched a relevant video on the Central TV channels.

According to Elder, CEC more often than in previous years, began to make decisions in favor of Complainants. In particular, complaints about the refusal to register candidates early and often served in the courts, and now more willing to appeal to the CEC, he said. With Buzin not agree with the political scientist Alexander Kynev. The fact that the CEC often restores the registration of candidates in the election commissions than the courts, is nothing new — it was under the Supervisor, he said.

Progress towards liberalization in the work of the CEC until a point, recognizes Buzin. According to him, the tendency, when in response to complaints replies are preserved. The main influence on the liberalization has been the Chairman of the Commission, but the whole composition of the apparatus and the CEC has not changed much and the style of their work remained the same.

The work of the new composition of the CEC has changed the reaction of the Commission to criticism of public men to address regional commissions, said Kanev. “There is no more presumption of innocence of the regional Commission, which, if the Supervisor was often. Earlier, the CEC publicly defended the regional election commissions and participated in the information war against the public and the opposition. Now they came from the “untouchables” — said the expert.

However, the will of the CEC does not always apply to lower-level commissions adds Melkonyants. “Regional election commissions used to work in the trained observers, lured organizations and local administrations”, ” Melkonyants.

On the criticism of the CEC reacts as painful and sharply attacked in response, as if Churov, said Kanev, citing as an example the conflict over the “Party of pensioners”.

Sluggish campaign

According to experts, election campaign of 2016 was the most sluggish in the current decade. Listless and “not left an appreciable trace information” recognized campaign the report of the movement “Voice”, dedicated to the presence of the parties in the media during the election period. This state of Affairs experts explain the fact that the midst of the campaign came in the summer holidays and the passivity of the political “players”.

The campaign is amorphous, ideologically and technologically insipid, according to political analyst Eduard Corridors from the Committee on political technologies of the Russian Association on public relations, also released a report on the chances of parties. According to him, “it came down to sluggish information flows in media and leaflet-banner war games”.

The expert Committee Alexey Kurtov noted that all the party leaders, was a colorless, hidden by the figure of the President: “the impression that he headed virtually all of the party except, perhaps, Yabloko and Parnas.

Experts of Committee of civil initiatives former Vice-Premier Alexei Kudrin, the reduction in the intensity of propaganda campaigns explain in their report the overall strategy for reducing voter turnout and minimize pre-election activity.

The most popular topics of agitation in the Duma elections was the resignation of the government of Medvedev and the fight against corruption. President Vladimir Putin criticized at first only one party — PARNAS, but later it was joined by “Apple”.

The campaign in most regions was dull, according to the report of the Committee of civil initiatives Kudrin. According to experts, was dominated by the “indirect mass propaganda”, not video. For example, it’s coverage of candidates in the media, distancing from political parties, which nominated candidates, etc.

Not interested Russians and debate. According to the poll conducted in early September, 23% of Russians said that watched the debate the candidates. The declining interest in the debate, the head of VCIOM research projects Mikhail Mamonov explained by the lack of real debate, and that the electoral choice is already determined.

According to TNS, the program “Elections 2016” which was released on the First channel from 29 August to 12 September, saw an average of about 1.4 million people (2% of the population). The debate on “Russia 1” in the period from 22 August to 8 September looked almost as many people (1.2 million, 1.8% of the population). Modest the audience was the debate on “Russia 24” (from 23 August to 12 September) — 212 thousand people (0.3% of the population). About the same audience was, “TV Center”, which produces the program “Elections 2016″ in the period from 29 August to 12 September,” — 272 thousand people (0.4% of the population).

Pamfilova also said that he could not be called the last debate interesting.

“We have recorded a decrease in the share of those who not simply declare their intention to vote, but do go to the polls,” said September 12, VTSIOM Director General Valery Fedorov. He explained this by the fact that the older generation that “in Soviet times, used to have to go to the polls, unfortunately, is gradually disappearing, and the young people to the polls almost never.