A little cleaner: observers evaluated the changes on the Russian election

On a smaller scale

“The use of administrative electoral technologies has shifted from the day of voting at the preceding stages of the electoral process,” — wrote the final statement of the experts of the Russian movement observers “Voice”. It is at the stage of nomination of candidates and the beginning of the campaign the actions of the authorities and election commissions, together with the peculiarities of the law they created the final result of the condition.

“The voice” fixed mass influence of regional authorities on formation of local election commissions, insufficient number of observers (reduced for five years two times), the use of administrative resources during the campaign in the press and very little time to collect signatures independent candidates.

The results of observation on election day saying that “illegal technology” continue to be used, albeit in “somewhat smaller scale than in the parliamentary elections of 2011. Assessing the entire election campaign of the movement “Voice” has concluded that the elections to the state Duma of a new convocation “is far from being called truly free and fair.”

Not exactly unbiased

Preliminary opinion on the Duma elections published Monday afternoon OSCE. The international organization was represented at the election of the two groups of observers: 380 people arrived from the Office for democratic institutions and human rights, 94 another observer has written to the OSCE parliamentary Assembly. A statement released on behalf of both delegations.

The bulk of the violations occurred in the election period, whereas the polling day itself was calm enough, I agree with the “Voice” of the European experts. “Local authorities were seen in the abuse of administrative resources, they are not always treated the opponents with an open mind, the statement says the OSCE. — Election day were generally carried out in accordance with the rules, however, numerous procedural violations were noted during the counting of votes.

The work of the CEC, chaired by Ella Pamfilova observers from the OSCE praised highly enough, noting the professionalism and transparency, for example, in dealing with appeals and complaints of possible violations. The work of the regional election commissions the observers have assessed as not transparent enough.

Fixed and other faults that are not directly related to possible election fraud. So, 45% of surveyed plots had no special adaptations for people with physical limitations. In half of the cases had violated the secrecy of the ballot, and about 60% of the voters themselves did not work to fold the ballots in the approach to the ballot box. In 10% of cases the opening of polling stations was recorded by third parties. In 97% of polling stations observed the voting process, the experts evaluated as “good” or “very good”.

The press paid direct candidates very little editorial coverage — from 9 to 37% (the sample was drawn according to several leading Federal and regional TV channels, two radio stations and a few public-political newspaper).

Bored and point

From countries of the former USSR, Russia adopted the joint delegation of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and the CIS observation Mission only 189 people. Day 19 of September in the building of the CEC on the Big Cherkassk lane the representatives of the CIS held a final press conference, giving the elections a high rating. According to the delegates from neighboring countries, the elections complied with the principles of democratic elections were open and competitive. “Some of the weaknesses noted by the international observers on election day were not of a mass character and couldn’t affect the outcome of the vote,” — said the head of Mission of the CIS observers Vladimir Garkun.

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The Council under RF President on development of civil society and human rights (HRC) focused on the course of voting. Monitoring group of the HRC worked at the polling stations in 12 regions of Russia. “I believe the elections are legitimate, and their results credible, — said the head of the Council Mikhail Fedotov. — The other thing is that individual polling stations, and for individual single-mandate constituencies will need to check the signals about violations that arrived from there”. In General, Fedotov called the elections “boring” and called for overcoming this develop civil society.

With an optimistic conclusion, made on Monday, the delegation of the parliamentary Assembly of the CSTO, consisting of seven representatives of the parliaments of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. According to observers, the media provide citizens with the necessary information about the candidates, election campaigning was conducted in accordance with the law and did not violate the rights of participants in the electoral process.” While observers from the CSTO “found some shortcomings in the voting process that do not affect the outcome of the vote and have a technical character.”