Digital generation of observers will assess the legitimacy of the elections in the constituent entities of the northwestern Federal district

SAINT PETERSBURG, March 7. /TASS/. Thousands of observers, the first public houses in partnership with non-profit associations, will monitor the transparency and legitimacy of the presidential elections on March 18 on the territory of 11 subjects of the North-Western Federal district (SZFO).

Public supervision will not only involve broad layers of people, but will be high-tech: for fixing and operational audit messages about the violations connected to a dedicated phone line, social networks and even blockchain.

In recent weeks, volunteers, including students, parents, lawyers, veterans, completed a thorough training in modern techniques, including using distance learning and testing.

Monitoring will be conducted by the group of observers from international organizations such as OSCE and CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, and candidates and parties.

The use of blockchain

In St. Petersburg the elections of the President of the Russian Federation will observe more than 4 thousand people, said member of the Public chamber of the city, the rector of the Leningrad state University. Pushkin Stanislav Eremeev.

It is planned that they will be present at the polling stations were not specific candidates, but as members of the public. The organization has signed an agreement with the Saint-Petersburg electoral Commission on the training of observers, many of whom had no prior experience observing the voting process.

Corps “For clean elections” with the support of Association of lawyers of Russia for a few weeks before the election is also organized in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, special training of observers.

“We will be present at each polling station,” – said TASS, the regional coordinator of housing Dmitry Kuchta. According to him, the students were mostly students of the law faculties of the universities of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

Among the innovations in the monitoring of the electoral process the current campaign Kuchta said digital platform of the National public monitoring (Sam), which will work the observers corps and other organizations.

“It [the platform] is based on blockchain technology, that is all that there made, there is no way to remove, edit, modify, which ensures the transparency and openness of this entire process,” – said Kuchta.

As reported in the Public chamber of the Leningrad region, in region 5 March ended a three-week observer training will be about 1.5 thousand people. To simplify the work of public observers in the organization based on coordinators, the hotline and mobile group, which if necessary can come to the aid of a site.

Informed voters

As reported TASS the Chairman of the Public chamber of the Pskov area Valery Pavlov, today the region has 725 observers.

“Together, we can change each other, we trust each other. I want the elections were fair. We conducted a study that clearly told, as we can see,” said TASS Belyaeva.

For the first time participate in the elections as a public observer the Chairman of the Union of Komi youth “Mi” Anna Makhotin.

“The closest to our attention will necessitate, perhaps, the counting of votes. It is important that each ballot was correctly estimated, so that nothing is missed, and it is not easy after a day of work”, – told TASS Makhotin.

Student groups and NGOs

In the Kaliningrad region for the election of the President has created a body of public observers of the 900 people that will work at all polling stations, reported TASS in the regional electoral Commission.

For monitoring the voting Public chamber of region has signed agreements with over 20 public and non-profit organizations in the region.

“Among these NGOs – representatives of Association of large families in which almost 900 members of the Russian student teams, representatives of the legal community, veterans’, and trade unions”, – said the representative of the chamber.

For observers organized the seminars, which will be held in all municipalities of the region, told TASS a member of APCO, Chairman of the Commission on public control, interaction with public tips and media regional Public chamber Igor Selivanov.

He also added that during the elections to the public chamber will operate a hot line of communication with the electorate to collect messages on violations.

According to him, serious violations during the voting for the region are not typical.

A high level of training

Arkhangelsk coordinator of the all-Russian public movement “Case “For clean elections” Julia Minenko believes that changes in legislation – such as the ability to vote at the place of stay – improve the accessibility of the voting procedure. She also pointed out that in the current election campaign pays great attention to training of observers.

“It will affect the observation as a whole, will have a beneficial effect,” she said.

As explained TASS the head of the working group on the election of the Public chamber of the Arkhangelsk region Svitlana Deyneko, selection of observers is currently ongoing, the list is already more than 800 people.

“In big cities we are actively working with young people, a lot of students. As for villages-villages where people are older. Experience new, North, people long to swing, but now more and more call and ask and including members of some public organizations”, – said Deineko.

Full-time and distance learning

As explained TASS chief specialist of the unit to ensure that the Public chamber of the Nenets Autonomous district Ilona Sveshnikova, a list of public observers in the NAO have already formed.

“In the list of 59 observers. They are representatives of the public councils of the municipalities, mostly middle-aged people who work in education, healthcare, and other fields,” she said.

According to her, during the early voting in remote areas while observers were not present.

“Early voting was a flyby, it was not possible more people to take a limited number of places,” she explained.

As pointed out by the Chairman of the electoral Commission NAO Georgi Popov, observers will be trained.

“Those who in Naryan-Mar, with the person, to remote communities – remotely, via videoconference”, – he explained.

Seeing as the quest

Become an election observer from the Public chamber in Novgorod region wanted about 350 people. The organization has signed agreements with a number of the Novgorod public associations. Including search expedition “the Valley”, the regional women’s Council public organization “For fair housing!”.

The region also has a corps of observers “For clean elections”. The regional coordinators received about 200 applications from people who plan to work in the upcoming elections.

“These are basically young people from 18 to 27 years on average. You will need to work in the system of “public monitoring”, these nuances are more close to young people. For them it’s like a quest, they will be able to see and actively to unsubscribe not only in social networks but also in the formal system,” said TASS in the housing.

International observers

On the territory of the northwestern Federal district over the course of the election campaign monitoring by a group of international observers from the Interparliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the CIS. It is composed of 19 persons, which carry out long-term monitoring of the presidential elections in Russia, said the coordinator of the first Deputy Chairman of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ziyafat Askerov.

It is known that on March 18 the group will consist of 40 members who will undertake short-term monitoring elections on voting day.

In a press-service of the Central election Commission of the Republic of Karelia TASS said that the observers from the IPA CIS Hayk Chilingaryan and Nurbek satavaldiev visited the Republic in February.

“In the framework of long-term monitoring, we evaluated the readiness of election commissions for elections, as well as checked for in region headquarters to all representatives. I was pleased with the large involvement of observers from community organizations, making the forthcoming elections open and transparent,” – said TASS Chilingaryan.

OSCE monitoring

In the area of work and OSCE observers. In St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region in the framework of the long-term mission work, two experts of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE Alexander Foulkes from great Britain and Alexandra von ARX from Switzerland.

“Over the past month and a half they had held many meetings with the organizers of the election – regional and territorial election commissions, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and headquarters of candidates for the post of President of the Russian Federation”, – noted in a press-service MPa of the CIS on results of the meeting in March between OSCE observers and the experts Assembly.

In the Pskov region now also has two long-term observers from the OSCE, told TASS the Chairman of the electoral Commission of the region Mikhail Ivanov.

“One of the observers came from Denmark, Netherlands. They regularly visit the regional electoral Commission took part in the draw allocation of airtime to the media and have already visited a significant number of commissions in the region”, – he explained.

In the near future in the area will be short-term observers from the OSCE.

As told TASS in the election Commission of the Vologda region, two long-term observers from the OSCE operating in the territory of the Yaroslavl and Vologda regions.

“Two observers from the OSCE have arrived to our region, they arrived from the Yaroslavl oblast and on the way stopped in the town of Gryazovets, the territorial electoral Commission. Noted the high professional training of the members of the TEC and was surprised that we are working with voters with disabilities,” said TASS in the FEC region.

International observers are expected in the region and on the voting day.