Golos: Main News of the Week: 30 October — 5 November 2017

posted 3 Nov 2017, 10:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Nov 2017, 10:05 ]

3 November 2017

Source: Golos

Golos on the Elections

On 30 October Igor Borisov, a member of the Human Rights Council, presented a report by the Council to the President, having added to it his own thoughts and commentaries. In particular, he said that the laws of mathematics do not work in Russia, that foreign states are gathering images of Russians via closed circuit TV, and many other extraordinary things. Golos could not leave this evident attempt at twisting the facts without comment and has responded to Borisov point by point.

The head of the Central Electoral Commission Ella Pamfilova also reacted to Igor Borisov’s words. She urged people not to fear closed circuit TV, and said there will be no restrictions on the independent monitoring of elections.

We analysed the text of the report by the Human Rights Council. Although it is not as terrible as may appear from the words of Igor Borisov, it does contain weaknesses, and even harmful proposals. We explain what is wrong with it.

We urge all those who are not indifferent to nominate a candidate! Golos оpens applications for the medal “Defender of Free and Fair Elections.” You can nominate your candidate before 25 November. The award ceremony will take place on 10 December at the Forum of Independent Election Observers.

We are also issuing a public invitation to take part in the round table entitled “The Creation of an Independent Monitoring Network for the Russian Presidential Elections” that will take place on 25 November in Moscow during the Russian National Civic Forum.

We invite those quick off the mark to monitor the Single Referendum Day in Tatarstan. On 19 November, 872 local referendums will be held there on the self-assessment taxation of individuals. We monitored similar events last year and were convinced that something there is not quite right.

In addition, we have renewed the information about electoral legislation so that you can follow all amendments.

Last Sunday we observed elections in Sverdlovsk region. There one candidate in their own village obtained 90% of the votes, but nonetheless could not get elected. You can read about what happened at elections in other regions in our weekly report.

Elections in the news

The Public Chamber may get the right to send observers to elections — Kommersant

The Constitutional Court confirmed the right of candidates included in party lists to challenge election results in court — Kommersant

In the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg it was decided to change the procedure for holding by-elections in municipalities — Fontanka

The Prosecutor’s Office in Pskov discovered that there had been no voting cabins in the voting on the structure of the new convocation of Pskov city Duma — Pskovskaya lenta novostei

Governor Valery Radaev dismissed Pavel Tochilkin as a member of the Saratov region electoral commission — Svobodnye novosti

Our bloggers

Arkady Liubarev has studied the new procedure for voting based on a person’s location and explains in detail how it will work.


“Votes on the blockchain”: how this works and what it gives to voters — Rusbase

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