Golos: News Digest 5 – 11 November 2018

posted 17 Nov 2018, 00:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2018, 00:51 ]
9 November 2018

Golos on elections

Golos is calling on you again – we invite you to take part in the independent observer mission in Tatarstan. On 18th November the so-called “referendum day” will take place for the third time. There will be 845 local referendums where citizens will decide whether or not to introduce a onetime tax levy for the needs of villages.

We’ve noted a trend – the more observers there are, the lower the voter turnout is. Last year at fourteen local areas the voter turnout was less than 50%, which means the referendums did not officially take place. “Golos” representatives were at ten of these.

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A reminder that we look forward to welcoming you at the Sakharov Centre where lawyer Stanislav Rachinsky will give a lecture for voting committee members and will answer any questions newcomers might have.

 Next Sunday the Khakasia governor election debacle should come to an end (not for certain). We first saw how authorities tried to stop communist candidate Valentin Konovalov, who beat the sitting governor in the first round, from winning. Konovalov’s rivals have one by one refused to take part in the election and Konovalov has ended up the sole candidate. The election will now take place as a referendum. In order to win Konovalov needs to get more than 50% and the turnout is not important.

We’ll keep our finger on the pulse and tell you about everything that’s going on in the traditional election day timeline.

What’s more we’ve decided to tell you about what election observers encounter. Activists personal stories often go unnoticed and they manage their problems one-on-one. We prepared a report on people who have lost their jobs because of their position but who haven’t given up.

Election News

Communist Ishchenko to stand in Primorye governor elections as independent – “Novaya Gazeta”

Central Election Commission checks regional laws to see they comply with federal election law - “Tass”

Number of candidates for governor in Primorye reaches 20 - “Tass”

Our Bloggers

Vasiliy Vaisenberg explained what’s going on in the elections for the head of Primorye, what Ishchenko, the leader in the first round, is doing and whether he’ll be able to take part in the new elections? 

Irina Maltseva’s investigative study into the formation of election commissions in the Ivanovo region.

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Translated by Matthew Quigley