Golos: Main News of the Week: 6 — 12 November 2017

posted 12 Nov 2017, 11:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Nov 2017, 12:19 ]

10 November 2017

Source: Golos

Golos on the Elections
We have analyzed the financial accounts of candidates who stood for election as head of regions in the elections on 10 September 2017 and discovered that only five of them showed expenses on consultants. Golos urges the market in political consulting to emerge from the shadows and asks law enforcement bodies to carry out inspections of possible violations.

As you will know, a copy of the document with the final election count must be approved in the correct manner, otherwise a court will not accept the result – if, for example, you wish to challenge other data you see registered in the automated governmental system of recording elections ["GAS Vybory"] and decide to restore justice. For this reason, Golos pays special attention to the quality of the copies of official records issued by district electoral commissions. Our experts have studied examples from 52 polling districts for the gubernatorial elections in Sverdlovsk region and discovered that only one in five records were drawn up correctly.

On 8 November members of the board of Golos met with the new director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, to tell about our plans and achievements. We agreed to continue our cooperation with the Office.

Next Sunday, 12 November, Golos will monitor the snap elections for head of the Gdovsk district in Pskov region. The previous head left his post after he was accused of exceeding his authority in selling a piece of land to his own wife. Strong competition is expected in the elections. Our volunteers will monitor all developments.

Representatives of Golos will also travel to the well-known village of Gvazda, where a village council has been elected without any representatives from United Russia. The next development in Gvazda will be the election of a new head of the rural settlement.

In addition, elections will take place in nine other regions.

Elections in the News 
The electoral commission in Kuban has agreed to hold a referendum on the restoration of direct elections for heads of municipalities — Golos

Yabloko has proposed a lawyer working for Golos as a candidate for membership of the Saratov region electoral commission — Golos

The Central Electoral Commission, however, has recommended a different person as candidate for membership of the Saratov electoral commission. Denis Rudenko will be one of the "reserve members" of the commission — Svobodnye novosti

The opposition intends to initiate a referendum on the reintroduction of direct elections for mayors in Tatarstan — Idel.Realii

The electoral commission of Karachaevo-Cherkesii has refused to permit the holding of a referendum on direct elections — Kavkazsky uzel

The opposition has not been allowed to bring a legal challenge against the outcome of elections of a local council in Asinovsky district, Tomsk region — V Tomske

Businessman Sergei Polonsky has announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the presidential elections — Lenta.ru

The Central Electoral Commission has denied that Polonsky would be able to take part in the 2018 presidential elections — Lenta.ru

Ex-chair of the Komi Electoral Commission Elena Shabarshina has stated she was forced to confess to a crime she did not commit — PRO gorod

Our bloggers
Tatyana Yurasova has discovered that even in Germany elections may be not completely free and fair. She has written a detailed report.

Arkady Liubarev finds out whether there really were errors in the counting of votes, and who supported candidates from the Left and the Ultra-right.