Golos: News Digest 21-27 January 2019

posted 30 Jan 2019, 12:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Jan 2019, 12:16 ]
27 January 2019


Golos on Elections

Voters from Primorsky Kray are demanding a recount of the votes cast at the gubernatorial elections. We recall that very strange optical scanning voting systems were discovered. It was clear that the votes had been falsified. “Golos’s” legal team has helped plaintiffs prepare documents and we will monitor the legal proceedings.

Society’s patience is running out. Experts from the new practical-research council at the Central Election Commission discussed electoral reform legislation. A correspondent from the “Zakon” agency explained what was discussed.

Moscow’s commissions will have switched to cash free payments by the end of 2019, promised Central Election Commission deputy chair Nikolay Bulaev. This has been made possible thanks to the publicity that our reports on fraud, and the money received by members of the commission with the right to cast votes generated. We hope that the problem will now be resolved.

Context

Prosecutor asked to look into presidential elections. Observers speak of violations at 100 polling stations in 13 regions – Kommersant

Tomsk activists take regional duma to court over cancellation of elections in the region – TV-2

Central Election Commission plans to equip election commissions with video cameras – Tass

Digital polling stations to be tested at regional elections in Moscow in 2019 – Tass

Local self-rule in Russia to decrease – Vedomosti

Falsifiers on order: How teachers became the Kremlin’s electoral support – Republic

Our Bloggers

The processing of ballots in Primorye didn’t turn out to be the best – rather it became clear that these machines can be fooled. Political analyst Yulia Krivonosova compared the experiences of using optical scanning voting systems in different countries and asks the question – is automation such a good thing? “Golos” expert Vasili Vaysenberg responded to her question.

Oleg Reut got involved in the discussion on the need for electoral reform. He proposes to “destroy the towers” – read to see what he had in mind.

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Translated by Matthew Quigley

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