Golos: News Digest 28 January – 3 February 2019

posted 10 Feb 2019, 12:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Feb 2019, 12:35 ]
3 February 2019

“Golos” on Elections

We don’t have very little time left – evidence of voter falsification at the presidential elections may soon disappear. The fact of the matter is that official videos from polling stations are only stored for a year and those recorded by volunteers aren’t admissible in court. We wrote an appeal to the Central Election Commission requesting that they extend the time videos are kept. We hope that it will be possible to investigate the crimes, and not cover up the guilty.

Unfortunately, the courts are not yet inclined to deal thoroughly with what is happening at polling stations. Vladivostok’s Pervomaysky court rejected the first claim for a recount of the votes in Primorye, rejecting all six motions. But we’re not giving up, there are still three more claims yet to be assessed.

How necessary is it to reform the electoral system in Russia – Arkday Lyubarev, a Golos council member gathered the opinions of more than 100 experts: politicians, political scientists, Central Election Commission representatives, observers. You can download or order a printed copy of his book “On the Road to Reforming Electoral Legislation”


Parliamentary Election Rules Change In Tula and Volgograd Oblasts – Kommersant

Differing optical scan voting system “patterns”: Court in Vladivostok throws out case on suspect procedure at governor election – VL.ru

Russia’s Communist Party to announce gubernatorial and parliamentary candidates in March – Kommersant

State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles remove former Duma deputy and Central Election Commission member Valery Galchenko’s doctoral qualification – Novaya Gazeta  

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Unavoidable but not uninteresting elections Vladimir Zhilkin reports on what happened at the election in a little village in the Tambov Oblast where the first case of ballot stuffing took place.

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Translated by Matthew Quigley