Golos: News Digest for the Week of 8-14 April 2019

posted 23 Apr 2019, 11:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 11:36 ]
14 April 2019


Everything you need to know about elections for the past week

What kind of digital polling stations?
This week, the Central Elections Commission (CEC) deliberated on digital polling stations, which will be opened for the Moscow elections in September. Nikolai Bulayev explained how polling stations, equipped by KEGs (electronic voting systems), will function.

Observation will not be limited
Senator Vladimir Lukin, who had startled the entire observer community with a new draft law limiting observation of polling, withdrew the document from the Gosduma. We consider it a great victory for the civic community and we thank Vladimir Petrovich for listening to us.

“Information based on assumptions” and other run-around from law enforcement
When volunteers discover improper balloting procedures, we sending inquiries along to law enforcement officials, although they rarely pursue the matter. As a rule, we get the run-around. Observer Azat Gabdulvaleyev decided to fight it and lodged a complaint with representatives of the General Attourney’s office and the Russian CEC. He is trying to force them to look into the improper balloting.

Mini-EDG [electronic discussion group] this coming Sunday
On 14 April, teams of independent volunteer monitors will observe elections in five regions: Kemerovo, Lipetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Mordovia and Moscow Oblast.
(Follow our voting chronicle – it should be interesting.)

Context

Fact-finding commission withdraws documents in the Dolgoprudny Territorial Electoral Commission – Golos
CEC presents a prototype electronic voting system for digital polling stations in Moscow – TASS
Decline of the municipal filter [a new procedure for selecting candidates for regional governor – translator’s note]: the discussion continues  Institute for Socio-economic and Political Research

Our Bloggers

Sergei Piskunov has prepared for the by-elections in Leninsk-Kuznetsky – volunteers have looked into the records of all 13 polling stations and have determined what to prepare for at the polling stations. A total of over 5 700 voters registered for the presidential elections in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, and the actual turnout amounted to 61% rather than the official 90% figure.

Early voting – more problems than benefits? Can they be conducted without improper balloting procedures and violations of the law? Such questions were posed to the observer community by Dmitry Zvorykin, member of the Sonar movement. You can share your opinion on our Facebook page.

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Translation by Mark Nuckols

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