Golos: Main news of the week 14-20 October 2019

posted 24 Oct 2019, 07:55 by Translation Service   [ updated 25 Oct 2019, 02:26 ]
19 October 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections


Voters in Moscow
The head of the Kuzminki municipal district, Alan Kalabekov, was very upset as voters began to spoil the ballots en masse. More than a thousand ballots were spoiled in total, granting the authorities victory by just 50 votes. A sincere (and criminal) admission can be found on the Kuzminki administration website (we’ve kept it for ourselves, too).

We would like law enforcement bodies to assess Kalabekov’s words and contact the prosecutor’s office.

Electoral Reform: suggestions from experts
The Central Election Commission’s (CEC) expert advisory group has prepared proposals to reform the electoral system. You can read Arkady Lyubarev’s summaries of the proposals here. The head of the CEC, Ella Pamfilova, said that she had not yet reviewed the papers, but suggested that they would consider the proposals at the end of November.

Election observers subjected to pressure
The second wave of searches in the so-called case of the Anti-Corruption Foundation also affected election observers - security officials visited the deputy coordinator of the Association of Tatarstan Observers Azat Gabdulvaleev and Golos coordinator Aleksander Lyutov in Mordovia.

We believe that local authorities use these tactics to settle scores with those who ‘inconvenience’ them. We are forced to repeat - in a free society, pressuring independent observers is unacceptable!

Context
  • New members of election commissions in the Saratov and Sverdlovsk regions, electoral reform and remuneration: the latest from the CEC - Golos
  • The State Duma Commission has accused Meduza, BBC and Radio Liberty of violating electoral law - TV Rain/Dozhd
  • Governors can once again head the regional offices of United Russia. This is in order to raise the party’s rating before the 2021 State Duma elections - Vedomosti
  • Opposing scanning voting systems: voting in St. Petersburg - Novye Izvestia
  • The Ministry of Justice demands liquidation of Lev Ponomarev’s movement “For Human Rights” - Novaya Gazeta
  • Mikhail Fedotov will leave his position as head of the Human Rights Council in the coming days. He will be replaced by Valery Fadeev - Moskovsky Komsomolets
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Translated by James Lofthouse


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