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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The fate of the election will decide the voice of grandmother

The public headquarters for the observation of elections in the state Duma on Tuesday, August 30, held a “round table” on “problematic areas” of the vote. The main topic was the organization of voting at home. Representatives of Moscow election Committee presented their experience, but it turned out that some of the home-based voting officials don’t know.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Recall that the public staff was created on 15 August. The chief of staff, became Chairman of the Commission on civil society development of the Public chamber of Moscow, editor in chief of “echo of Moscow” Alexei Venediktov and his Deputy — the member of the Public chamber Vadim Kovalyov and Chairman of the Moscow city Duma Alexey Shaposhnikov. Staff invited to cooperate with the election officials, political parties and human rights defenders.

“Even one vote can be decisive,” in the beginning of the meeting Alexey Venediktov noted the importance of discussing the problems of home-based voting. According to the data voiced by the head of the headquarters, in 2011 in Moscow on the absentee ballots voted by 127 thousand people, and the election of the mayor of Moscow — 105 thousand people. “It’s about 4.5% of the voters,” — said Venediktov. The head of the Moscow Department of labour and social protection Vladimir Petrosyan noted that now 128 thousand people receive services at home, many of them will apply for a vote — is still unknown.

photo: Valery Markov

The Secretary of the Moscow election Committee Yury Yermolov in his report highlighted the main issues of home-based voting. The first item was “fake” statements about voting at home, when their supplies are not a voter, and someone for him. And to control this process is difficult: not regulated the participation of social workers in receiving such statements, in the registry is not specified who gave this statement and when and who took it. And at the polling station with such a register can not be read, so there is no guarantee that the staff of election commissions will not take more ballots than required.

To solve these problems the Moscow city election Commission has set new rules for home-based voting in Moscow. The list of persons who can give the form: neighbors, relatives or social workers. Moses drew attention to the fact that the social worker can only accept a statement from the voter, but in any case not to write it yourself.

In addition, the registry of requests will specify who has applied, who and when it was taken and contact phone number of the voter. Observers, party representatives and media will be able to this registry to see the 8 September at the CIC website and on the voting day at the polling station. So observers will be able to check whether the man himself had applied.

The participants of the meeting touched on several problem areas at home vote. The Deputy of Moscow city Council Andrey Klychkov said that the voting lists and are often served by social workers. Vladimir Petrosyan said that “the first time I hear about some imaginary list.” The human rights defender of the “Open Russia” Paulina Nemirovsky said that he regularly receives calls from voters of the Central district of Moscow, which “almost with tears” tell us that their social workers ring up and ask to vote for a particular candidate. Vladimir Petrosyan was surprised and noted that the Department of social protection on this issue, “neither the grandmother didn’t call”.

The next meeting of the public staff will take place after the elections. It will discuss what problems were solved and the solution of some yet to come.


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