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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The young parliamentarians will bring together political parties in the fight for clean elections

Young parliamentarians together with the Moscow city election Commission on Wednesday launched a unique project for the training of observers. Training at the Centre of youth parliamentarism will be able to pass representatives of all political parties participating in the elections to the state Duma.

Photo: Dmitry Evteev

Training starts from the very first moment, at the entrance to the Centre you need to show a passport, as well as at the polling station,” joked the Chairman of the Youth chamber under the Moscow city Duma Vladimir Mochte. In addition, before the start of lectures, the organizers gave all the “notes observer” issued by the CEC: it describes what can and should the observer at the polling station, and which is prohibited by law.

In the project “the Observer”, according to Mohta will participate representatives of different political parties — United Russia, the Communist party, “homeland”, “Fair Russia” and members of youth chambers of areas. It should be noted that most of the participants are young people under 30 years old, many of them will observe the elections for the first time. “Regardless of party affiliation we all have one goal: that elections were held without violations, and the results anybody did not cause doubts” — he explained. All political forces, he said, share a common goal — to make the elections as legitimate, and the results to be honest.

“Together with young parliamentarians in Moscow, we have launched a project “Observer”, designed to promote the public interest in ensuring the legality and transparency of the voting procedure, — said the Chairman of the Moscow city election Commission Valentin Gorbunov. — Knowledge acquired in the field of electoral law, will help participants to observe all electoral processes, including the process of voting, counting of votes and preparation of protocols and prevent potential breaches”. He also noted that the active work of the observers will depend largely on the day of voting and clean elections.

In the first phase of training, which will last until 15 September, participants will attend lectures about the importance of the electoral process for the country, the peculiarities of elections to the state Duma and the organisation of monitoring.

Photo: Dmitry Evteev

The first lecture on the opening day of the draft read by the Chairman of Mothersurname Valentin Gorbunov. He started with the basics and reminded that the September elections will be held under a mixed system. This means that voters will receive two ballot papers — one for the list from the party, and the second for candidates in single-mandate constituency. Only in Moscow in 15 counties of 180 candidates in single-mandate candidates, two are independents, who collected signatures in their support. In the Shchukino district voters will receive three ballot because there are still municipal elections. As for observers, they should come to the site before its opening, that is, before 8 am to check the ballot boxes and voter lists. Valentin Gorbunov recalled that parties and candidates must, not later than three days to submit a list of observers in the election Commission that on one site, you can send two observers, and that they can’t be polling at the same time. “The most important person on station is the voter,” said Gorbunov, urging observers to maintain an atmosphere of trust in the voting day.

To teach at the Centre there will be other renowned experts. A member of the Moscow Public chamber Oleg Matveychev talk about the importance of elections to the state Duma in modern Russia, Senator Oleg Morozov on the political landscape on the eve of polling day, political analyst Dmitry Gusev — on the relationship between the Internet and the election, chief editor of radio station “Echo of Moscow” Alexei Venediktov about the specifics of video surveillance on polling stations, the Moscow city Duma Chairman Alexei Shaposhnikov, on the work of the public staff of the election observer and member of the Central election Commission Evgeny Shevchenko, will help to understand all the intricacies of the law. Detailed information, topics and schedule of lectures is published on the website of the project http://проектнаблюдатель.москва. In addition to lectures in the Centre there will be held seminars and practical classes on the peculiarities of organization of voting, counting of votes and establishment of election results.

The second stage of learning September 16-17 — knowledge testing online testing. Third the most important practical part. The trainees, who will first get a referral from their parties or from the registered candidates will have the opportunity to participate in the work of election commissions as observers on the voting day. The final point of the project will be a solemn event during which elected to the State Duma deputies will present the participants of the project certificates of successful completion of training.


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