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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Russia was poorly prepared for the upcoming elections

The experts of the movement “Voice” has analyzed five reports of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights OSCE (OSCE / ODIHR) for the period from 2003 to 2016, which contains 121 recommendations for the election of the President and deputies of the state Duma. According to human rights activists, fully or partially completed was 56. The number of fully implemented a little more than 12%.

The final reports of observer Missions for elections in Russia, prepared by the OSCE / ODIHR, were analyzed by experts of the “Movement in defense of voters’ rights “Golos””. It should be recalled that in 2016, the Presnensky court of Moscow has accepted the decision on liquidation of the NGO “Golos Association”. Thus was satisfied the claim of capital management of the Ministry of justice, believes “Golos” foreign agent engaged in political activity.

Five final reports of OSCE / ODIHR for the elections of the President of Russia in 2004, 2012, and deputies of the state Duma in 2003, 2011, 2016, contained a 121 recommendation. Some of the recommendations partially or completely repeated from year to year. The results of the “Voice” of the analysis of the implementation of the recommendations, according to experts, is fully implemented should recognize the 15 recommendations (12.4 per cent), partially implemented — 41 (33.9%) of failed — 65 (53.7 per cent).

All of the recommendations in the report “Voices” were combined into thematic groups concerning different aspects of the electoral process. While outstanding, according to experts of the “Voice” turned out to be a number of key recommendations on simplifying electoral legislation, increase competition in elections, ensure the rights of citizens to associate and Express their opinions.

Also significant drawbacks relate to the use of the administrative resource. Abuse in this area, the use of official and abuse of official position, public resources continue to be key factors impeding the growth of public confidence in the electoral system.

With this group indirectly and recommendations concerning issues of propaganda and media activities because the experts have seen the imbalance in coverage of candidates and parties: the state and controlled by the administrations, the media often use the blurring of the boundaries between campaigning for a candidate and informing about activities of officials.

Among the unresolved issues is pervasive and widespread dependence of electoral commissions from the Executive power, limiting the rights of observers, as well as shadow and indirect public funding of election campaigns.

However, according to experts of the “Voice”, managed to perform a number of purely technical advice (transparent ballot boxes, the regulation of the number of ballots for voting at home, the introduction of complexes of processing of ballots (COHIBA), etc.), but to provide personal administrative or criminal liability for election fraud. It should be recalled that after the elections of 10 September 2017 in the Saratov region were dismissed all Saratov chairmen of the territorial election commissions.


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