GOLOS 1st Statement on Findings of Long-term Election Monitoring of the 2008 Presidential Campaign

05 февраля 2008 г.

“GOLOS” Association
Statement No. 1 Registration of candidates and the beginning of political agitation

GOLOS Association is implementing a long-term monitoring project of the Presidential Elections starting from December 2007 up to Elections Day scheduled for March 2, 2008. Receiving information from correspondents of “Grazhdansky Golos” (Civic Voice), a newspaper founded by the Association, and its activists the monitoring covers the following 38 Russian regions: Adyg Republic, Altai Krai, Arkhangelskaya oblast, Astrakhan Oblast, Bashkortostan Republic, Vladimir Oblast, Volgograd Oblast, Voronezh Oblast, Irkutsk Oblast, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, Kaliningrad Oblast, Kaluga Oblast, Karelia Republic, Kostroma Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Kursk Oblast, Mariy-El Republic, Novgorod Oblast, Novosibirsk Oblast, Omsk Oblast, Oriol Oblast, Perm Krai, Primorsk Krai, Pskov Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Ryazan Oblast, Samara Oblast, St.Petersburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Stavropol Krai, Tatarstan Republic, Tver Oblast, Tomsk Oblast, Ulyanovsk Oblast, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Chuvash Republic, Yaroslavl Oblast, and Moscow.

GOLOS receives information both from the regional press and from expert interviews with representatives of political parties, NGO leaders, members of electoral commissions, as well as from regular citizens who report electoral campaign violations to the hot-line established by GOLOS. Starting from January 2007 every two weeks long-term observers submitted their observation reports to the central office of GOLOS.

GOLOS Association is focusing on the following aspects in its monitoring efforts:

• Fulfillment of all necessary electoral procedures

• Activity of electoral commissions

• Equality of campaigning opportunities for all candidates

• Abuse of the administrative resource

• Procedures on the Election Day

This statement is the first among the series of statements describing the course of the electoral campaign, and covers the period from the announcement of elections to February 1, 2008. By the end of the campaign, ”GOLOS” plans to issue two more statements covering the agitation period and the Election Day observations.