Announcement:

17 сентября 2008 г.

On September 18, 2008, at 1:30 pm in the Independent Press-Center “GOLOS” Association will hold a press-conference:

Political landscape after registration “clean up” of the political party lists for the October 12 local elections

“GOLOS” representatives will present a statement summarizing long-term election monitoring findings from the period of candidates’ nomination and registration. They will also highlight major tendencies of the electoral campaigns.

Experts will give their comments regarding Association’s findings and will answer questions from journalists.

“GOLOS” will also announce the opening of its federal hot-line (8–800-333–33–50) through which voters and monitors can report violations and irregularities registered during the electoral process.

Participants:

Lilia Shibanova – Executive Director, “GOLOS” Association

Alexander Kynev – Political expert, “GOLOS” Association

Independent Press-Center is located on Prechistenka str. 17\9, off. 44 (entrance from the yard in Barykovskiy pereulok). Metro station Kropotkinskaya.

Please confirm your participation through the phone: (495) 234–59–39

Or by e-mail: press@golos.org

Contact person: Grigory Melkonyants

“GOLOS” (www.golos.org) is an independent Russian civic organization founded in 2000 to defend voters’ rights and contribute to the development of the civic society in Russia. “GOLOS” has a largest and most geographically widespread election monitoring network in the country (it unites 281 NGO and has offices in 40 regions). “GOLOS” has monitored more than 50 elections (from municipal to regional), including four federal campaigns, and trained over 15 000 independent observers all over the country. “GOLOS” issues statements covering the results of its election observation, including messages from its hot-line “Transparent Elections” (http://88003333350.ru), and gives its assessment to the various stages of the electoral process in Russia using international standards of Free and Fair elections and Russian Election Law.