STATEMENT No.1 On long-term monitoring findings during regional elections of March 1, 2009: nomination, registration of candidates and beginning of electoral campaign

25 февраля 2009 г.

“GOLOS” ASSOCIATION

STATEMENT No.1

On long-term monitoring findings during regional elections of March 1, 2009: nomination, registration of candidates and beginning of electoral campaign

Association of non-commercial organizations In defence of voter rights “GOLOS” conducts long and short term observation of the electoral process. Monitoring is carried out by long term observers, correspondents of the newspaper “Grazhdanskiy Golos” and activists of the Association. Association receives information from media and expert interviews with representatives of political parties, NGO leaders, members of electoral commissions, and also from ordinary citizens, who report violations through public “Hotline” at 8–800–333-33 50.

Association “GOLOS”, as an organization that operates based on internationally accepted standards of election monitoring, strictly observes principle of political neutrality, since it is one of the main conditions for independent and objective monitoring of elections. “GOLOS” takes all possible measures to ensure that its activists and observers comply with these principles.

“GOLOS” monitors progress of electoral campaign in accordance with Russian electoral legislation and universal international electoral standards, such as: the UN Declaration of Human Rights – 1948, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – 1966, Inter-Parliamentary Council Declaration on Criteria for Free and Fair Elections – 1994, 1990 Copenhagen Document, and regional international electoral standards.

When monitoring electoral process, “GOLOS” pays particular attention to:

1) observation of electoral rights of voters and compliance with electoral procedures;

2) work of electoral commissions;

3) use of administrative resource;

4) equality of candidate’ abilities to conduct political agitation;

5) course of Election Day.

This Statement is the first statement of “GOLOS” Association on findings of long term monitoring of the course of deputies of state power legislative bodies elections in the subjects of Russian Federation, heads of administrative bodies of municipal districts and other municipal level bodies, which will take place on March 1, 2009.