Statement No. 3: DEVELOPMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN AND CHANGES OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF ELECTIONS

28 ноября 2007 г.

GOLOS Association is implementing a long-term monitoring project of the State Duma elections starting from July 2007 up to elections day scheduled for December 2, 2007. Receiving information from correspondents of “Grazhdansky Golos” (Civic Voice), a newspaper founded by the Association, and its activists the monitoring covers the following 40 Russian regions

Statement No. 3: DEVELOPMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN AND CHANGES OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF ELECTIONS

GOLOS Association is implementing a long-term monitoring project of the State Duma elections starting from July 2007 up to elections day scheduled for December 2, 2007. Receiving information from correspondents of “Grazhdansky Golos” (Civic Voice), a newspaper founded by the Association, and its activists the monitoring covers the following 40 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, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Kursk Oblast, Mariy-El Republic, N.Novgorod Oblast, 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 September 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:

• Establishment of electoral commissions;

• Compilation of regional party lists;

• Availability of information on preparation for elections for voters;

• Equality of campaigning opportunities for political parties;

• Equality of access to the press for all the participants of elections;

• Legislative provisions of free and fair elections.