Short-Term Observation Statistics

23 декабря 2007 г.

General findings on the results of analysis of the statistical data on the observations of the E-Day December 2

Short-Term Observation Statistics

Moscow, December 11

General findings on the results of analysis of the statistical data on the observations of the E-Day December 2

On the E-Day December 2 GOLOS conducted observation in 38 regions with the help of 2500 correspondents of the federal newspaper Civic Voice (Grazhdanskiy Golos) who were sent to observe the procedure of the openings of the polling stations, the voting conduction and process of the vote counting.

During the observation in many regions Civic Voice correspondents encountered difficulties with getting access to the polling stations as well as when trying to record facts of violations. Statistical analysis of the data allows making the following conclusions:

In comparison with all other parties the United Russia and KPRF were able to send the largest amount of observers at the elections stations, which were visited by Civic Voice’s observers.

There were no polling stations, where only United Russia’s observers were present; in 10% of the visited polling stations the absence of the observers from this party was recorded.

All the parties concentrated their efforts on observation of the E-day in regions with from 1 to 2 million voters (except “Yabloko”, which sent observers to regions with not more than 2 million people in general). The largest amount of violations was recorded during the voting procedure with the absentee ballots, again in regions with a number of voters from 1 to 2 million.

THE OPENING OF POLLING STATIONS:

GOLOS received 1124 reports about opening of the polling stations from 20 regions (Republic of Adygea, Astrakhanskaya oblast, Republic of Bashkotorstan, Vladimirskaya oblast, Irkoutskaya oblast, Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Kaluzhskaya oblast, Republic of Karelia, Krasnodarskiy krai, Republic of Mariy El, Moscow, Novosibirskaya oblast, Orlovskaya oblast, Permskiy krai, Rostovskaya oblast, Stavropolskiy krai, Republic of Tatarstan, Tomskaya oblast, Chelyabinskaya oblast, Yaroslavskaya oblast).

In these regions GOLOS’s observers recorded following presence of the political parties’ representatives:

United Russia 89.59%

Communist party of the Russian Federation 70.46%

A Just Russia 50.09%

Union of Right forces 31.41%

LDPR 25.80%

Observers were not present 16.10%

Yabloko 9.79%

Patriots of Russia 5.52%

Agrarnaya party of Russia 2.94%

Democratic party of Russia 2.05%

Civic force 2.05%

Party of social justice 1.42%

At 16% of polling stations, which were visited by Civic Voice correspondents, the complete absence of observers was recorded. At 89.6% of polling stations the representatives of United Russia were present together with representative of any other parties, and at 10.4% of stations there were observers from some other parties except United Russia. Thus, correspondents did not record a single station, where only representatives of United Russia were present.

During the observation of the opening procedure, the Civic Voice observers did not note any serious violations. Thus, 95% of stations, where observation was conducted, were opened at 8.00 a.m. and in 98% of stations the chairperson of the election committee allowed the present people to see that the voting boxes were empty before they were sealed.

The majority of the political parties (except Yabloko) concentrated their efforts on the observation of the E-Day in regions with voters’ number from 1 to 2 million people (these were regions where they sent the majority of observers).

VOTING PROCEDURE

GOLOS received 4306 reports on the observation of the voting procedure from 17 regions (Republic of Adygea, Astrakhanskaya oblast, Republic of Bashkotorstan, Vladimirskaya oblast, Irkoutskaya oblast, Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Kaluzhskaya oblast, Republic of Karelia, Krasnodarskiy krai, Republic of Mariy El, Moscow, Novosibirskaya oblast, Orlovskaya oblast, Permskiy krai, Rostovskaya oblast, Republic of Tatarstan, Tomskaya oblast).

The correspondents of Civic Voice did not record any serious violations during the voting, except the procedure of voting with absentee ballots (other types of violations were recorded in less than 5% of polling stations, which were visited by the observers during the procedure of voting).

Thus, at 33% of these stations were recorded cases when the absentee ballots were not taken away from the voters which used them to vote (such results of observation, data of the unprecedented quantity of the absentee ballots issued allow to conclude that this was the main tool to increase turn out and to receive the desired results of the voting). As for the quantity of the observers from different parties, the correspondents of Civic Voice did not record any differences between stations, which they visited during the opening procedure, and those, which they visited to observe the voting procedure (the data is given below).

United Russia 89.9%

Communists party of Russian Federation 69.1%

A Just Russia 39.0%

Union of right forces 27.4%

LDPR 21.8%

Yabloko 10.8%

Patriots of Russia 7.2%

Observers were absent 3.6%

Agrarnaya party of Russia 2.3%

Civic force 2.3%

Party of Social justice 1.6%

Democratic party of Russia 1.3%

The number of voting stations, where the representatives of parties other than United Russia were present (voting) — 10.1%

The number of voters, where representatives of United Russia and other parties were present (voting)- 89.9%

As well as during the opening procedure and the voting procedure observation the correspondents did not record any polling stations, where only United Russia’s representatives were present. The second most common violations recorded by Civic Voice observers were – the violation of the procedure during the voting outside of the polling station.

As well as during the opening procedure and the voting procedure observation the correspondents did not record any polling stations, where only United Russia’s representatives were present.

The second most common violations recorded by Civic Voice observers were – the violation of the procedure during the voting outside of the polling station.

Thus, in 15% of stations visited during the voting procedure, the mobile election boxes were placed in the areas out of observer’s sight. As for the observers from political parties, only United Russia had large quantity of observers of the voting procedure (at 41% of the visited stations) and Communist Party of Russian Federation (at 19%).

During the process of voting, we can conclude that the serious observations were conducted by parties only in those regions, with from 1 to 2 million voters.

CLOSING OF POLLING STATIONS

On the procedure of closing of polling stations, GOLOS received 1252 reports from 21 regions (Republic Adygea, Astrakhanswkaya oblast, Republic of Bashkotorstan, Vladimirskaya oblast, Irkoutskaya oblast, Republic of Kbardino-Balkaria, Kaluzhskaya oblast, Republic of Karelia, Krasnodarskiy krai, Republic of Mariy El, Mosvow, Novosibirskaya oblast, Omskaya oblast, Orlovskaya oblast, Permskiy krai, Rostovskaya oblast, Ryazanskaya oblast, Stavropolskiy krai, Republic of Tatarstan, Tomskaya oblast, Chelyabinskaya oblast).

At 30% of visited polling stations, correspondents of Civic Voice recorded the presence of the representatives from higher election commissions during the procedure of the votes’ counting. The largest amount of representatives from election commissions of higher level was recorded at polling stations in regions with from 1 to 2 million voters.

Other types of violations during the process of votes’ counting were recorded at 15–20% of the visited polling stations.