Press-release: Russian Electoral Norms as “Black Box” in Contrast With the Transparent and Open Electoral Procedures in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan

14 января 2008 г.

“GOLOS” finds Russian Election Law in need of substantial improvement and, based on its international election monitoring experience, initiates a series of expert discussions of Russian electoral procedures in comparison with those of other countries. As the result of these discussions a number of electoral norms and procedures optimal for Russia should be developed in order to be lobbied later for inclusion into the Russian Electoral Code.

Press-release: Russian Electoral Norms as “Black Box” in Contrast With the Transparent and Open Electoral Procedures in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan

“GOLOS” finds Russian Election Law in need of substantial improvement and, based on its international election monitoring experience, initiates a series of expert discussions of Russian electoral procedures in comparison with those of other countries. As the result of these discussions a number of electoral norms and procedures optimal for Russia should be developed in order to be lobbied later for inclusion into the Russian Electoral Code.

On January 17, 2008, in the Independent Press-Center (Prechistenka str., 17/9, off. 44) “GOLOS” will hold first Expert Press Club “Election Law in Russia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan: comparison and possible changes of Russian electoral norms”.

The event will last from 3 to 6 pm.

Election Law experts will review foreign electoral norms and compare them with domestic electoral procedures. Based on her recent international election monitoring experience (Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan and Presidential Elections in Georgia), “GOLOS” Executive Director Lilia Shibanova will present her suggestions for improving electoral procedures in Russian Federation.

Participants:

Their participation have confirmed:

Vadim Prokhorov (Legal expert)

Georgy Satarov (INDEM Foundation, President)

Leonid Kirichenko (Election Law expert)

Aleksei Sidorenko (Carnegie Endowment for Peace)

Vladimir Lysenko (Central Election Commission)

Andrei Buzin (“GOLOS” expert)

Arkadiy Lyubarev (“GOLOS expert”)

and others

Also invited:

Andrei Przhdomskiy (Russian Foundation For Free Elections)

Alexandr Kapustin (Russian Foundation For Free Elections)

Aleksandr Auzan (NPI “Civic Agreement”, President)

Lev Ponomarev (Human Rights Movement, Director)

Political party and CEC representatives

Contacts:

Marina Dashenkova, “GOLOS” Press-secretary

Tel. (495) 917–90–91, 917–90–84, +7–916-886–18–07

E-mail: press@golos.org

Tetyana Bohdanova, “GOLOS” Project Manager

Tel. (495) 917–90–91, 917–90–84

E-mail: tatiana@golos.org