STATEMENT #1 of “GOLOS” Association based on the results of long-term monitoring of regional electoral campaigns

06 октября 2008 г.

GOLOS Association is conducting a long-term observation of electoral process based on information from correspondents of Grazhdansky Golos newspaper and GOLOS activists. The Association is also using information from the press as well from expert interviews with representatives of political parties, NGO leaders, members of electoral commissions, and citizens who are sending information about electoral violations through the hot-line of the Association.

STATEMENT #1 of «GOLOS» Association based on the results of long-term monitoring of regional electoral campaigns
The stage of nomination and registration of candidates and start of campaigning

GOLOS Association is conducting a long-term observation of electoral process based on information from correspondents of Grazhdansky Golos newspaper and GOLOS activists. The Association is also using information from the press as well from expert interviews with representatives of political parties, NGO leaders, members of electoral commissions, and citizens who are sending information about electoral violations through the hot-line of the Association.

In its monitoring of the electoral process the Association is focusing on the following aspects:

1. electoral rights of citizens and electoral procedures;

2. electoral commissions;

3. administrative resource in electoral campaigns;

4. equality for candidates to campaign;

5. election day procedures.

The present Statement is the first in the series of statement about the developments of this campaign. It covers the period from the date when these elections were called up to September 15, 2008. Before the end of the campaign the Association will release two more statements (one covering the process of campaigning and the other one will cover the election day and announcement of its results)