STATEMENT # 3 (ELECTION DAY)

03 марта 2008 г.

STATEMENT # 3 OF GOLOS ASSOCIATION ON THE RESULTS OF SHORT-TERM MONITORING OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 2, 2008

STATEMENT # 3 (ELECTION DAY)

STATEMENT # 3 OF GOLOS ASSOCIATION ON THE RESULTS OF SHORT-TERM MONITORING OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 2, 2008

Moscow, March 3, 2008

On election day of March 2, 2008 GOLOS carried out mobile observation in thirty one regions and stationary observation in four regions (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Voronezh and Chelyabinsk). In total 1500 activists were involved in this observation. In all the regions correspondents of the Grazhdanskiy Golos (Civic Voice) newspaper were also sent to territorial election commissions (TEC) – in the majority of regions correspondents covered almost all or the majority of TEC in the regional capital and in Moscow – every other TEC.

GOLOS correspondents were sent to polling stations, selected by random statistical sample, in the regional capitol (in selected regions GOLOS correspondents also covered polling station outside of the capital). This methodology offers conclusions about the quality of the election day process, which are representative of the central city of each region rather than of only those polling stations that were visited by GOLOS correspondents. Unfortunately, GOLOS is unable to draw conclusions from all of the targeted regions as local election authorities prevented GOLOS correspondents from observing the entire process.