Information Center “VOICE OF ELECTIONS-2008” Has Opened

11 октября 2008 г.

On October 12, 2008, GOLOS deployed approximately 300 correspondents to monitor Election Day procedures in the regions of Russia. GOLOS Association opened its Information Center “VOICE OF ELECTIONS-2008” today at noon. In addition, GOLOS’ Hot-line continues to operate and receive calls from everyone wishing to report possible irregularities or violations. As of this morning, out of all phone calls to the hot-line over 100 contain information about alleged violations.

Information Center “VOICE OF ELECTIONS-2008” Has Opened
On October 12, 2008, GOLOS deployed approximately 300 correspondents to monitor Election Day procedures in the regions of Russia. GOLOS Association opened its Information Center “VOICE OF ELECTIONS-2008” today at noon. In addition, GOLOS’ Hot-line continues to operate and receive calls from everyone wishing to report possible irregularities or violations. As of this morning, out of all phone calls to the hot-line over 100 contain information about alleged violations.

Thus, in Yaroslavl oblast administration and city electoral commissions ordered precinct election commissions (PEC) to deny GOLOS correspondents information regarding voting. Some correspondents were forced to leave polling stations (PS).

For example, on PEC 175 GOLOS correspondent was asked to leave PS premises after corresponding decision of the Precinct Election Commission. The correspondent enquired why voter lists contained many strange pencil marks. On PEC 37 people in militia uniform present at the PS without showing any identification forbade GOLOS correspondent to make photos or record video threatening to expel her from the PS premises. Before that correspondent asked to see voter lists.

GOLOS Hot-line operators also received many messages about alleged violations from Irkutsk region. For instance, various lotteries and drawing of prizes were reported to take place on PS (PEC1635, 1640 and others) and advertised on billboards across the city. Also a lottery was reported in Usolie-Sibirskoe.

In Ust’-Kut (Irkutsk region) Head of the Ust’-Kut Pensionary Fund Department ordered subordinates to call her cell phone and confirm that they have voted.

From Kemerovo region it was reported that Megafon cell phone operator had been sending out messages urging users to vote for United Russia representatives. In addition, there were reports that Communist Party observers’ rights were limited (denied access to PS and information).

Illegal agitation cases were reported from Yaroslavl and Kemerovo regions.

In Irkutsk and Omsk regions correspondents noted that on mass number of PS enlarged protocol forms were not being filled out. In addition, large number of complaints from observers was registered. GOLOS continues its election monitoring efforts and will update information on its web-site, issue new press-releases and post new messages from its Hot-line on www.88003333350.ru