Summary of messages From Hotline of GOLOS Association as of 3:00 pm March 14th, 2010

13 марта 2010 г.

On March 1st, GOLOS’ “Transparent Elections” independent public hotline was launched. Messages on violations during electoral campaign keep coming to toll free federal number 8 800 333–33–50 and via website form at www.88003333350.ru. Messages received are posted on the above mentioned website and the data is transferred to electoral commissions and law enforcement institutions for further investigations and taking measures. Hotline is one of the elements of public monitoring system which has been widely used by GOLOS Association.

Summary of messages From Hotline of GOLOS Association as of 3:00 pm March 14th, 2010
On March 1st, GOLOS’ “Transparent Elections” independent public hotline was launched. Messages on violations during electoral campaign keep coming to toll free federal number 8 800 333–33–50 and via website form at www.88003333350.ru. Messages received are posted on the above mentioned website and the data is transferred to electoral commissions and law enforcement institutions for further investigations and taking measures. Hotline is one of the elements of public monitoring system which has been widely used by GOLOS Association.

As of 3 pm March 14, total of 310 messages on the facts of possible violations has been received via Hotline. Only the messages regarding elections have been registered.

To illustrate the messages, we will show several examples which are structured in groups. Other mes-sages can be found at the website www.88003333350.ru Any additional information can be requested from GOLOS Association (Tetyana Bohdanova) at: (495) 234–59–39 or press@golos.org.

(Illegal) Campaigning

Chelyabinsk area, Kopeysk city district: The night before elections on the territory of Zaozerny village, the leaflets with campaigning for United Russia’ member were distributed. The materials were also hung in front of the entrance of the polling station. GOLOS’ mobile team was visiting this station earlier and found no materials. Photos and other evidences available..

Krasnodar area, Sochi: PEC 4349. While trying to vote, the voter was told that he’s already voted. However the voter was persistent in his requesting to vote and finally the commission gave him the ballot and he could vote.

Forcing Citizens to Vote

Ulyanovsk: at District 14 ( Zavolzhya region, City Council deputies’ election), Antontsev together with Housing Owners’ organization “Vympel” is visiting voters’ houses and forces people to vote for him. The housing supervisors are forced to campaign for Mr. Antontsev

Organization of the Process of Voting

Krasnodar area, Sochi city: At the PEC 4647 the voters’ lists are not stitched. One of the members of commis-sion from military unit is registering only military voters and is controlling their voting. The message has been received that PECs 4635 and 4636 have stopped their work because of the warning that a bomb had been put at the station. The information is received from the member of the EC on one of the mined stations.

Rostov-on-Don: At PEC 1754 mobile ballot boxes are kept under the chairman’s table. At PEC 1475 one of the mobile ballot boxers has been opened and hidden from the observers.

Voronezh area, Shuberskoye village, Novouslan region : at PEC 2338 members of the electoral commission has been seen consuming alcohol. They were also offering alcohol to observers and voters.

Voters’ Lists

Voronezh: at PEC 1030 at 1 Electrosignalnaya str the voters’ lists are not stitched but only stapled.

Vladimir area, Kovrov: PEC in vocational school # 16. The lists contained the voter that has been dead for 5 years. The neighbor noticed him in the list.

Technologies Violating the Law

Ryazan’: at PEC 895, district 11 organized transportation of voters with absentee ballots was observed. The observers wrote the names of all who were on the lists and distributed this information to neighboring schools. “Carousel” voting is possible.

Ulyanovsk area: at polling station 149, district 22, bribing of voters by candidate from Just Russia Z.Misanets takes place — near the vocational school # 6 car is parked and the people, seated inside the car are offering money for the votes for Misanets. In district 15 candidate Gibatdinov is offering vodka in exchange for votes for him.

Irkutsk: PEC at school # 32. Voters are taking money for voting for Serebrennikov. Homeless people are being transported to the polling station.

Voters’ Rights

Vladimir area, Kovrov: Newspaper correspondent of Grazhdanski Golos was not allowed to make a photo of the voting place at polling station # 744. According to the correspondent, no secrecy of voting is ensured at the station. The voter booths are installed in a way that the marking of ballots by voters can be visible. However he wasn’t allowed to make photo of this fact. At the same time polling station camera is broadcasting live to the internet for the EC of Vladimir area. The camera is only directed to the part of the station where ballots are received by the voters and thus the booths and ballot box is not visible. Sverdlovsk area, Verkhniaya Tushma : at PECs 1183, 1184, 1188, 1211,1177 there are no curtains at the voter booths, photo and video are not allowed.

Rights of Members of EC, Observers, Mass media

Voronezh: at PEC 1238 the chairman has informed that he will not provide the copy of the protocol for ob-servers. Chelyabinsk region, Uvelski settlement,Uvelsk region: PEC 2169. The register for the voting outside of polling station is missing. Mobile boxes are not visible to the observers, they have been brought to another room. The polling station room is very small, the observers cannot follow the voting – “ there isn’t enough space for observers”

Electoral Commissions’ Activities

Krasnodar area, Sochi city: at PEC 4643, district 12 the commission members were trying to remove the can-didate from CPRF from the PEC by accusing him in campaigning in PEC. However no one could name the per-sons that he was persuading to vote. The members of commission were preventing deputy N. Shcherbakov ( CPRF) from work.

Chelyabinsk area, Kamensk village settlement, settlement Okhotnik, Uvelsk region: According to headquarters information of one of the candidates for head of Uvelsk region, the observers were counting the number of voters that have voted. At noon commission presented the turnout number which was greatly exceeding the results of the counting by observers. Observers suspected that input of ballots into the ballot box is to be made. GOLOS’ mobile team went to check the situation.

Work of Law Enforcement Bodies

Voronezh area, Ostrogozhsk: PEC 2605. Correspondent of Grazhdanski GOLOS Olga Demidova was at the polling station with a camera. Three young men tried to take camera from her and broke it. The police which was present near the station, took the victim to the police station for formalities. However they were going to conduct the alcohol test without Olga’s consent. After one and a half hour the attackers of Olga Demidova were released from the police station and the police decided not to persecute them. The decision was taken after some unknown person had visited the police station. .

Other messages can be found at www.88003333350.ru Additional information can be requested from GOLOS’ Association (Tetyana Bohdanova) at: (495) 234–59–39 or press@golos.org. “GOLOS” Association press service