GOLOS is collecting data on protocol violations and acts of fraud committed during the 4 March elections

05 апреля 2012 г.

GOLOS Association is continuing to collect information on violations and acts of fraud committed during the 4 March 2012 elections. Any voter, observer, or independent commission member is invited to publish their accounts on the Map of Electoral Violations. Evidence of violations of electoral law will be added to the formal complaint that will be submitted to the authorities. Furthermore, protocols that do not coincide with the official CEC results will be published online at: http://2012.kartaitogov.ru.

At this point, from the 5,200 messages received, the Map of Electoral Violations features 721 accounts from 69 regions containing information about complaints. The most active areas in terms of report submission are Moscow and Moscow Oblast, from which 114 and 89 reports have been submitted, respectively. Other high-activity areas include: St. Petersberg with 84 complaints, Stavropol Krai with 30 complaints, and Saratov Oblast with 26 complaints.

Of 105 statements from 26 regions, we have the following information about the official reactions of authorities: 19 reports from Moscow, 13 from Moscow Oblast, 5 from Kalmykia, 4 from St. Petersberg, and 3 from Kostroma Oblast. In most cases, these have been official responses within election commissions at various levels.

According to publicly available statistics, the majority of complaints have regarded violations of the rights of observers, commission members, and media representatives (225) and Election Day violations (218.) Additionally, 139 statements have provided information about absentee voting violations and evidence of illegal voting. 139 complaints submitted by users have provided evidence of violations of the tabulation process and distortion of the electoral results.

The falsification of results, a criminal offense, is the most serious violation of electoral law. GOLOS Association is particularly interested in collecting information on copies of PEC protocols that differ from those used to justify the official electoral results. Again, such information can be submitted to http://2012.kartaitogov.ru

Scans of rewritten protocols that are submitted by observers will be published in the public domain. After the State Duma elections, the Map of Electoral Violations featured scanned copies of 520 protocols that differed from their officially adopted counterparts. According only to these documents, United Russia gained more than 141,000 votes. And one State Duma deputy seat is equal to 136,000 votes.

Publication of information providing evidence of fraud plays an important role in creating a public outcry to massive violations of electoral law. However, it is no less important for citizens to competently compile statements on each such occasion.

Information on how to properly formulate and file complaints is available to all on the Map of Electoral Violations website. Additionally, the GOLOS Association website has published templates for statements to be submitted to the courts and prosecutors. To receive a legal consultation on evidence of violations of electoral law, please feel free to email pravo@golos.org.