The first Statement of GOLOS Association on the results of long-term monitoring of election campaigns at the local, regional and State Duma elections set for December 4, 2011. The Registration and Nomination Stages
This is the first in a series of statements on the course of the election campaign. It covers the period from August 30, 2011 through October 25, 2011.
The Duma election campaign in 2011 differs from the 2007 election only in the level of administrative arrogance.
The map of the country on the interactive hotline at www.kartanarusheniy.ru is gradually turning red
The geography of reported violations already covers the whole territory of Russia — from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
2011 Parliamentary Elections in Russia: GOLOS and European Exchange report on the domestic election monitoring in Russia
On the 4th of December 2011 the parliamentary elections will take place, the presidential elections are to be held on 4th March 2012. Due to a constitutional amendment in 2008, the presidential term increased from four to six years, and the State Duma’s term from four to five years. In line with this new legislation the upcoming elections will be probably the last regular, national elections in Russia until 2016.
Election monitoring group says Chairman’s misleading comments about OSCE observers raises concerns about election oversight
In Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Region, numerous instances of pressure on independent candidates running for City Council have been reported.
In early October in Rostov-on-Don, rumors began to spread about mysterious social surveys by phone calls.
In Lipetsk on September 29th, a roundtable was held on the topic of the 2011 Elections.
October 6th from 15:00–16:00 the Association of NGOS will organize a press conference, and will extend invitations to the representatives from political parties, the media, and the REC of the Kaluga Region.
Long-term observation of the election campaign for the Federal Assembly continues in Novosibirsk.
Earlier this week, strange leaflets began appearing on the streets of Kaliningrad.
“The opposition has agreed on the mobilizing in the streets”, said the coordinator of the Left Front, Sergei Udaltsov.
Journalists, activists, students and volunteers from GOLOS met on September 30th in the Human Rights House in Voronezh to talk about free speech and free elections.
The MEC of Novokuznetsk has registered the party lists of United Russia and the LDPR for the proportional elections in the City Council on December 4th. The MEC also refused the part lists of Pravoye Delo (Right Cause) and the Communist Party.
A breach in electoral law has been reported in Ivanovo.
In preparation for the upcoming election, a conference is being held in Vladivostok on the topic of “Discussing electoral issues and the development of common strategies of the coalition.” The conference is being hosted by the Center for the People’s Control of Elections.
United Russia, which signed the agreement “For Fair Elections” failed to collect a complete set of signatures from candidates of parties in the Vladimir region. For various reasons, only three of seven necessary signatures from representatives of electoral associations were present.
Campaigning for the State Duma and the local parliament has only just begun, and already violations of electoral law have occurred.
GOLOS has returned to the institution of city management to convince the public that it is harmful.
An international scientific conference called “Civic Education. Civic Action. Civil Choice” has been dedicated to the 20th anniversary of civic education in the Tomsk Region.
On September 29th in Irkutsk Oblast a seminar organized by the Electoral Commission of the Irkutsk Region on the upcoming State Duma election was held. It was attended by the Chairman of the Regional Election Commission, Viktor Ignatenko and officials from local governments.
We continue to draw cartoons about the difficult elections in the forest. In this episode, Winnie the Pooh goes to Piglet for an owl costume. Watch and share.
Moscow, 7 July 2011. In a statement released today, Golos Association, an organization dedicated to protecting voters’ rights, praised today’s decision of the Constitutional Court declaring unconstitutional regional laws that require 100% of candidates running for office in local governments to be elected from political party lists.
Statement by Golos Association on the Decision of Constitutional Court on the Constitutionality of Statutes Allowing Only the Use of the Proportional System in Municipal Elections
GOLOS Association strongly supports today’s ruling of the Constitutional Court upholding the complaint brought by Yuri Gurman and Ivan Boltushenko to have a 100% proportional system for municipal and local elections, under which only those Russian citizens nominated by eligible political parties are allowed to run for local deputies, declared unconstitutional.