‘Golos’ calls for open access to surveillance videos
The movement ‘Golos’ calls for open access to surveillance videos recorded on the Election Day across the country. This would help to detect fraud and bring perpetrators to justice.
‘Golos’ has addressed an open letter to CEC member Siyabshah Shapiev
The movement ‘Golos’ has addressed an open letter to the CEC member Siyabshah Shapiev. The organization requests to disclose the facts to which Mr. Shapiev referred, alleging that the coordinator of the movement in Dagestan Eduard Atayev ‘is manipulated by persons who are hostile towards Russia’.
‘Golos’ suggested candidates for the posts of regional election officials to Russian CEC
The process of formation of regional election commissions runs at full speed. In the coming days, within the framework of renewal of the composition of regional election commissions, the Russian CEC will propose two members for each commission. Typically, the selected candidates must pass through the filter of regional authorities, aimed at strengthening the administrative control over the regional commissions and, in fact, backed by the Russian CEC.
OSCE Gives Mixed Review Of Russian Ruling Party's Win — RFE/RL
A September 19 statement by the independent monitoring organization Golos said the elections were "far from truly free and fair." It added that the situation has improved since 2011, but said "institutional changes [are still] needed to prevent fraud."
Russian election: Big victory for Putin-backed party United Russia — BBC
The independent election monitoring group Golos said that "although the level of violations in this election campaign was lower than in 2011 there were many in the run-up to the voting". It said the elections were "far from what could be called really free and fair".
Russian elections: Putin-backed party sweeps to victory amid allegations of election fraud — The Independent
Monitoring company Golos said they had received floods of reports of vote-rigging but there was little it could do through official channels.
Golos Reports on Duma Elections: Far from Being Free and Fair — Observers' Statement
Among the most common reports of violations on election day were: violations of absentee voting protocol, violations of “at home” voting protocol, or illegal voting (342 reports); procedural errors (400); violations of observer’s rights, rights of commission members, and rights of representatives of the media (290); illegal campaigning (181); violation of tabulation rules or distortion of voting results (162); violations in the design of polling stations (138); non-inclusion of voters in voter lists or denial of their right to vote (134); coercion of voters or breach of the secrecy of the vote (109).
Russian national elections tarred by violation claims — CBS
The election monitoring group Golos also said it had received more than 1,300 complaints by late afternoon, September 18.