Wahlbeobachtung in Russland: Golos imformiert über ankommende Regionalwahlen

Die unabhängige, aus Russland stammende Menschenrechtsorganisation “Golos” wird die regionalen und kommunalen Wahlen am 13. September in der Russischen Förderation in einer Langzeitanalyse auf demokratische Standarts und mögliche Unregelmäßigkeiten untersuchen. Ein wöchentlicher Newsletter wird hierüber informieren. Der erste Newsletter in englischer Sprache, indem u.a. Ziele, Möglichkeiten und Probleme der Wahlbeobachtung aufgeführt sind, ist zu finden hier.

Im ersten Newsletter hat Golos erste problematische Entscheidungen in
Bezug auf den Ablauf der Wahlen aufgezeigt:

“Before an election campaign starts, there have usually been various and numerous changes in relevant laws and other legal acts regulating the Russian elections on the federal level. […] For the first time in many years, however, there were no significant changes in the federal legislation on the eve of the 2015 election campaign. The main venue for the manipulation of electoral rules has moved from the federal to the regional and local levels. Almost half of the regions adopted final versions of the electoral law less than one month before the start of the election campaign. Most importantly, the changes to the electoral legislation at the regional level have significantly transformed the following:
– election procedure for heads of local self-government
– composition of representative bodies
– definition mechanism for local constituencies
– drawing methods for party lists
– introduction of early voting
– change in timing for the nomination and registration of candidates and
party lists.”

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