Opposition members found themselves in a vulnerable position by refusing to support remote electronic voting (DEV). This point of view was expressed by a political scientist, director of the Center for Political Conjuncture Alexei Chesnakov.
The rejection of electronic voting will lead to the fact that the opposition is unlikely to be able to get the required number of votes and show a significant result, the expert believes.
Chesnakov noted that a large number of voters this year chose the remote format. Electronic voting is more comfortable and convenient, the political scientist stated.
Among those who called for a boycott of remote voting were representatives of the Communist Party. The head of the “Political Expert Group” Konstantin Kalachev recalled that last year the Communists severely criticized the DEG, therefore, in the current elections they are not in a position to sharply change their position.
“Probably, the party imagines its voters as people who are alien to modern technology, who use push-button telephones and vote with paper ballots. This time the communists do not rely on young people,” the analyst explained.
Muscovites elect municipal deputies from 9 to 11 September. Voting is going on in all districts, except for Shchukin and most of the TiNAO.
Online and offline voting in the capital is taking place in a calm, regular mode, said Dmitry Zhuravlev, Director General of the Institute of Regional Problems. The remote format clearly wins over the traditional one, the political scientist stated.
Earlier, experts criticized the opposition for calling for a boycott of electronic voting. This is the way to the defeat of opposition candidates, political analysts are sure.