The third day of voting for deputies of the State Duma, representatives of local assemblies and municipalities, as well as governors passed without any special incidents. Although, it would seem, on the final day, the most serious passions should boil. Observer from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly Vladimir Vardanyan stated that the violations recorded in the elections to the State Duma “Technical and quickly resolved”… Nevertheless, there were no violations, incidents and incidents at all.
September 19 CEC Chairman Ella Pamfilova said that the elections are being held “more or less normal “, except that on Friday in some places there were large gatherings of people at the polling stations, as many had plans for the weekend. By 12:00 she said that in six constituent entities of the Russian Federation, 8 cases of ballot stuffing were confirmed, they were invalidated.
On the eve of the Deputy Chairman of the CEC Nikolay Bulaev said that elections in the Russian regions are being held on a regular basis. He stressed that few violations were recorded, and those that were recorded were not determinative in order to influence the final results. Nevertheless, the leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov announced some “Absolutely blatant facts“.
Thus, observers from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation sent to the CEC a number of complaints about stuffing, as a result of which ballots in the ballot box at polling station No. 475 in the Bryansk region were invalidated. According to the website of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, a similar decision will be made in the near future for polling stations No. 3667 in Balashikha, Moscow Region, and No. 706 in Samara Region. An additional check is being carried out on site No. 550 in the Saratov region.
Deputy candidate Anastasia Udaltsova reported on her Facebook page that observers are working to cancel the results of voting at home in those polling stations where violations were found in the registration of the register of applications for home voting. In addition, at polling station No. 1864, it was revealed that a member of the election commission with a casting vote during the election campaign was an agitator at the headquarters of a candidate from United Russia. Svetlana Razorotnevoy, although this is prohibited by law.
In general, despite the statements of officials that everything is going on as usual, and most of the allegations of violations are fake, if you sum up all the recorded cases, you get quite a lot.
For example, ballots from the ballot box at polling station No. 237 in Kuzbass were canceled — a stuffing was recorded there. In three regions of Russia, three mobile ballot boxes were canceled – in the Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad regions and in Moscow.
Someone has already begun to bear responsibility for the violations committed in the elections. On September 19, in the Stavropol Territory, the chairman of the Precinct Election Commission (PEC) 1085 was dismissed from his post, where the surveillance camera was covered with rags. Earlier, the head of the PEC was demanded by the chairman of the CEC Ella Pamfilova.
The released video shows how at night at PEC 1085 in Pyatigorsk there were people in the room with the safes where the ballots were kept, and the camera aimed at them was covered with a rag. The head of the CEC called it the height of cynicism, arrogance and complete confidence in impunity.
In addition, the chairmen of precinct commissions in the Republic of Adygea, Bryansk and Kemerovo regions, where there were stuffing, have already been dismissed.
As stated by the co-chair of the movement “Russia chooses” Elena Babchenkova, “There are enough reports of possible violations”, but “this is normal”, because elections are a complex process. The recorded violations Babchenkova calls “Fairly standard”: This is incorrect registration of polling stations, documents when voting outside the voting premises, issues of interaction with media representatives and observers.
However, there are also experts who disagree with this assessment. For example, political scientist Abbas Gallyamov told Svobodnaya Pressa that, in his opinion, the number of violations suggests massive falsifications:
– In fact, there are a lot of violations, and not just “violations”, but violations that allow us to talk about massive falsifications. What the CEC is doing is an attempt to whiten the black, – the political scientist expressed his opinion. – “Distinguished” regions are more than usual this time. It can be said that borrowings from the “electoral sultanates” are spread throughout the country. Both traditional methods and new ones associated with a three-day voting are used. For example, violations of the rules for storing ballots at night.
At the same time, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova said that the work done by the CEC over the past six years has made it possible to ensure that no violations in the elections “You can’t hide it now”… At the same time, Pamfilova stressed that not everyone still understands the new realities of the elections, so violations continue.
“You can scold us as you like, but now the sixth year of my efforts with colleagues has led to the fact that the system is so transparent that everything secret becomes clear”, – she said.
If we operate with official figures, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation reported that since the opening of polling stations they have received more than 750 reports of violations; in total, since the beginning of the election campaign, the department has registered 5.8 thousand reports of violations.
According to the head of the main department for ensuring the protection of public order and coordination of interaction with the executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Mikhail Davydov, this is one and a half times less than in 2016. In addition, the number of initiated criminal cases also decreased – by 1.2 times, and almost 2 times – the number of revealed administrative offenses. He also clarified that only 77 reports of violations were sent to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
If, according to the CEC, everything was “more or less” calm at the physical sites, the same cannot be said about the virtual space. Pamfilova complained that this election saw a record number of hacker attacks on the CEC website. According to the head of the CEC, attacks are carried out including from the United States (50%), Germany (25%), Russia (10%) and China (5%).
But the observers also found “virtual” claims to the CEC itself. Director at DNS Digital Store Dmitry Alekseev and mathematician Sergey Shpilkin drew attention to the fact that the Central Election Commission has complicated the processing of data from its website for independent analysts. Allegedly at the CEC “Specially invented a bunch of fonts that would display letters as numbers on the screen and randomly change these combinations”… When you try to copy data from the CEC website to Excel, it turns into a set of characters.
As always, these elections were not without curiosities that diluted the dry news feed. As, for example, original voters who transform the process of expression of will into a real performance. A man dressed as a prince voted in Veliky Novgorod Alexander Nevsky. He left his sword to the gatekeeper for safekeeping. And in the Ryazan region, a man came to the site in a diving suit and fins. At the same time, he had the documents with him, so there were no grounds for refusing to vote. Also during the voting, people were seen in the images of Iron Man, the pirate Davey Jones and a man in a ballot suit.
Another well-known citizen of Russia did not forget to vote – Gerard Depardieu. True, he did it at the Russian embassy in France, and not in Saransk, where he was given an apartment.
There is some good news as well. For example, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov won 10,000 points in the Million Prizes draw, which was attended by citizens who voted electronically. This was reported by Alexey Venediktov, who himself won a similar prize.
As for the turnout, by 18.00 Moscow time it reached 45.15%. By this time, the sites were closed in the Far East, Siberia and the Urals, as well as in the Astrakhan region and part of the Volga regions.
In Moscow, the total turnout at 15:00 was 43.11%, of which “paper” – 19%, electronic – 93.7%. This exceeds the turnout for voting on the Constitution.
In other regions, voting activity varied. Somewhere, for example, in Kuzbass, the turnout by 18:00 was 69.87%, in North Ossetia, 78.1% of voters had already voted by 15:00. In Karelia, on the contrary, by 15:00 only 32.96% had reached the polling stations, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory by 18:00 37.62% had voted, in Tuva – 77.44%.