Citizens’ electoral rights protection

07 September 2017

On the eve of a single voting day on September 10, 2017 it is paid much attention to ensuring one of the basic political rights of individual and citizen — the right to elect and be elected.

This year, elections of different levels will be held in 81 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Governors will be elected in 16 regions, in six — deputies of legislative assemblies. In 11 regional centers citizens will elect deputies of city councils. Elections of local deputies and heads will take place in a number of municipalities.

On the single voting day, ensuring the legality and openness of the electoral process is of particular importance.

The elections organization requires a well-coordinated interaction between federal and regional state structures, government bodies and civil society institutions.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation takes a direct part in the preparation and guarantee of the legality of the electoral process, and reacts to citizens' appeals concerning the protection of electoral rights.

This year, the High Commissioner initiated a monitoring working group creation which will monitor and react to reports on citizens' electoral rights violations and take appropriate measures. In addition, a "hot" phone line will be organized, and all information concerning monitoring compliance with the electoral legislation and appeals investigation on specific facts of violation of citizens' electoral rights will be addressed to the CEC.

Human Rights Commissioners in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation will share the information concerning electoral process violations and it will also be collected and generalized by the staff of the High Commissioner’s Office.

The Ombudsperson’s "Hot Line" is one of the tools for ensuring transparency and openness of the electoral process, which, in turn, helps to increase citizens' confidence in the fairness of elections.

Having analyzed the results of the election campaigns of previous years, it can be concluded that electoral rights of citizens are protected the most where there is interaction between authorities and civil society institutions, where an open dialogue is conducted with an interest in constructive criticism.

Ensuring the citizens’ right to elect and be elected is an important and necessary condition for the creation of a "healthy" state, since this right is at the center of all the processes of forming the authorities of the country.

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