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Tatiana Moskalkova addressed plenary session of the First All-Russian Public Monitoring Congress

17 August 2018
Tatiana Moskalkova addressed plenary session of the First All-Russian Public Monitoring Congress

On August 17, Tatiana Moskalkova addressed the plenary session of the First All-Russian Public Monitoring Congress on «Innovation and prospects for public monitoring in Russian elections».

"Protection of electoral rights is one of the priorities of the High Commissioner. Therefore, the High Commissioner 's Office, together with regional commissioners, constantly monitors election campaigns for observance of Russian citizens’ electoral rights. At present, a monitoring group on observance of citizens’ electoral rights during the preparation and holding of a single voting day on September 9, 2018 has started its work. Hotline has been launched. There has been established mutual exchange of information with Commissioners for Human Rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation about violation of electoral rights", Tatiana Moskalkova said at the outset.

Tatiana Moskalkova underlined that on July 3, 2018 the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law allowing civic chambers to send observers to election commissions in regional and local elections. Now the federal and regional civic chambers, and through them, any public organizations, volunteers and active citizens of Russia will be able to attend polling stations and monitor elections at all levels.

This should become a real guarantee of ensuring transparency in the work of election commissions. And it is very important that the selection of observers from public associations and civic chambers be objective and it should ensure representation of all public institutions interested in transparency of elections.

"Today, modern information technologies are actively used in election monitoring. It allows to instantly transmit and analyze information from polling stations. At the same time, in the case of rapid data transmission, the quality of verification of their reliability is often reduced. Therefore, it seems to me that the first principle of public monitoring in elections should be the reliability and objectivity of information", the High Commissioner emphasized.

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