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YABLOKO Congress called people to become observers from YABLOKO at the forthcoming elections

Press Release

December 19, 2011

YABLOKO has announced "YABLOKOs subscription": the party called citizens to become observers at the forthcoming presidential elections, and invites those who have already worked as observers at the parliamentary elections to become YABLOKO members. YABLOKO will continue participating in protest actions against election fraud calling the citizens to seek annulment of the elections. Such decisions were adopted by YABLOKO Congress held on December 18.

The decision of the Congress runs that YABLOKO does not recognize the results of the parliamentary elections, considers the State Duma formed via rigged voting illegitimate and demands recognition of the elections void. Delegates of the Congress also indicated that collection of signatures for participation in election campaigns for non-parliamentary parties should be abolished, also the threashold for passing into the State Duma should be reduced to 3 per cent. It was also stressed that all the political organisations wishing to take part in elections should have access to elections and public organizations should get the right to nominate observers for elections.

The Congress also demanded dismissal of head of the Central Electoral Commission Vladimir Churov, dissolution of electoral commissions at all levels and formation of new commissions.

YABLOKO also appealed to the citizens of Russia inviting them to participate in the municipal (as members) and the presidential elections (as observers).

"We are appealing to all the caring citizens: do not allow for fraud at presidential elections, become electoral commission member, become an observer! If there are several observers at every polling station, every territorial electoral commission, then it will be much difficult to fraud with the votes!" runs the decision of the Congress.

The document also contains an assessment of the parliamentary elections. YABLOKO marked toughening of the electoral law "favourable for the ruling party and extremely unfavourable for the non-parliamentary opposition," especially in the part of collection of signatures for registration in the campaigns for non-parliamentary parties.

"Also prices for advertising and broadcasting and publications grew even more. And orders for governor and mayors as far as the ruling party results were concerned became even tougher. But the main thing about the recent elections was open and shameless violation of the law based on a impunity."

Polling stations with a 100 per cent turn out and almost 100 vote for the ruling United Russia party were found not only in the Caucasus republics, Mordovia, Komi, Tatarstan and other national republics but also in Moscow (eg, polling station No 3249: 100 per cent turnout, 96.2 per cent for United Russia; polling station No 3236: 100% turnout, 93.1 per cent for United Russia; polling station No 3242: 100 per cent turnout, 83.8 per cent for United Russia).

YABLOKO also stated that according to the data from observers and exit polls, the party overcame the 7 per cent threashold to the parliament: the differences between the protocols given to observers and the official results are great.

Despite massive fraud, the results of the party demonstrated sufficient increase of its support: even according to the Central Electoral Commission data, YABLOKO was supported by 2.3 million voters. This support was the highest support in the large cities (as of the official data below): over 10 per cent in St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, over 8 per cent in Moscow and Pskov, over 7 per cent in Yekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk, Tver, Perm and Tomsk, over 6 per cent in Irkutsk , Murmansk, Yaroslavl, Tula, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Vladivostok, over 5 per cent in Rostov-upon-Don, Vologda, Kaluga, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Novgorod, Volgograd, Ivanovo, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the Khanty-Mansiysk, Vladimir, Omsk , Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Ryazan and Kostroma. In the 31 regions the party won over 3 per cent.

See also:

Elections to the State Duma 2011

Presidential Elections 2012



Press Release

December 19, 2011

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