Andrey Buzin, Head of the Election Monitoring Department, Golos Association
There is such an organization – the Department of Information Technologies of the Moscow City Hall. This organization is in some way responsible for electronic voting in Moscow. This organization prepares everything neatly enough. At least better than the Central Election Commission. To put such a task before the Department of Information Technologies is a clear violation of the voluntariness and secrecy of the vote, that is, a violation of the basic principles of the Russian elections. If this information is true, it is simply a blatant violation of the principles of the Russian elections recorded in the third article of the Federal Law on Guarantees.
Various kinds of election lotteries have already been used many times. This is called lottery recruiting. It was all the time, but in Moscow there was no such thing before. For example, in Yakutia or the Samara region, this was observed almost constantly. In Samara, they played cars, in Yakutia they also played something. This is a phenomenon that is constantly observed – attraction with the help of lotteries, an increase in turnout. In the literal sense, this is not a violation of the law, because the law says that it is prohibited to hold lotteries related to the outcome of elections, but here it is argued that this is not related to the outcome of a choice, but is simply an attraction to elections.
Arkady Lyubarev, Head of the Directorate for Monitoring Election Campaigns of the Association “Golos”
I think that the more people are attracted to this vote, the easier it will be to manipulate, because it will be more difficult to detect these manipulations. Of course, it is very disturbing, because this electronic voting does not guarantee the accuracy of the count and the correspondence of the result obtained with how people will vote. This is very dangerous indeed. There are big doubts that this is the right way. We know that so far the procedures that are established in electronic voting do not guarantee that it will be conducted honestly. There are suspicions that people will be forced.
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