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Forum of independent election observers in Yoshkar-Ola

by Dmitry Lyubimov
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On March 13, a forum of independent election observers was held in the main building of Mari State University. The participants (mostly students) learned how to observe the elections.

According to the regional coordinator of the project "National Public Monitoring" Irina Petrova, portal-aggregator "nom24" will be the main tool of the network of public observers — a platform created on the principles of blockchain and neural networks. The site will collect all relevant information about the elections, including the protocols, confirmed by the independent platform Verifier. Thus, the substitution of information, according to her, will be impossible

"Elections of the Russian president are already being questioned by a number of anti-Russian countries and organizations," says Irina Petrova. "In this context, statements about the illegitimacy of the vote, about the undemocratic nature of the process are expected. Public observers have to be attentive to what is happening in the polling station, to be cautious, to avoid participation in dubious actions and to be conscientious."

By that time, NPM had conducted nine training webinars for observers, two more — in plans.

The students watched a video in which Lesia Ryabtseva, former assistant to the editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow, talks about five common violations in the elections.

Chairman of Central Electoral Commission of Mari El Irina Tatarinova said that the electoral commission is interested in independent and professional observing. The observer, she said, should know the electoral process as well as the members of the CEC.

Members of the commission staged the situations at the polling station and showed how it should and should not be observed.

A curator of the republic at the elections, member of the Central Election Commission of Russia Vasily Likhachev came to Mari El on March 12.

In early March, the Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation did not accredit 4,5 thousand observers from the media "Leviathan", created by the team of Alexei Navalny.

Denis Dolgopolov, «7x7»


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