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Armenia: Top election official calls Armenia's polls “essential progress” | ArmeniaNow.com

Tigran Mukuchyan, the head of the Central Election Commission (CEC), described the May 6 parliamentary elections in Armenia as “essential progress” as he gave a press conference in Yerevan on Wednesday. In the view of the head of the body administering the process, the elections giving the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) a landslide victory amounted to the “most transparent, public and controlled” elections in Armenia ever. Mukuchyan’s comments were in harmony with what the political leadership in Armenia has said before and after the elections. President Serzh Sargsyan and other senior members of the government had pledged to hold the best elections in the history of independent Armenia – a circumstance also attached a great deal of importance to by Armenia’s international partners, notably the European Union and the United States.

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Armenia: Opposition Bloc Wins Enough Votes To Enter Parliament | Radio Liberty

Armenia’s Central Election Commission says President Serzh Sarkisian’s governing Republican party took 44.05 percent of the vote after all ballots from the contest on May 6 were counted. The victory puts the party in a commanding position in parliament and boosts Sarkisian ahead of presidential polls next year.  The junior partner in the country’s current governing coalition, the Prosperous Armenia party, came in second with just under 31 percent. The opposition Armenian National Congress bloc also won enough votes to enter parliament, according to preliminary results. Officials said the party had obtained more than 7 percent of the vote — surpassing the minimum 7 percent threshold needed to hold seats in the legislature.

Full Article: Armenian Opposition Bloc Wins Enough Votes To Enter Parliament.

Armenia: Opposition Bloc Wins Enough Votes To Enter Parliament | Radio Liberty

Armenia’s Central Election Commission says President Serzh Sarkisian’s governing Republican party took 44.05 percent of the vote after all ballots from the contest on May 6 were counted. The victory puts the party in a commanding position in parliament and boosts Sarkisian ahead of presidential polls next year.  The junior partner in the country’s current governing coalition, the Prosperous Armenia party, came in second with just under 31 percent. The opposition Armenian National Congress bloc also won enough votes to enter parliament, according to preliminary results. Officials said the party had obtained more than 7 percent of the vote — surpassing the minimum 7 percent threshold needed to hold seats in the legislature.

Full Article: Armenian Opposition Bloc Wins Enough Votes To Enter Parliament.

Armenia: Central Election Commission examines widespread reports of violations in parliamentary elections | Trend

Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) examined widespread reports of violations in the parliamentary elections, CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan said on Sunday. “There are some details that were published in the press, law enforcement agencies are engaged in their clarification,” RIA Novosti quoted Mukuchyan as saying. He said that at a polling station in Gegharkunik province an attempt to record video from the rear of the voting booth was registered, which makes it possible to find out who the voter voted for. “This individual was summoned to the police, a report was drawn up, and he was forbidden to continue his activities. Circumstances are being clarified,” Mukuchyan said.
He refused to name the offender, and the party he was representing.

Full Article: Armenian Central Election Commission examines widespread reports of violations in parliamentary elections - Trend.

Armenia: Central Election Commission examines widespread reports of violations in parliamentary elections | Trend

Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) examined widespread reports of violations in the parliamentary elections, CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan said on Sunday. “There are some details that were published in the press, law enforcement agencies are engaged in their clarification,” RIA Novosti quoted Mukuchyan as saying. He said that at a polling station in Gegharkunik province an attempt to record video from the rear of the voting booth was registered, which makes it possible to find out who the voter voted for. “This individual was summoned to the police, a report was drawn up, and he was forbidden to continue his activities. Circumstances are being clarified,” Mukuchyan said.
He refused to name the offender, and the party he was representing.

Full Article: Armenian Central Election Commission examines widespread reports of violations in parliamentary elections - Trend.

Russia: Politician on Hunger Strike – A Protest Movement’s Second Wind? | NYTimes.com

“Day 24 is over,” Oleg Shein wrote in his blog just after midnight on April 8. “Tomorrow is Day 25. We are not on a suicide mission. Nor are we on a mission to make me the mayor. We are on a mission to secure fair elections that will put an end to the mafia system of government in Astrakhan.” The politician Oleg Shein and 21 of his supporters are on hunger strike — most of them since March 16. Shein ran for mayor of Astrakhan, a city of just over half a million people in southern Russia, near where the Volga River joins the Caspian Sea. On March 4, Shein lost with under 30 percent of the vote — and, like many independent candidates around the country, he claims the election was stolen.

Full Article: Russian Politician on Hunger Strike - NYTimes.com.

Turkmenistan: Turkmen Central Election Commission announces “day of silence” before presidential elections – Trend

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Turkmenistan announced Feb.11 “the day of silence” before the presidential elections, the CEC said on Saturday. As many as eight candidates compete for the highest office. These include incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, deputy head of Dashoguz province Recep Bazarov, head of one of departments of Turkmengaz Kakageldy Abdyllayev, employee of Turkmenoil Gurbanmammad Mollnyazov, minister of water economy Annageldy Yazmyradov, employee of the Ministry of construction Esenkuli Gayipov, director of cotton mill Saparmyrat Batyrov and minister of energy and industry Yarmuhammet Orazgulyev. According to the law “On elections of president of Turkmenistan”, election campaign comes to an end one day before the elections. Thus, it was decided to declare February 11 “day of silence”, the CEC said in a statement.

Full Article: Turkmen Central Election Commission announces “day of silence” before presidential elections - Trend.

India: No No-Vote option on electronic voting machine not this time, says poll panel | DNA

The ‘No-Vote’ option would not be available in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the civic polls, the Central Election Commission (CEC) and State Election Commission (SEC) informed the Bombay high court on Monday. A division bench of justice DD Sinha and justice VK Tahilramani was hearing a PIL filed by Thane doctor Mahesh Bedekar, seeking to maintain the privacy of people choosing not to vote for any candidate. An affidavit filed by chief electoral officer Debasish Chakrabarty before the high court stating that the Election Commission of India had considered the issue of providing a separate ‘None of the above’ panel in the EVMs.

Full Article: Civic polls: No-Vote option on EVM not this time, says poll panel - Mumbai - DNA.

Turkmenistan: Presidential campaign intensifies in Turkmenistan | Trend.az

The presidential candidates in Turkmenistan standing for the elections scheduled for February 12 are currently holding meetings with voters, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the country reported. Eight candidates are involved in the campaign: the current president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the deputy head of the Dashoguz district Recep Bazarov, head of one of the offices of Turkmengaz Kakageldy Abdyllaev, an employee of Turkmenneft Gurbanmamed Mollanyyazov, the Minister of Water Resources Annageldy Yazmyradov, a member of the Ministry of Construction Esenkuli Gayypov, director of a cotton mill Saparmyrat Batyrov and Minister of energy and industry Yarmuhammet Orazgulyev.

Full Article: Presidential campaign intensifies in Turkmenistan - Trend.

Russia: Opposition parties seek new Election Commission before presidential poll | RT

Leaders of three opposition factions in the lower house have prepared a bill demanding that Russia’s new Central Election Commission is elected before the March presidential poll. Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the Liberal Democratic Party and Sergey Mironov of the Fair Russia party submitted the suggestion to dissolve the Central Election Commission headed by its current chairman Vladimir Churov, and form new commissions starting from district level.

Full Article: Opposition parties seek new Election Commission before presidential poll — RT.

Russia: Putin foe could be barred from Russian election | Reuters

Russian liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky could be barred from running against Vladimir Putin in a presidential election after officials said Monday there were problems with his registration as a candidate. Opinion polls show Yavlinsky has no chance of winning the March 4 election but the refusal to let him run would be a slap in the face for leaders of protests by tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding fair elections and political reform. Central Election Commission officials told Russian news agencies there were errors in about a quarter of the 2 million signatures of support Yavlinsky had submitted as a requirement to enter the election, much higher than the permitted amount.

Full Article: Putin foe could be barred from Russian election | Reuters.

Latvia: Latvian Vote on language issue set Feb. 18 | LatviansOnline

A national referendum on whether Russian should become Latvia’s second official language is set for Feb. 18, the Central Election Commission announced Jan. 3 in Rīga.

The referendum will decide whether proposed legislation to amend the constitution will be adopted. The legislation would change five sections in the constitution, including Paragraph 4, which sets Latvian as the sole official language. At least half of all eligible voters, or nearly 772,000 citizens, would need to vote in favor of the referendum question for it to pass, according to Latvian law.

Full Article: Vote on language issue set Feb. 18.

Russia: Official: poll violations real and imaginary — RT

A top official of the Central Election Commission has admitted that some of the violations reported by vigilant citizens actually took place, but said that in most cases the suspicions proved to be unfounded. The deputy head of the Central Election Commission, Leonid Ivlev, told reporters on Sunday evening that the reports about violations on parliamentary elections were partially confirmed. He named invisible ink, illegal propaganda, and the so called “merry-go-round” – false voting by a group of specially prepared people.

The official said that the invisible ink trick was disclosed in time so the violation did not even happen and so it was more correct to talk of attempted violation. As for the “merry-go-round”, the deputy head of the commission said that the reports were tremendously exaggerated. For example, some observers accused their opponents of bringing 50 cars with 400 people to one polling station with the intent of affecting the vote. Such an action was hardly imaginable and had not been confirmed, Ivlev said.

He also said that many reports simply showed a lack of understanding of the election procedure. One of the party representatives was accused of keeping a copy of the Constitution on his working desk during the elections and one man said he had noticed a sticker on the passport of one of the voters and suggested that this was a special sign allowing him to vote many times under some secret agreement. “Colleagues, I have a sticker on my passport myself as I need it to distinguish between my internal and foreign passports. Where is the violation here?” At the same time, the official stressed that all reports of violations will be thoroughly checked with participation of police and prosecutors.

Full Article: Official: poll violations real and imaginary — RT.

South Ossetia: Presidential poll goes to second round | rt.com

Presidential elections in the republic of South Ossetia will continue to a second round as none of the 11 candidates managed to top the 50 per cent of the vote required by law.

“None of the candidates will be elected president of South Ossetia,” the head of the Central Election Commission, Bella Plieva, said on Monday after 98.84% of the votes had been counted. “Most of the votes went to Anatoly Bibilov (25.44%) and Alla Dzhioeva (25.37%)… If none of the candidates gets the necessary amount of ballots, the Central Election Commission calls a rerun election.”

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission receives 127 complaints about violations during presidential elections |eng.24.kg

The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan (CEC) had received 127 claims and complaints about violations committed during presidential elections. This was reported by the member of the CEC Gulnara Dzhurabaeva at the CEC’s session. According to her, 92 complaints were received from citizens, 24 – from presidential candidates and their representatives. The latter had 30 statements and 24 applications of citizens.

Russia: Electronically verified elections | Russia & India Report

In 1994, when the Russian budget was more or less equivalent to that of New York City, the state decided to begin development of the Automated State Election System (SAS). Prior to the development of SAS, Russian electoral rolls were printed on typewriters and ballot papers were hand-counted. In the 1993 elections, it took election officials 12 days to count the votes. SAS, which took about a year to develop and launch, was built on a foundation of Soviet technological innovations, but some of the world’s leading IT companies, including HP, Oracle, and Cisco Systems, also contributed.

“With the creation of the Elections SAS, we became pioneers. And to this day, not a single country in the world has a system like ours,” said Mikhail Popov, head of the Federal Center of Information Technologies under the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, in a 2009 interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta. It’s possible that he is over-praising his creation. But the SAS has served more than 20,000 election campaigns at various levels without significant technological failures.

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Kyrgyzstan: Twenty candidates to vie for Kyrgyz presidency | Reuters

Kyrgyzstan will choose its next president from a list of 20 candidates in an election next month that could expose divisions between the north and south of the volatile Central Asian state. Official campaigning began on Monday after the Central Election Commission named its final list of candidates for president of the strategic country of 5.5 million people, which hosts both U.S. and Russian military air bases.

The October 30 vote, which some analysts say will need a second round, will pit current Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev against heavyweight rivals from the south of the country, where central government’s grip on power is tenuous.

The election is the culmination of constitutional reforms introduced after the overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010. Current President Roza Otunbayeva, who led the interim government that took power, will step down on December 31.

Full Article: Twenty candidates to vie for Kyrgyz presidency | Reuters.

Russia: Russia at Odds With West Over Parliamentary Election Monitors | NYTimes.com

Russia’s top election official said Wednesday that Western election observers are proposing an unacceptably large delegation to monitor parliamentary voting in December, raising the possibility of a standoff like the one that caused the cancellation of an observation mission four years ago.

Vladimir V. Churov, the chairman of Russia’s Central Election Commission, said Russia will approve delegations of between 40 and 100 observers apiece. The election-monitoring arm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has proposed a mission of 260 observers.

The cancellation of the O.S.C.E. mission in 2007 was the first since Russia undertook to hold free elections in 1990, and followed reports that said the country was falling short of democratic standards.

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Georgia (Sakartvelo): Heavy turnout in Abkhazia’s polls: election commission — Shanghai Daily

As many as 61.6 percent of the registered voters had cast their ballots by 14:00 GMT in Friday’s election to choose a new leader for Abkhazia, the Abkhaz central election commission said. The Apsnipress news agency quoted election commission chairman Batal Tabagua as saying that the election would be considered valid, as voter turnout had already exceeded 50 percent of the electorate.

Abkhazia declared independence after Georgia’s 1991-1995 civil war but Georgia claims sovereignty and territorial integrity over the region. The Georgian foreign ministry on Saturday appealed to the international community to condemn Abkhazia’s presidential election, which was held three months after the death of its third elected president, Sergei Bagapsh.

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Latvia: 13 parties to vie for 11th Saeima | Latvians Online

A total of 13 political parties or coalitions will be on the ballot Sept. 17 when Latvian voters go to the polls in the homeland and abroad to elect a new parliament, according to the Central Election Commission in Rīga.

No. 1 in the packet of candidate lists voters will receive will be Vienotība (Unity), a center-right party that merges Jaunais laiks (New Era), Pilsoniskā savienība (Civic Union) and Sabiedrība citai politikai (Society for a Different Politics).

Full Article: 13 parties to vie for 11th Saeima.