Electronic Voting will be Rechecked in Moscow
OREANDA-NEWS. The results of remote electronic voting (DEG) will be checked in Moscow, said Alexey Venediktov, head of the capital's public headquarters for election observation. The public headquarters gave the corresponding instruction to the technical group.
"Since we have preserved paper traces, I ask the CEC to keep it, and if necessary, after all the recounts, we will make a decision on a paper recount,"- Venediktov said at a meeting of the public headquarters.
In addition, all data on DEG is planned to be made publicly available.
Later, Venediktov clarified that it was not about a legal recount of the results of electronic voting, but about an audit and reconciliation of votes.
"The headquarters does not have the right to make a decision on the recalculation, this is a reconciliation. Reconciliation in order to confirm or not confirm suspicions, so that the results are calculated incorrectly. This is one small part, there is a lot of work ahead, "- Venediktov said.
Yevgeny Fedin, a member of the technical working group of the Moscow DIT on electronic voting, confirmed that at a meeting of the public headquarters there was a proposal to organize a technical group that will conduct a recount of the DEG until September 27. According to him, the composition of the group has not yet been discussed.
Electoral expert Grigory Melkonyants said in his Telegram channel that the verification of votes should be carried out before September 27. "Observers have downloaded files with transactions, standing for different times, which can also be used for recalculation. To check whether there was a substitution of votes during the prolonged decoding and whether the last votes of voters who used the "re-voting" tool were correctly taken into account, "- he explained.
Remote electronic voting began at 08: 00 Moscow time on September 17 and ended at 20: 00 Moscow time on September 19. The final online turnout was 96.5%. In total, about 2 million people cast their votes in Moscow using remote voting.
After the electronic voting data was processed, the alignment of the results changed. Before that, opposition candidates were in the lead in a number of single-mandate districts, after processing electronic ballots, candidates from the authorities who appeared in the so-called Sobyanin list (the list of politicians and public figures who were publicly called upon to support the mayor of the capital) came forward everywhere. As a result, there was not a single single-mandate district in Moscow where opposition candidates would have won.
So, the candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Anastasia Udaltsova until the last moment, up to the counting of 99% of the protocols, was leading in the elections to the State Duma in the Nagatinskaya district of Moscow. However, after counting 100% of the protocols, she took second place (25.3%), losing to the representative of United Russia, Svetlana Razvorotneva. Deputy Chairman of the Moscow City Election Commission Dmitry Reut explained this precisely by the results of electronic voting. "When there are paper protocols, there is a small number of voters. But tens of thousands are registered at the DEG site. The protocol with the results of the DEG affects the whole picture, so after entering it, the final picture changed,"- he said.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation eventually refused to recognize the results of electronic voting in Moscow.