The field of expression is shrinking, the importance of parties is diminishing, and rules are being rewritten, all in order to create favourable conditions for the authorities. These are the main trends under which the elections scheduled for the single day of voting in 2022 will take place. In response to this situation, experts of the "Golos" movement published the report "Legal and political specifics of the September 11, 2022 elections: limitation of freedoms and continuation of deprivation in the conditions of special operation".
- There are limited opportunities to criticize the position of the government. By the beginning of the 2022 election campaign in Russia, almost all media outlets capable of presenting a point of view different from the official one, as well as foreign social networks, had already been blocked, and any criticism of the authorities may lead to further repression. Mass protests are still banned, a legacy of the coronavirus period, although other epidemic restrictions have by now been cancelled.
- The influence of parties continues to diminish. Whereas previously at least a quarter of the seats in regional parliaments were distributed through the proportional system (according to party lists), this rule has now been abolished. A likely consequence of this will be a reduction in the number of holders of "party benefits" – in other words, it will be more difficult for opposition candidates to register.
- More and more people are deprived of the right to be elected. Under the new rules, those convicted of extremism will not be able to vote for five years after their convictions are expunged. This will further expand the circle of people who are deprived of their passive electoral rights – and we know that there were already more than 10 million of them.
- The timing of election campaigns is shortened, so that the rules of the game become known to opponents of the government at the last moment, giving the administrative candidates significant advantage.
In addition, “Golos” experts studied the legal framework of the gubernatorial, regional parliamentary, and regional centre parliamentary and municipal elections scheduled for the single voting day of 2022.
Read more in the report (in Russian):
"Legal and political specifics of the September 11, 2022 elections: limitation of freedoms and continuation of deprivation in the conditions of special operation".