Appearances are deceptive: credibility of the Russian Election Commission

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Authors

JARABINSKÝ Ivan

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source East European Politics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fjcs21/31/1#.VSTqII7kdcQ
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2014.990960
Field Political sciences
Keywords Russia; credibility; electoral management body; Central Election Commission; United Russia; A Just Russia
Description This text focuses on the Russian Electoral Commission (EC) and its performance during the Russian parliamentary elections in 2011. The three-step analysis consists of (1) the EC’s role and organisational structure; (2) a description of the complaints over the EC’s performance and (3) a detailed focus on the EC’s decisions on these complaints’ relevance. Quantitative content analysis is used to analyse the original data and a new forensic method is developed to look for potential biases in the EC’s decisions on raised complaints. Evidence indicate loss of professionalism, dependence, and biased behaviour. Therefore the EC lacks its credibility.
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