Elections in South Ossetia: Falsification was impossible10.04.2012 | 19:50
Presidential elections in South Ossetia were held recently. Leonid Tibilov, the former head of security agencies of the republic, was elected country's president in the second round. Defeated David Sanakoev left with dignity, saying that he would not challenge the results of the expression. Zarina Sanakoeva, journalist, told GTimes about how "transparent" the voting process was.
"Speaking of violations, we should note some rather specific factors in the elections in South Ossetia. First of all, we're talking about representatives of candidates or so-called "observers of the candidates". Every candidate had two observers at each polling station. One of them puts his signature on every ballot, assuring them. In addition, he also can check the passport of the voter for presence of a seal and so on. And another representative is monitoring the situation throughout the station. They are also present during the vote count. Yes, maybe it's too good to be true, but it might be so if only the authorities declared it. But the candidates agree with it. Even during the election in November, when the situation was much harder, there were no allegations of violations of the
candidates received. Unless, of course, we don't mention the lawsuit of Bibilov, even his party the "Unity", which has led to the abolition of the results. But this was personnel and administrative costs, due to which illegal removal of the results of those elections became possible. And speaking about the very electoral process, I can say that presidential election in South Ossetia is transparent.
I must say about falsifications. They are initially impracticable due to the aforementioned reason. Receiving a bulletin, a citizen of South Ossetia "gets" a seal in the passport. I have 4 seals in my passport. So the people will not be able to vote at other polling station. Information about bribing hasn't been confirmed yet, neither by official authorities, nor by any of the candidates.
In my opinion, this information was a false rumour. Its purpose was to excite the society, to awaken their attention to the process. It is known that after the cancellation of the November elections, and all the events that followed it, the people were were at least angry. This anger soon gave way to apathy. After the registration process of candidates for re-election, when the most independent and brightest candidates were openly removed, the hope for interesting campaign died. The first round of elections proves it. Dmitry Medoyev regularly claimed violations on the side of the opponents during the election campaign. The impression was that he was not going to accept defeat. But, to everyone's surprise, March 26, the day after elections, he accepted the results of the election and congratulated the two remaining candidates. And this happened despite the fact that the gap between David Sanakoev, who has passed into the second round, was less than 1%".