Props from United Russia: Oksana Trishkina’s fake contracts
In the Pribaikalsky district of Buryatia, eyewitnesses met with a strange pre-election move. United Russia candidate Oksana Trishkina decided to take a written “Cooperation Agreement” from her future voters.
The document, signed by the parties, contains the following words: “I (full name) want Trishkina Oksana Nikolaevna to be elected a deputy of the People’s Khural of the Republic of Buryatia, and I convey my order to her.” In exchange, the candidate undertakes to work in the interests of the district and the entire region. This was reported by the publication “MK in Buryatia”. The result was incomprehensible and meaningless agreements. It seems that this is just a collection of instructions from voters, but why does the document necessarily record in writing the desire of a person to vote for Trishkina? The election campaign continues, the opinion of the voter can change at least every day.
Oksana Trishkina is a member of the United Russia party, the head of the administration of the rural settlement of Gremyachinskoye in the Pribaikalsky district. She is known for the fact that in August 2017 she personally thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his help in restoring the village of Cheryomushki, which burned down in the Baikal region. All her life she was an official with the appropriate education, hence the legs of her bureaucratic props grow. Its main competitor in the district is the infamous ex-deputy of the People’s Khural, candidate from the Communist Party Sergei Mezenin. He has extensive electoral experience, and the dislike of the inhabitants of the Pribaikalsky district towards United Russia will allow him to “process” part of the district’s electorate in his favor. More about his figure Here.
The EP candidate is cunningly trying to make the typical collection of mandates an element of a binding agreement between the two parties, forcing people to leave their signatures on an unformatted piece of paper. The main understandable and legitimate element of interaction between candidates and voters has always been personal communication, and not fake contracts. Of course, the “Cooperation Agreement” does not oblige voters to vote for Trishkina, but does the person signing the document know about this? He is mistaken and believes that he is making a supposedly real deal and has already cast his vote in advance along with the order to the candidate.
But this is just election campaigning, which is worth checking for legality. Perhaps some lawyers of the Communist Party will do this.
“No voter can be forced by anyone to announce how he intends to vote or how he voted for a candidate,” says the Convention on Standards for Democratic Elections in the CIS Member States.
Even an innocent line before an order about a person’s desire to vote for a candidate can be considered manipulation and coercion, especially with a fixed signature.