Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Objected To International Election Monitoring

Posted by Info on 15/09/2011

OSCE election observers said the 2003 parliamentary vote was rigged in favor of Mr. Putin’s United Russia party. In 2007, the OSCE was authorized to send a reduced delegation of 70 observers but eventually called off the monitoring mission, saying Russia had refused to issue their visas on time.

This year there are expected 500 international observers from groups other than the OSCE, including some from former Soviet republics with authoritarian regimes. In addition, several Kremlin-backed Russian civic groups plan to monitor the parliamentary and presidential elections.

Independent analysts, Western diplomats and Russian opposition leaders predict that both coming elections will be rife with violations to ensure commanding victories for the Kremlin. Kremlin and party officials say they are confident of winning a fair vote.

Now Russia objected to an international election-monitoring body’s proposal to send 260 observers for parliamentary elections in December 2011, underscoring tension with the West about the state of democracy here.
Russia’s top election official, Vladimir Churov, said on Wednesday that 260 observers is too many, but declined at a news conference to say how many would be allowed.


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