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OSCE observers told about the violations during the elections in Russia

Наблюдатели ОБСЕ рассказали о нарушениях во время выборов в РоссииObservers concluded at the last elections.

OSCE observers made a conclusion, according to which presidential elections lacked transparency.

“In General, the process of handling complaints during the presidential election lacked transparency,” says the report of the international mission of OSCE observers at elections in Russia, announced on Monday.

“From the large number of applications the CEC has classified as complaints 420, but considered and published only two. The CEC informed the ODIHR that has considered the remaining complaints beyond its competences, as they mainly related to the misuse of administrative resources. They were sent to other state bodies”, – the authors of the report.

“Over 160 complaints were sent to election commissions of subjects (Russian Federation), they mainly dealt with election materials, including the distribution of leaflets with calls to boycott the elections. Election commissions of subjects (the Russian Federation) issued a restrictive decree, according to which the distribution of such materials contrary to the law”, – stated in the document.

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“Despite the violations related to secret voting and procedural flaws, in General the election day was carried out properly”, said the observers.

The coordinator of special short-term mission of the OSCE Michael Georg link said that the absence of one of the candidates during the debates resulted in the lack of equal conditions during the election campaign of other candidates for the post of President of the Russian Federation.

“We watched many selections and noticed that there was no such campaign where the candidates would go through the same debates, interviews and television shows,” said M. link at a press conference on Monday.

According to him, the presidential race was “clearly the current leader,” but he did not participate in the debate and “they (the candidates) was not equal conditions”.

In turn, head of mission OSCE / ODIHR election observation Russian President, Jan Peterson added that “there is no doubt that the opportunities for debate, but one candidate did not participate in them”.

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“We can’t unite election campaign and routine political life. Can we call such conditions are equal?” – said J. Peterson.

City link also noted that “remains the restrictions of the fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech and expression of will”.

“The incumbent President received the largest amount of broadcast time”, – said M. Linc.

He added that despite the decline in the number of necessary signatures to register for participation in the elections, the candidates 17 people were rejected by the CEC. “Six of them contested it, but it was unsuccessful. Such restrictions are inconsistent with international standards”, – said M. link, explaining that it limits competition.

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In turn, registered candidates, according to M. Link, “expressed confidence in the victory of the incumbent candidate, since the election, there is no competition”.

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