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South Ossetia police put on alert ahead of presidential elections

November 11, 2011, 16:23 UTC+3

Some 1,200 policemen will ensure security at the elections

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TSKHINVAL, November 11 (Itar-Tass) — The South Ossetian police were put on alert ahead of the presidential elections, all polling stations were put under guard, South Ossetian public security police chief Gennady Laliyev told reporters on Friday.

“Some 1,200 policemen will ensure security at the elections,” he said. “All policemen are put on high alert on the election day on November 13,” he said.

“All polling stations passed an engineering inspection, the polling stations and adjacent areas were put under guard,” Laliyev said. Some 13 policemen will be on duty at each polling station, he said.

Additional police patrols and patrol cars will be placed on the Tskhinval streets on the election day. “There are some forces on standby, they will be put into action in case of any emergency situations,” Laliyev said.

“All illegal actions will be curbed toughly, all will be done so that South Ossetian citizens could vote calmly,” the police chief said.

Laliyev added that an emergency response staff will act during the elections with all republican law enforcement agencies involved. All border checkpoints were reinforced.

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