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MOSCOW, November 15 (Itar-Tass) —— OSCE/ODIHR and CIS election observation missions have been partially accredited for monitoring of the State Duma elections, Central Elections Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov said on Tuesday.
“We have granted accreditation to about 50 long-term election observers of the OSCE/ODIHR,” he said. “In all, that mission will have about 200 observers. Short-term election observers will start their work on December 1.”
About 40 members of the CIS election observation mission have been accredited as well, Churov said. “Together with the short-term observers, who will start their work on December 1, that mission will have about 160 members,” he noted.
“Other election observation missions, among them representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have not received accreditation,” Churov said. He noted that the PACE election observation mission would have short-term monitors only.
The Central Elections Commission is also accrediting international observers invited on bilateral terms. “These are our colleagues from elections commissions of the West and the East,” he said.