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31 criminal cases opened over Russian election violations

January 25, 2012, 13:36 UTC+3
As many as 278 statements were forwarded to courts
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MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) — Deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission /CEC/ Stanislav Vavilov said 31 criminal cases have been opened over violations during the parliamentary election in December 2011. Vavilov said so at the presentation of the Green Book which generalized the data about complaints and violations.

As many as 278 statements were forwarded to courts. "As of January 20, courts granted 803 statements, and turned down 539. Applicant parties revoked 61 statements,” the CEC official said.

"As for the demands that the election results be annulled in this or that district, applicant parties submitted 187 such statements. Of those, 39 have been reviewed, and just two have been granted. Another 148 cases are still under review," according to Vavilov.

He underlined that the criminal cases and complaints concern not only election commissions of various levels, but also other participants in the election process. Representatives of political parties appear in 31 criminal cases.

"There have always been complaints, always will be; they are part and parcel of any election campaign," Vavilov said underlining that the latest parliamentary election campaign had been particularly emotional.

It widely used slander, with the aim to claim election fraud. The truth must be based on objective information, Vavilov said, "calling for "detailing objective information about violations calmly, without hysteria or paying attention to the noise around the Central Election Commission."

Vavilov also informed that a total of 1,686 statements or complaints were sent to the CEC during the election campaign. Of those, CEC confirmed that 195 of them /11.5 percent/ were true.

"By the results of the elections to the State Duma in 2007, the number of confirmed complaints also reached around 11 percent," the deputy CEC secretary said.

 

 

 

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