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MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) — The head of the presidential council for the development of civil society and human rights, Mikhail Fedotov, stressed on Wednesday that transparency must become “the main symbol” of the upcoming presidential election.
“It is important to have cleanliness of a surgery at this election, transparent ballot boxes not at one third of polling stations, but at all. Transparency must become the main symbol of the upcoming election,” Fedotov stressed at a news conference.
He reminded reporters that on December 23 the council set up a working group on election rights. This group has urged the Central Election Commission “to assume special control over the abidance of all candidates and their allies” by norms of Article 41 of the Law on the Election of President of the Russian Federation.
This article forbids candidates to use advantages of their official capacity during the election campaign. Besides, the group recommends the Central Election Commission to explain to members of election commissions that the opening of polling boxes and the counting of votes must proceed only at the site where video control is ensured, while the protocol of the election commission must be presented before the cameras.