MOSCOW, February 3 (Itar-Tass) — The CIS mission started monitoring Russia’s presidential election campaign on Friday.
“Today, the CIS mission starts working; 18 long-term observers have been accredited already,” the CIS’ Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev noted at a meeting with the head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission Vladimir Churov on Friday. “We believe, there will be about 40 long-term observers.”
Additionally, another 160 observers will arrive 2-3 days prior the election day (a short-term mission). The CIS mission will feature parliamentarians from the CIS member states, public leaders, and diplomats.
Churov handed in accreditation certificates to the CIS observers, who participated in the meeting. He said that the Central Elections Commission had accredited already 70 long-term and four short-term observers.
“In total, about 600 international observers or more are expected to monitor the presidential elections,” Churov said earlier, including missions from OSCE/ODIHR, PACE, CIS, SOC and other international organisations.