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Public Agreement authors to draft coordinated text by end of day

February 20, 2012, 23:19 UTC+3

The text of the agreement may become available before the end of Monday

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MOSCOW, February 20 (Itar-Tass) —— Film director Stanislav Govorukhin, who heads Putin’s election headquarters, said consensus among all candidates is needed for signing the public agreement.

“Our presidential candidate is ready to sign an agreement that satisfies all candidates – Zyuganov, Zhirinovsky, Mironov and Prokhorov,” he said on Monday, February 20. “But there is nothing to discuss so far as the opponents did not even show up for the meeting,” he added.

“We cannot reconcile these two drafts to make one because this will require the participation of all candidates or other representatives,” Govorukhin said.

He urged the candidates to draft their own agreements and “then work on all five of them and try to combine them into one”.

Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu, who proposed the public agreement, urged the candidates to sign the agreement and suggested drafting a single document that will satisfy everyone.

“I am not a specialist in debate or such documents, but it is necessary to come to a common denominator and make one big common document and give it out to mass media,” the minister, who is United Russia’s electioneering agent at the election, said.

He believes it is necessary to make everything in order to “guarantee the cleanness of the election”, but “this document does not replace and cannot replace the election commission or the law. This document shows that we all will continue watch the cleanness and fairness of the election,” Shoigu said.

Sergei Kurginyan said the authors of the draft agreement are ready to accept “all amendments proposed by Mr [Leonid] Parfyonov and his group [League of Voters] that are reasonable. We have read Parfyonov’s Memorandum and see nothing bad in it. But we ask [them] to sign a real agreement before the election begins. Too much depends on this signing,” he said.

The text of the agreement may become available before the end of Monday.

“Work is underway on a joint document. We need as an address of civil society to all those who can make elections fair. I hope that we will finish this work today,” Channel One host Alexander Gordon said.

“I think that we will have the text agreed among us, three civil communities, today. The main point is how the presidential candidates and the authorities will react,” League of Voters co-founder Dmitry Ivanov said.

Ivanov believes that “failure to sign the document [by other candidates] will deliver an unsolicited blow to their reputation”.

Gordon compared the signing of the agreement with a litmus test. “We apply a litmus test and we will see who want fair elections and who don’t,” he said.


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