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Putin’s observers to be present at practically every polling station

February 27, 2012, 16:11 UTC+3
On the day of Russia’s presidential election, the 4th of March, observers of Vladimir Putin will be working at practically every of over 95,000 voting stations
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MOSCOW, February 27 (Itar-Tass) —— On the day of Russia’s presidential election, the 4th of March, observers of Vladimir Putin will be working at practically every of over 95,000 voting stations, deputy head of Putin’s election headquarters Alexei Anisimov told Itar-Tass on Monday.

He said that all the work to search and train people, who would be observing lawfulness on the election day, Putin’s headquarters had delegated to the Observers Corps – a union of students of legal departments, which had been organized by Association of Lawyers of Russia. Anisimov said that had been a decision of the coordinating council on cooperation with independent observers, which features among others the League of Voters, lawyer Igor Trunov’s organization of observers, politician Boris Nadezhdin and the Corps of Observers.

“The candidate set a task to involve social forces as much as possible,” Anisimov said.

He said that a week before the presidential election quite many volunteers gathered from across the country, and Observers Corps trained over 70,000, who would be working at voting stations, where the local population does not exceed 100,000.

Anisimov assured that even smaller settlements would not remain without observers.

“Thus, it /the Corps/ will have more volunteers,” he said.

Anisimov also added the headquarters did not have a task “to cover all 95,800 voting stations.” For example, temporary voting stations, those at military vessels and in distant villages will be “out” of observers’ reach.

Deputy head of the election headquarters stressed that the work with potential observers is based on trust.

“We have invited everybody, and the site of the Observers Corps recruited volunteers,” he said. “I believe there are people of all political colouring and affections. We even think our opponents may be there.” He added he did not rule out Yabloko activists might be watching the election on behalf of Putin, even though the “Yabloko Party had not given a positive answer at first /to the suggestion on observing/.”

Anisimov stressed that only “adequate people” would be allowed to work at voting stations. A special training course tested potential observers’ “professional skills.” Having passed this stage, many observers have started practical work at early voting in distant regions of the Extreme North, he added.

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