MOSCOW, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Central Elections Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov pointed to agitation around the upcoming presidential election and election monitoring.
“There will be a large number of observers due to this agitation. The agitation may result in a low level of observers’ training,” he said at an intercom conference with election commission heads.
Volunteers are being recruited even online, Churov said. “We may have to explain observers how to perform their duties very attentively and mildly, with references to the law,” he said.
An expulsion of an observer from a polling station “would be an extraordinary case,” Churov said. “Each case of the sort must be supported with an administrative report. Otherwise we will call the expulsion illegal,” he noted.
Churov reminded political parties that “observers must come to a polling station before its opening, together with members of a district election commission, and leave after the final election report is inputted into the Election state automated system.”
Churov also advised election commissions’ personnel to carry photo and video cameras for recording any violations and “not to forget to make a happy collective photo when a polling station closes.”