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ULAN-BATOR, June 27 (Itar-Tass) The presidential election in Mongolia held within one round is valid, Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Vladimir Churov told Russian journalists on Thursday. Churov headed a delegation of Russian observes to the Mongolian election.
"Judging by the level of the organization of the election Mongolia has advanced to the avant-garde positions," Churov said, adding that "in France and Germany the organization of the election was not as accurate as in Mongolia."
“Our colleagues from the Mongolian election commission made tremendous efforts to ensure that the voting was calm, well organized and accurate," Churov said.
"As the observers we found no violations; everything conformed to the generally acknowledged election procedure," Churov said. His only recommendation was that voters should put ballot papers into the electronic scanners at polling stations with the face of a ballot paper down, the way they do it in Russia.
"The turnout in the election was absolutely realistic," Churov said. People arrived at the polling stations in different vehicles - cars, bicycles and motorcycles. Someone even came on horseback," he said.
A mission of OSCE observers worked in Mongolia during the presidential election. Representatives of 34 countries, including Russia, the United States, Sweden, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, France, Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland were registered and received observer mandates to monitor the election in Mongolia.
Mongolians were casting ballots in the country's presidential election on Wednesday. Harvard-educated incumbent president Elbegdorj Tsakhia held a strong lead in election.
Vodka sales were banned in the capital of Ulan Bator to head off possible election violence.