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Russia complies with OSCE guidelines on video monitoring of presidential vote

December 20, 2017, 14:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW

One of the guidelines suggested that video surveillance should not be used instead of actual observers

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. The Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation has carried out practically all the recommendations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on video surveillance of the upcoming nationwide presidential election, the CEC head Ella Pamfilova said on Wednesday.

"We have complied with practically all the suggested OSCE guidelines on video monitoring," she said at the CEC meeting.

Pamfilova however noted that the recommendations were largely hypothetical, as Europe does not have extensive experience of video monitoring at elections.

According to Pamfilova, one of the guidelines suggested that video surveillance should not be used instead of actual observers.

"The more actual inspectors on the ground there are, the more order there will be. And this [video observation] comes only as a supplement, as some help," she noted.

The CEC head urged experts to come to polling stations to work as real observers and not act like "idle inspectors who have nothing to do" but "sit and stare into the distance, and pick their noses." "This is not a movie theater but a serious job," she stressed.

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