MOSCOW, September 16. /ITAR-TASS/. A total of some 58,500 observers were monitoring all-Russian elections for administrative posts at all regional and municipal levels held on Sunday, September 14, Vladimir Churov, the chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission, said on Tuesday.
“A total of 58,500 observers were registered, with 29,500 of them from candidates and 29,000 from 23 political parties,” Churov said.
According to him, over 8,300 observers monitored mayoral elections. "Such number of observers speaks for the preparedness of the candidates for the elections,” Churov noted.
Churov also said that 144 observers were dismissed from the process of the elections monitoring due to various reasons, but did not state the nature of dismissals.
Elections on September 14 took place in 84 of Russia’s 85 regions: 30 regions elected governors and 14 legislative assemblies.
Central Electoral Commission Deputy Chairman Leonid Ivlev said earlier that 63 of 69 eligible political parties and 111,000 candidates took part in the elections.
Although these were regional elections, they had assumed truly federal dimensions and covered over 80 regions where people elected 30 governors, 680 regional parliament members, three mayors, and more than 41,000 municipal deputies. With 63 parties and 111 candidates competing, about 75 million people came to the polling stations.
A total of 207 candidates sought governorship in 30 regions but only 136 of them could pass the “municipal filter”. The candidates represented 24 parties.