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Russia’s Central Election Commission to draft report on elections in Donbass

November 06, 2014, 0:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW

“What’s we’re interested in is exclusive a review of one or another practical experience,” Churov said

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MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Central Election Commission is going to sum up the experience gained by observers at the elections of Prime Ministers and deputies of legislatures held last Sunday in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and to draft a report on it, CEC chairman Vladimir Churov said on Wednesday as he spoke to the Russian News Service radio.

“What’s we’re interested in is exclusive a review of one or another practical experience,” Churov said. “We watch any situation where voting is held and we refrain from assessments in terms of legitimacy or illegitimacy.”

He did not specify the date of publication of the report, saying only that “it would be (published) somewhat later”.

“The observers sent there by other organizations, not by us, including international observers will return and then we’ll summarize everything they say and/or publish,” Churov said.

He said in addition to it that the CEC was summing up its conclusions on the October 26 election to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, as two workers of the CEC central staff and two experts of the CEC research council had been delegated to Ukraine to join an observer mission of the European security organization OSCE.

The contents of the reports were being finalized but still Churov mentioned two specific features of the early election to the Rada.

“The remote observation we did showed that three different assessments of the electorate’s strength varying from 30 million to 35 million people were utilized in Ukraine during the election,” Churov said.

The biggest figure reflecting the political corps of voters embraced the population of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which reunited with Russia in March, as well as the much-troubled Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine where the ‘antiterrorist operation’ conducted by the Kiev government forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave.

The semi-political assessment reflected the electorate minus Crimea and Sevastopol. The third type of assessment - the electoral one - de facto did not embrace the population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions either.

“The second phenomenon we just couldn’t help noticing was a complete failure of all the organizations that had been doing opinion research,” Churov said.

He clarified his claim by saying the results provided by sociologists differed from the final results of voting by a factor of several times.

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