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MOSCOW, September 20 (Itar-Tass) —Representatives of the five political parties - the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Just Russia, Yabloko and Patriots of Russia - on Tuesday signed a memorandum of coordination of activities in the organisation of monitoring the election to the Sate Duma on December 4. Thus, the party members will oppose the possible attempts to falsify the election results. However, the previous joint efforts had no particular effect.
According to the signed memorandum, the parties promised to train observers and even to issue special guiding materials. “We have the practice of collective training - seminars for observers,” Moskovsky Komsomolets writes. “It’s not expensive. Not everything is measured in money,” said first deputy head of the Yabloko party’s inter-district department Galina Mikhaleva. But as for the money, those who gathered gave no answer to the question where to take it.
Election observers are needed just at the polling stations so that on the election day to get copies of the primary protocols of district election commissions, which are the only proof or disproof of falsifications, Kommersant notes. First Secretary of the Moscow branch of the CPRF Valery Rashkin said that observers from political parties would be controlling the entire process from opening the ballot boxes to counting the vote, each party will send “at least five observers.” Galina Mikhaleva said that the party is recruiting monitors on the Internet, in particular, through social networks. The memorandum on the joint observation of the elections on December 4, 2011 will be signed by the opposition parties in more than half of the subjects of the Russian Federation.
Parties have already signed such memorandums before, prior to the elections to previous State Dumas, Novye Izvestiya recalls. But this was not of much benefit. “Proceeding from the real situation, it will make it possible by joint efforts to close about half of the polling stations throughout the country, maybe a little bit more,” Secretary of the CPRF Central Committee Vadim Solovyov told the publication. “Most parties have branched structures only in regional capitals and major cities. And in small towns and villages they have no such structures.” According to Solovyov, party members in each region will sign a local memorandum, because people on site are better aware of the situation and correctly assess the possibilities of that of other political organisation.