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Record number of observers expected to watch Duma elections

December 01, 2011, 13:28 UTC+3

The elections to the State Duma of the sixth convocation will be held on December 4

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The opposition intends to gather at upcoming election December 4 elections a record number of observers who will compete with the official controllers and the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi (Ours). The Communist Party (CPRF) will send to the polls more than two hundred thousand people. And more than 400 thousand people from the United Russia party will monitor the voting across the country.

The largest number of observers this Sunday will be from the CPRF - 264 thousand people throughout Russia, writes RBC Daily. “We now train people to observe. We have bought video cameras - about 800 pieces, in addition, there is a memorandum on joint monitoring with the Just (Fair) Russia party and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR),” member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Valery Rashkin said. Just Russia has ambitious observation plans. The head of the party’s Moscow branch, Alexander Ageyev said that on December 4, a total of 7,794 delegates of the party, including with the status of observers, will control the election procedure. The Yabloko party has gathered 4,000 observers under its colours.

“Observers can make video records of violations during the vote, without violating its secrecy, and also during the vote counting,” Chairman of the Interregional Association of Voters Andrei Buzin told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He recommended to carefully observe the vote counting, because it is often made so quickly that observers do not have the time to understand anything.

There have been amusing incidents with elections monitoring. Yabloko members told the publication about a woman who noticed ballot stuffing and after the vote counting lay down on the table with ballots trying to call the police. Another observer, who caught the election commission members in the act of falsifying protocols, locked them up in their office. The locked commission members could not call the police, because in their own words, “were sitting on the ballots.” Both managed to avoid falsifications at the polling stations by scandal.

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