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International observers identify no violations at Crimea’s referendum

March 16, 2014, 14:20 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
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SIMFEROPOL, March 16, 14:07 /ITAR-TASS/. The international observers monitoring Crimea’s referendum have identified no violations so far, Tadeusz Piskorski, the chief of the European observers’ mission in Crimea, has told ITAR-TASS. Piskorski, a member of the Polish parliament also noted a large turnout, adding that Crimean Tatars were very active.

“The situation has been calm so far. Our observers spotted not a single violation of the electoral legislation,” Piskorski said. The first turnout statistics were expected to be made available after 12:00 local time (14:00 Moscow time)

“The turnout in the areas populated by Crimean Tatars is high. This is very important. The representatives of the Tatar minority are participating in the referendum,” Piskorski said.

Earlier, some leaders of the Crimean Tatars, including the speaker of the Majlis, urged the Tatar community to boycott the plebiscite, which is to produce an answer to the question whether Crimea’s people wish reunification with Russia.

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