NOVO-OGARYOVO, September 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the recent elections in Russia were held in a highly competitive atmosphere, while observers registered a lower number of complaints than last year.
"I note that the elections were held in high competition, a very broad spectrum of parties and candidates was represented, while the Central Election Commission and public observers registered a lower number of complaints and violations than in last year’s elections," he said Thursday at a meeting with elected heads of regions.
Putin congratulated the elected governors and emphasized that the trust people had vested in them is above all a huge responsibility for the work that lies ahead. He shed light on the fact that there are those among the meeting’s participants who already had experience in heading regions in addition to the first-timers. "I suppose that everyone has the same attitude - to work - to toil giving their 100%, as they say, to work with maximum devotion and achieve results, real and tangible results for residents of the region that you lead. To serve the people, the country, and Russia," the president highlighted.