MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Head of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova said that more than 413,000 observers are believed to be taking part in the September elections.
"That’s what we have now in terms of observers. We currently have 413,616 of them. I underline that this is preliminary data so far, we are still processing it," she said at the CEC meeting on Wednesday.
According to her, candidates in single-mandate constituencies fielded more than 68,000 observers, parties trained more than 253,000 people, voting associations have 177,000 people to monitor the vote, and public control offices prepared around 100,000 observers. Overall, 16 parties presented observer lists, she clarified.
Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as the Single Voting Day. The balloting process will span three days — September 17, 18, and 19. In addition to the State Duma elections, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for the heads of nine Russian regions (in another three regions, local legislatures will elect top executive officials) and in elections for 39 regional parliaments.