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CEC assures rights of observers, foreign agent media not infringed upon at upcoming vote

Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as Single Voting Day

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Chairperson of Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova has said that the rights of members of organizations and media outlets that are foreign agents are not infringed upon during their work at the elections.

"There is a lot of speculation about foreign agents, both the media and the observer community. I heard some narratives < …> some time ago, and I was amazed how everything could be distorted. There are no dissimilarities, nor infringements of their rights," she said at the committee’s meeting on Wednesday.

According to Pamfilova, specialists from foreign agent organizations could participate in the training of observers in their private capacity.

"However, they haven’t taken part [in that]. I haven’t seen a single member of that group anywhere. They can act as observers from any party or candidate or come to the Civic Chamber. The same applies to foreign agent media outlets. No one has refused accreditation, you have the right to cover [the elections], don’t you? Yes, you do. Thus, there are no infringements against you on the issue," she stressed.

Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as Single Voting Day. The balloting process will span across 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.