MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. More than 125,200 observers were monitoring the voting process during elections, including about 49,700 observers designated by political parties and public associations, head of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova said at a commission’s meeting on the results of the single voting day on Monday.
"According to information received from regional election commissions, at polls, at territorial and district election commissions, over 125,200 observers were present during voting days," she said, adding that around 49,700 observers were appointed by political parties and public associations.
According to CEC chief, 36,300 observers were designated by the candidates while 39,000 were appointed by regional public chambers.
Only five observers were removed from the polling stations, including two from the candidates nominated by the Communist Party and three representing the Communist Party, Pamfilova said. "The relevant decisions on expelling the observers were made through legal action in two regions - the Udmurt Republic and the Saratov Region. The causes for expulsions were obstructing the work of election commissions and violating the rules of photo and video recording," she noted.