Foreign experts who monitored the single election day of September 9 in seven Russian regions have recognized that the elections were carried out in compliance with international standards, said member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Alexander Klyukin at Thursday’s session of the interim commission of the Federation Council for the protection of state sovereignty and prevention of interventions into Russian domestic affairs, TASS reported.
He noted that Russia is executing all its obligations in the OSCE, in particular regarding the invitation of international observers. Klyukin reiterated that a record-breaking number of observers - 1,513 people from 115 countries - worked at the March 18 presidential election in Russia.
"There were no international observers on the single voting day of September 9, save a group of experts invited by the National Public Monitoring observer association," he said.
Experts arrived from West European countries and worked in Moscow and the Kemerovo, Vladimir, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Ulyanovsk and Moscow Regions, Klyukin said.
"All of them noted that the elections were organized in compliance with international election standards," the CEC member stressed.
More than 4,700 elections of various levels took place on the single voting day of September 9 in 80 regions of the country, with about 65 million people on the voters’ lists. Direct gubernatorial elections were held in 22 regions, in four of which (Vladimir, Khakassia, Primorsky and Khabarovsk Regions) the winner was determined in the second round. Elections of members of Legislative Assemblies were held in 16 regions, and members of City Dumas in regional centers were elected in 12 regions. Special elections to the State Duma in seven single-seat electoral districts in six regions and numerous municipal elections also took place on that day.