MOSCOW, October 30. The CEC head Vladimir Churov has proposed to undertake a financial audit of the Bureau for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE to effectively figure out whether the organization is spending money on international election observation.
“To offer an independent financial audit of outdoor ODIHR with the participation of representatives of audit chambers of the countries-members of OSCE. To hold it until the end of this year or in the first half of next year,” he said at a parliamentary hearing on the international observation of elections in Council of Federation.
The supervisor suggested that this initiative recommendations to be adopted by results of parliamentary hearings.
According to the head of the CEC, the work of the OSCE / ODIHR raises a lot of questions and complaints, but it is “the only professional organization” engaged in election observation. “With all that we are criticized for excessive politicization,” he added.
The supervisor explained that the effectiveness of the ODIHR due to annual funding. This year the budget of the organization, said the head of the CEC, amounted to €16 million.
“They have a plan, this plan allocated €16 million, the question Arises, how efficiently these funds are spent”, – said Chairman of the Central election Commission.
He suggested that “most observers for show arrive in this mission”.
The supervisor also paid attention to personnel ODIHR. “There are disproportionately represented in different groups of countries. Underdeveloped countries, in their terminology, presented in insufficient quantity, country pererasti represented in the majority. The procedure of personnel selection transparently,” he said.
International election observation must be cleaned of policy and translate on the professional track, amounting to a set of strict rules, according to the Chairman of the CEC of Russia.
“It seems to me that the main issue is the depoliticization of the institution of international observation and its transfer to professional rails”, he said today at the parliamentary hearings on international monitoring on elections to the Federation Council.
According to Churov, “you can and should talk about creating a set of strict rules of the international observation of the elections”.
“Otherwise blurred the fine line between respect for democratic norms and interference in the Affairs of a sovereign state,” he explained.
According to Churov, in the international observation of elections dominates politics. “The political component is around 90% of the tasks set before the institutions of the international monitoring of all parties. 90% politics, 10% is the exchange of experience,” he said.
The supervisor believes that international organizations should develop remote observation.
“Remote monitoring of financial much more effective, especially in countries with an advanced information infrastructure,” he said today at the parliamentary hearings on international monitoring on elections to the Federation Council.
The supervisor noted that the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE “as the devil from Holy water” runs from the procedure for remote follow-up. “We give them everything for free, tell them how it is done”, he added.
The CEC head stressed that remote surveillance is “worth a penny” but “gives the complete picture”. “The development of information technologies if they do not interfere with U.S. intelligence services, allows you to present a full picture of the situation”, – he concluded.