The CEC reminded the observers about the need to be impartial to the presidential candidates


MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS./ The Central election Commission of Russia calls on all observers in the presidential elections of the Russian Federation on 18 March to be impartial and friendly to treat all contestants. This was reported on Saturday a member of the CEC Alexander Kinev on the national seminar observers, organized by the Association of public observation organizations “national public monitoring”.

“The most important thing we ask from observers, is the professionalism and friendly, unbiased and professional treatment of all participants in the electoral process,” he said.

According to Cinema, the CEC hopes for a large number of observers at presidential election and sees them as allies. “It is thanks to the observers, we provide the solution of the main problem is the credibility of the elections”, – he stressed.

Chief editor of radio station “Echo of Moscow” Alexei Venediktov, head of the headquarters of the Public chamber of Moscow on supervision of the presidential elections, said in turn that the observers from different parties and candidates “should operate” at the polls. “You cannot dissolve Supervisory body for political interests, your political interests at this point, take it and shove where I might reach you” – he said.

According to Venediktov observers, regardless of party or candidate they represent, or are directed away from the Public chamber should look first and foremost for the purity of elections.

The result of observation without “political color”

Co-chair of the monitoring group of the presidential Council on civil society development and human rights (HRC) Igor Borisov agreed with Venediktov that coming to the site, “observers should forget about their ideological and party preferences”.

He recalled that this year for the first time in the presidential elections will be observers of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation and regional public chambers. The relevant amendments to the law “On elections of President of the Russian Federation” was adopted last year.

“I believe that the preparation of such depoliticising observers will give the opportunity to obtain an objective picture of what actually will happen at the polling stations,” – said Borisov. In his view, civil society is “not willing to listen to interpreters of politics, like elections,” and wants to obtain the result of observation without “political colour”.

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