Institution for monitoring electoral procedures is used for political purposes in Russia

Institution for monitoring electoral procedures is used for political purposes in Russia

Regional and federal elections were held in Russia last Sunday. Highest officials of the regions and deputies of the State Duma in single-mandate electoral districts.

Summarizing results of elections, Igor Borisov, chairman of the board of the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law, said that Russian electoral system reached a high level of stability: "Right course for its further development has been chosen. Population in its majority supports strategic course aimed at further development of democracy in conditions of optimization of the voting process and increase of transparency."

According to Igor Borisov, it is shown by the number of citizens' appeals in the course and after elections: "Compared to 2017, there were much less complaints from citizens. But the number of fake appeals increases. Institute for monitoring electoral procedures is used for political purposes. Some people that work during elections try to use fake reports about violations for political purposes."

Borisov argues that fake appeals must be handled by civil society: "National Public Monitoring is workign on it. They reviewed all reported violations, including on social networks, various blogs, media, and confirmed whether there were any violations or not. If there were violations, then they work with relevant authorities and take measures to restore violated rights. This work is very positive and it demostrates what kind of goal we are pursuing - development of Russian electoral system."

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