OSCE Publishes Interim Report on Election Campaign in Russia

posted 23 Nov 2011, 10:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Nov 2011, 10:56 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 22/11/11 

· Election law 

A report on the course of the election campaign in Russia has been published on the website of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Experts of the ODIHR write about the use of administrative resources in favour of the United Russia party and register concerns about “the fairness of the electoral process”. 

On 22 November Kommersant published an article dedicated to the report. The Central Electoral Commission considers that this report is an attempt to “get round Russian law” which does not give foreigners the right to assess Russian elections. The mission of OSCE observers monitored the election campaign from 26 October until 14 November. In assessing the conditions of the elections, the OSCE’s experts point out that “independent candidacies and the formation of electoral blocs are not permitted.” They also point out: “Television is the primary source of political information. Most of the national television channels are state-owned or state-controlled.” [Read more]