JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia is throwing out suspicious gubernatorial election results in Primorsky Krai” – Meduza

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“Russia’s Central Election Commission is urging regional election officials in the Primorsky Krai to invalidate the results of last Sunday’s runoff gubernatorial election. Commissioner Ella Pamfilova justified the recommendation on the grounds that it is impossible to determine the race’s outcome reliably because of significant violations at multiple polling stations. … the commission’s ‘recommendation’ is more like a direct order, given that federal officials also say they will invalidate Primorye’s results themselves, if regional officials refuse to do so. Officials in Primorye have promised to reach a decision by Thursday, September 20. … Some in Moscow hold Primorye’s election officials responsible for the gubernatorial fiasco. Central Election Commission member Boris Ebzeev … [said] he has doubts about the ‘competency’ of election officials in Primorye. ‘We’re talking about systematic, well planned violations that led to the result …’ … Pamfilova …says she doesn’t endorse this assessment, and has thanked Primorye’s regional commission for its prompt cooperation with her agency ….”

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