Kemerovo governor warned not to use administrative resources in election – Pamfilova

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MOSCOW. March 16 (Interfax) – The Russian Central Elections Commission (CEC) has sent the Kemerovo region’s governor a telegram warning him not to use administrative resource in the presidential election.

“The Kemerovo region needs monitoring. We sent a telegram to the governor today warning him that administrative resource cannot be used,” CEC Chair Ella Pamfilova said during a meeting with members of Alexei Navalny’s headquarters on Thursday.

“I believe we will also go to the prosecutors. And we need monitors there [in the Kemerovo region],” she said.

Ivan Zhdanov, a lawyer for the Navalny headquarters, said police recently seized 1,600 invitations to monitors issued on behalf of one of the presidential candidates in the Kemerovo region.

Pamfilova, for her part, promised to get to the bottom of the situation, saying the region has problems in this respect and monitors are needed there.

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