Some 4.5 mln Russians may become observers in Russian elections – head of Central Election Commission

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MOSCOW. Sept 7 (Interfax) – There are no restrictions on people who want to become observers in the September 18 parliamentary elections in Russia; 4.5 million Russians can take part in the monitoring, Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Election Commission, said on Wednesday.

“Hypothetically, a total of some 4.5 million citizens can become observers, if only they want to do it,” Pamfilova said at a meeting in the Central Election Commission.

“I am encouraging all parties to make it as easy as possible for observers to participate in these elections. I want to say once again that there are no restrictions for those who want to get such status,” Pamfilova said.

“Let’s count: if every party and every one-mandate candidate have a right to appoint two monitors at every polling station, but not simultaneously, it means that from 19 to 32 observers can be permanently present at polling stations depending on the constituency and degree of competition,” Pamfilova said.