On 13 September 2020, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova opened the Information center with a message about the progress of remote electronic voting in the Kursk and Yaroslavl regions.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia said that the number of observers who were actually present at polling stations totaled 205,670.
"150,660 observers and 55,010 members of election commissions with the right of advisory vote, who have all the rights of observers, are people who came to the polling stations and really observed," said Ella Pamfilova. "This is fundamentally important for us. People come and vote as they see fit. To ensure the cleanliness of this procedure, observers and video surveillance are needed. Then no one questions the validity of the vote."
Ella Pamfilova thanked all concerned citizens who identified the shortcomings of the electoral process and promptly informed the election commissions. "This helped to quickly correct the situation, preventing violations," said the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.
The Information center discussed the electoral experience of the CIS member states. The conversation was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation Yermek Kosherbayev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Russian Federation Alikbek Dzhekshenkulov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Russian Federation Imomuddin Sattorov.
"There is no doubt that the CEC of Russia has done a great job in preparing for these elections, and comfortable conditions have been created for voters in terms of the time and format of voting," said Yermek Kosherbayev. It ensures transparency, secrecy of voting, and minimizes outside interference. This is a time requirement."
Ella Pamfilova noted the long-standing partnership between the CEC of Russia and the CECs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. "We are studying each other's experience very carefully and, of course, we will continue our interaction," she said.
Nikolay Levichev, a member of the CEC of Russia, recalled that the commissions of the countries interact not only at the level of bilateral partnerships, but also at various international platforms.
"In the mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, we always try to resist the policy of double standards. Naturally, we cooperate as part of the CIS missions, and we also represent the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which has recently become more active in the electoral field, developing its approaches and methodology based on the experience of our countries. All four election commissions of our countries are also present in the Association of Asian Electoral Authorities. The cooperation is multi-sided, fruitful and capable of development," said Nikolay Levichev.