The elections to the lower house of the FRG parliament (Bundestag) will be monitored by only four international observers, while 245 people from 59 countries of the world observed the elections to the State Duma. This was announced on Monday, September 20, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in her Telegram channel.
She drew attention to the statement of the official representative of the European Union’s foreign policy service Peter Stano that Brussels cannot give a clear assessment of how the elections to the State Duma were held in Russia, since there were not enough observers working in the country.
Zakharova noted that in Germany, the elections to the Bundestag will be monitored by only four international observers sent by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE / ODIHR) from three member states.
“In Russia, the 2021 State Duma elections were monitored by 245 international observers from 59 countries of the world, 10 international organizations and 57 diplomats from diplomatic missions accredited in Moscow <...> And the European Union calls this“ insufficient ”! And what if you compare it with the four international observers at the elections in Germany? So what does the EU think about its members there? Will they be able to give a “clear assessment” of the elections in Germany? ”Concluded Zakharova.
Earlier that day, the head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, Ella Pamfilova, called the elections in Russia valid. According to her, there will be representatives of eight parties in the State Duma: five parliamentary and three non-parliamentary. In addition, the head of the Central Election Commission stressed that United Russia (ER) won the majority of votes, securing a constitutional majority.
On the same day, the international expert, candidate for the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany, Elena Fritz, said that the elections to the State Duma held in Russia were transparent and well-organized. According to her, right now Germany should continue the dialogue with the Russian Federation, “since these elections to the Duma are also of particular importance for us.”
On September 20, the international observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), secretary general of the Serbian People’s Party, deputy of the People’s Assembly Jovan Palalic said that the elections in the Russian Federation meet international standards, electronic voting is organized at a high level.
In 2021, elections to the State Duma were held for the first time in a new, three-day format. September 19 was the main voting day, and September 17 and 18 were additional. In seven regions of the country, it was possible to vote both online and in person at a polling station. The possibility of electronic voting was provided to residents of Moscow, Murmansk, Kursk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions, as well as Sevastopol.
Simultaneously with the elections to the State Duma on a single voting day, direct elections were held for the heads of nine Russian constituent entities (in three more regions, deputies of legislative assemblies will choose the highest administrative persons) and 39 regional parliaments.