NORDEM Election Observers to Russia
NORDEM have sent three long-term observers and five short-term observers to the 2016 legislative elections.
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Following an official invitation from the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the OSCE, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the September 18th State Duma elections.
In its Needs Assessment Report OSCE/ODIHR conclude that many of their interlocutors saw observation activity as “a means to enhance confidence in the electoral process". Many of the interlocutors stressed the need to deploy an election observation mission with a long-term and regional presence to cover all aspects of the process, including different levels of election administration. Starting Wednesday August 17th, 64 long-term observers will be deployed throughout the country, and the OSCE/ODIHR aim to deploy 420 short-term observers between the 15th and the 16th of September.
The observers will be observing campaign activities and monitor candidate registration and the work of the election administration and relevant governmental bodies. They will also be monitoring election-related legislation and its implementation, the media environment, and the resolution of election-related disputes.
The observations will result in a preliminary statement which will be published shortly after the elections and followed later by a more detailed report with a list of recommendations.