International election observers get down to business
“I ask you to make an objective assessment of the media and their contribution to the election campaign, as well as their attitude to all the five registered candidates and the opportunities to speak out and render their position,” CEC head Vladimir Churov said during a news conference.In addition to the advance party, another 160 observers will arrive two or three days prior to polling day. This extended group will include parliamentarians from the CIS member states, public leaders and diplomats. Overall, 600 international observers are expected to monitor the Russian presidential election. Apart from the CIS mission, there will be observers from OSCE/ODIHR, PACE and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.