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High Commissioner: Discredit of elections must not be allowed to happen

29 July 2015
High Commissioner: Discredit of elections must not be allowed to happen

On 29 July, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova requested the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Central Election Commission of Russia to investigate the grounds on which some political associations had been denied registration required for participation in the elections in Novosibirsk Region and some others.

The facts that the Election Commission of Novosibirsk Region refused to register the political and public associations due to nullity of some voters’ signatures collected in support of a coalition on the basis of the PARNAS party, the Communists of Russia, the Communist Party of Social Justice, the People’s Alliance, the Motherland, the Russian Ecological Party ‘the Greens’, and the party For Women of Russia, sparked public interest. In Kurgan Region, the list of the Communists of Russia party and the Party of National Security of Russia were denied registration.

The officials claim the decision was made because of the errors committed by the relevant bodies when digitising the signatures and checking them against an outdated database of the regional directorate of the Federal Migration Service of Russia.

"The provided facts make it possible to request…to inspect the legitimacy of the refusal to register the above public associations," Ms Pamfilova says in her official letters to the Prosecutor General of Russia, Yury Chayka, and the Chairman of the CEC of Russia, Vladimir Churov.

The elections to state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and local self-government bodies are to take place on the Single Election Day, 13 September 2015.

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