On 9 August, High Commissioner for Huma Rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova arrived to the Republic of Tatarstan with an official visit.
On the first day of the visit the High Commissioner met with members of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Tatarstan. Tatiana Moskalkova took part in a video conference with local election commissions. The participants in the meeting agreed to cooperate and coordinate their efforts to protect rights of citizens during the 2016 election campaign and discussed acute issues of preparation to the upcoming elections.
The High Commissioner said that all candidates should be given equal opportunities, including in the period of the election campaign. "Candidates should work for people; these are their programmes that should compete. Every one of them should have equal opportunities to meet with people, and we must monitor that the election campaign products correspond to the law requirements," said Tatiana Moskalkova.
It is important to ensure that the voting procedure is transparent; in particular, video recording, transparent ballot boxes, ballot paper processing system should be used. In addition, rapid response line should be arranged on the voting day, so that electors could urgently contact prosecutors and police in case of a conflict, the High Commissioner underlined.
Concluding the video conference, Tatiana Moskalkova expressed her confidence that the elections in the Republic of Tatarstan would be held peacefully, democratically, and the will of the people would be completely taken into account.
The meeting conducted was not the first joint event of the High Commissioner and regional election commissions. On 13 July, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation signed an agreement on cooperation in the period of the election and referendum campaigns. The main objective of the agreement is to ensure the highest possible transparency of the election process. The same agreements between regional election commissions and commissioners for human rights have been signed in more than half of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and several are to be signed in the near future in a number of regions.
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