10 Sep 2018 15:20

Observers monitor all polling stations at Moscow mayoral elections

MOSCOW. Sept 10 (Interfax) - The public monitoring headquarters of the Moscow mayoral elections has sent its observers to all polling stations.

"A total of 97.5% of observers from the Public Chamber came to polling stations by 8 a.m. [on September 9], Moscow Public Chamber observers have closed at 2 p.m. all of the district election committees in Moscow. This is a record figure, which was never been set by anyone, 100% of polling stations were first closed by one organization," the deputy chief of the public monitoring headquarters of the Moscow mayoral elections and the Moscow City Duma chairman, Alexei Shaposhnikov, said at a press conference on Monday.

Not a single petition about violations, which have been filed with the public monitoring headquarters, was confirmed, he said.

"In the course of the day we faced two fake videos. On one of them the time code, the number of a polling station, and an election district were counterfeited, and everything was proceeding in the online mode. Only when you put it on the screen, you understand that it is a fake. What is more, chairman of the Golos movement Grigory Melkonyants, when he saw it, he said that this video was recorded back at the presidential elections in March," Shaposhnikov said.

He also reported the parallel vote count, which was first undertaken in the public monitoring headquarters of the Moscow mayoral elections.

"We first could undertake the parallel vote count and receive the information earlier than the Moscow City Elections Commission. As long as district election committees issued a protocol, our observers have photographed it and have sent to us. We have combined protocols in the common system and have received first results already by 11:30 p.m. Our results will eventually duplicate those, which are put on the official agenda," Shaposhnikov said.