The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has no universal method for evaluating elections, believes the president of the All-Russia Public Institute for Election Law,Igor Borisov.
The ODIHR wants to send to Russia 60 observers for the pre-election period and 200 observers on a short-term mission to monitor the course of the election on December 4. The Central Election Commission says the figures are excessive.
ODIHR director Janez Lenarcic had earlier insisted on sending 450 representatives for the short mission. Today, the figure is less than half the size, but Russia wants it to be reduced even more.
“It’s a political question. The figure mentioned by Mr Lenarcic has no methodological justification behind it,” Borisov said. He added that in the absence of an appropriate method, neither 450, nor 250 nor 100 observers can objectively evaluate the election. At the same time, Igor Borisov hopes that a solution will be found.
Full Article: ‘OSCE biased in assessing elections’ — RT.