Russian public observers to invite foreign experts to Moscow mayoral elections

European Union experts, including European Parliament members, will be invited by The Honest Choice public council to visit Russia on September 8

European Union experts, including European Parliament members, will be invited by The Honest Choice public council to visit Russia on September 8, when the Moscow mayor and the heads of several other regions will be elected, Russian Public Chamber member Dmitry Orlov told Interfax on Thursday.

"Negotiations are under way today. We will invite experts, such as deputies of the European Parliament, as well as national parliamentarians and known social commentators from the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia and Denmark. We will also expect guests from the CIS, but we attach great importance to EU representatives' participation," he said.

Foreign experts will be present at polling stations in the Moscow region, where gubernatorial and municipal elections will be held on September 8, he said.

"I think that we will have from five to ten people. They will all visit polling stations in the Moscow region," Orlov said.

Russian public observers are going to invite two groups of experts, primarily from the EU, to come to Russia on September 8, he said.

"These are two separate programs. We can coordinate our efforts in many ways, but we will separate these two programs. However, the same people may take part in these two programs. But election monitoring in the Moscow region is an individual program. We are working on it," he said.

Civil Control Association co-chairman Alexander Brod earlier announced plans to invite foreign experts, among them members of the European Parliament, to the upcoming elections in Moscow and other Russian regions as guests.

"Civil Control plans to arrange for a group of international experts to come [to Russia] on the unified election day. They will include deputies of the European Parliament, leading European politicians and political scientists," Brod said at a forum of public electoral observers at the Russian Public Chamber on August 13.

These international experts will visit polling stations in Moscow, as well as in the Moscow, Vladimir, Smolensk and possibly Voronezh regions, he said.

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