(Moscow) They began to arrive on Wednesday, 29 officials from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to monitor the presidential elections on March 4. Led by Dutch politician Tiny Kox, the delegation is currently in meetings with Russia’s official presidential candidates in Moscow.
The PACE delegation has joined a group of election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Moscow. The joint group will meet with election authorities in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Arkhangelsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk prior to Sunday’s voting.
There are five candidates officially registered – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin representing the United Russia party, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, nationalist Liberal Democratic LDPR party head Vladimir Zhirinovsky, A Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
The OSCE and PACE observers will jointly monitor Sunday’s national presidential and are expected to announce their election monitoring results on March 5.