Press-release: ENEMO supports OSCE/ODIHR decision not to observe Russian State Duma elections

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ENEMO supports OSCE/ODIHR decision not to observe Russian State Duma election European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations – ENEMO express its support for the decision of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) not to compromise its election observation methodology and therefore not to observe the 2 December elections to the Russian State Duma.

Press-release: ENEMO supports OSCE/ODIHR decision not to observe Russian State Duma elections

November 21, 2007

ENEMO supports OSCE/ODIHR decision not to observe Russian State Duma election European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations – ENEMO express its support for the decision of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) not to compromise its election observation methodology and therefore not to observe the 2 December elections to the Russian State Duma.

ENEMO considers the restrictions placed by the Russian authorities on OSCE/ODIHR as unacceptable and in contradiction with the OSCE commitments, international standards and election monitoring methodologies. Besides delays to issue visas for the election observation team, the unprecedented restrictions on the number of observers and on the observation period (allowing the election observation team to be deployed only one week before elections) would have made impossible any professional assessment of the elections. These obstacles have prevented the OSCE/ODIHR from the possibility to deliver its election observation mandate.

ENEMO acknowledges the high level of professionalism of OSCE/ODIHR election observation methodologies and the determination to maintain its standards. Any compromise would have affected its methodology and also future election observation missions, affecting the institutions’ mandate to assess the electoral process in the member states countries.

Furthermore, ENEMO expresses its concern about the unacceptable restriction placed by the Russian electoral law on the non-partisan election monitoring, as the non-governmental organizations, both domestic and international, are not allowed to observe the electoral process.

European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) is a group of 19 civic organizations from 17 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. These nonpartisan organizations are the leading domestic election monitoring groups in their countries. In total, ENEMO member organizations have observed 200 national elections in their countries, monitored more than 100 elections abroad, and trained over 200,000 election monitors.

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ENEMO Member Organizations: Centers for Civic Initiatives — Bosnia and Herzegovina, Center for Democratic Transition – Montenegro, Center for Free Elections and Democracy – Serbia, Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society – Kyrgyzstan, Committee of Ukrainian Voters — Ukraine; Election Monitoring Center – Azerbaijan, GONG – Croatia, ISFED – Georgia, It’s your choice – Armenia, LADOM – Moldova, MOST – Macedonia,, , Pro Democracy Association – Romania, Republican Network of Independent Monitors – Kazakhstan, GOLOS – Russia, Obcianske Oko – Slovakia, Partnership — Belarus, Society for Democratic Culture – Albania, The Monitoring Center – Montenegro, Viasna – Belarus.