OSCE States Eligible to Change the Composition of Observation Groups – Russian Representative


Participating countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have the right to adjust the composition of observer missions, said on Thursday Alexander Lukachevich, permanent representative of Russia to the organization, commenting the refusal of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to observe the elections to the Russian parliament

VIENNA (UrduPoint News / Spoutnik – September 16, 2021) Participating countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have the right to adjust the composition of observer missions, said Alexander Lukashevich, permanent representative from Russia to the organization. Thursday, commenting on the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s refusal to observe the Russian parliamentary elections.

Earlier in August, the OSCE announced that it would not send its observers to Russia because Moscow asked to reduce their numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, some people in this room are unaware that participating States have every right to adjust the composition of observer missions, and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Rights human) should at least meet the established parameters. monitoring of national elections, especially in the midst of the pandemic, ”Lukachevich told the OSCE Permanent Council, responding to remarks on the issue by Margareta Cederfelt, chairperson of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The OSCE position shows “either blatant incompetence or attempts to use OSCE tools to interfere in the internal affairs of states,” he added.

Russian parliamentary elections will take place from September 17 to 19. The lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is elected for a five-year term under a mixed electoral system. 225 lawmakers are elected from party lists and another 225 from single-term constituencies in a single round.


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