From February 28 to March 1, 2020, members of the CEC of Russia Alexander Kinev and Sergey Sirotkin participate in international observation of the elections to the Lower House of the Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Sergey Sirotkin represents the Central Election Commission as part of the CIS observer mission, Alexander Kinev works as part of the SCO mission.
On Saturday, February 29, 2020, kick-off meetings of observer missions were held, where participants discussed the formats for the upcoming work.
On the same day, representatives of the CEC of Russia met with the chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of the Republic of Tajikistan Bakhtiyor Khudoerzoda and members of the commission. At the meeting, relevant issues of preparation and organization of voting for the upcoming elections were discussed. Alexander Kinev noted that during the meeting the parties expressed mutual satisfaction with the organization of international cooperation between the election organizers of Russia and Tajikistan.
Within the framework of the program, Alexander Kinev and Sergey Sirotkin met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Tajikistan Igor Lyakin-Frolov.
The members of the Central Election Commission of Russia also visited polling stations in the capital of Tajikistan and assessed their readiness for voting: “The organizers of the elections in Tajikistan have done serious work to prepare and organize the upcoming vote,” Sergei Sirotkin emphasized.
On Sunday, 1 March 2020, members of the CEC of Russia monitored polling stations in Dushanbe. As part of the program, they visited more than 15 polling stations.
“I consider the general calm and welcoming atmosphere to be the main distinguishing feature of the elections, there were no complaints or problems during the voting, - said Alexander Kinev. - At each polling station we were shown the entire election process in detail. There were no secrets, nothing was hidden, all questions were answered. And this is very important. This allowed us to draw conclusions about the election process.”