VESHNYAKOV: ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE ROLE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS SHOULD NOT BE OVERESTIMATED

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MOSCOW, March 24, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The head of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation, Alexander Veshnyakov, is not inclined to overestimate the role of an administrative resource in the recent presidential elections.

"Let us not overestimate an administrative resource and its influence on the results of the elections," the CEC Chairman said, answering the questions of the Izvestia newspaper's readers on Wednesday.

In this connection he adduced the examples of the results of the gubernatorial elections in a number of Russian regions which took place simultaneously with the presidential elections on March 14. "The second tour of voting will have to be held in four regions," underscored Alexander Veshnyakov.

"If people do not trust the authority, no administrative resource will help," the Russian CEC head is confident.

"Very often our politicians and parties cannot lose elections with dignity, and for this reason they try to shift their failures on somebody else," underscored Alexander Veshnyakov and cited the example of the unfounded criticism addressed to the Central Election Commission on the part of the Communist party.

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