MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti) – Independent Russian observers will monitor the September 18 independence referendum in Scotland remotely, Citizens Watch, a Russian human rights non-government organization, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
“We have partner organizations of compatriots there [in Scotland] that have an independent perspective. They will conduct all the monitoring and we will maintain constant contact with them,” Alexander Brod, Director of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights and co-chair of the Citizens Watch NGO said.
Brod noted that “international law gives the citizens of Scotland full opportunity to decide their own fate.”
A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18. Scots will be asked one question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
If voters back leaving the United Kingdom, Scotland could be independent on March 24, 2016.
An opinion poll published Tuesday by TNS BMRB revealed that Scottish independence supporters and opponents were evenly split. A survey released over the weekend by market-research company YouGov gave the pro-independence campaign a slight edge of two percentage points.