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    200 CIS OBSERVERS TO MONITOR RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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    MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti correspondent Natalia Belova) - About 200 observers from the CIS member states will monitor the March 14th presidential elections in Russia, deputy chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Anatoly Golovaty has announced.

    "Accreditation has already been given to 134 observers from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan," he said, adding that their number would reach 200.

    "This number of observers will allow monitoring the elections in all 88 constituent members of the Federation," Golovaty explained.

    According to him, the elections will also be monitored by 130 OSCE representatives and officials of the CIS Parliamentary Assembly.

    In its activities the CIS observers' mission is guided by the laws of the country where elections are held, Golovaty emphasized. "CIS observers abide by the principles of neutrality, refuse to give assessments to political parties and candidates, and are guided by the election legislation. After monitoring they adopt statements," he reported.

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