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    RUSSIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER WARNED AGAINST ADMINISTRATIVE EXTREMES IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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    MOSCOW, March 10, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- Deputy head of the new government of Russia Alexander Zhukov stated inadmissibility of "administrative extremes" in holding the presidential election in Russia on March 14. He warned the local bodies of power of this, speaking today at the All-Russia intercom conference on the electoral system's readiness for the election.

    Zhukov said, in particular, that in Khabarovsk - a big city in Russia's Far East, they hospitalize patients only if the latter have an absentee ballot - a document giving a Russian voter the right to vote not at his polling station but at any other.

    The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that "such examples only discredit the authorities and are inadmissible." He called upon the local high-ranking officials to promptly do away with all violations of this kind.

    Alexander Zhukov also drew attention of top police officers to the necessity "to thoroughly guard" the premises of the constituency and territorial election commissions. Furthermore, police must ensure the protection of the election commissions members, who will carry the final protocols, the deputy chairman of the government stressed.

    More than 100,000 people - the heads and members of the election commissions of all levels, and representatives of the regions' executive power and of the local self-government bodies participated in the intercom conference on the Russian electoral system's readiness for the presidential election conducted by chairman of the Central Elections Commission Alexander Veshnyakov.

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