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    MOSCOW, March 10б 2004. (RIA Novosti) - On Wednesday at the All-Russia intercom conference on the readiness of the election system, Alexander Veshnyakov, the head of the Central Election Committee (CEC), said that election committees, at all levels, must strictly follow the law both during the presidential elections and while votes are being counted.

    Mr. Veshnyakov told the management of the election committees that they needed to inform the public about presidential elections, the location of polling stations and the hours of operation. He said, "such notification must be sent to each voter."

    He also said that checks of the voter lists need to be completed to ensure that each voter is only listed once.

    In his address, Mr. Veshnyakov reminded local authorities that people, who are at work on March 14, have the right to vote. "Please work with the heads of organizations and enterprises so that their employees are given the chance to vote," Mr. Veshnyakov said.

    Mr. Veshnyakov told the heads of the district election committees to strictly observe the vote counting procedure and the procedure for submitting the final copy of the election observers' protocol. According to Mr. Veshnyakov, measures to provide security for the electronic information of the election must be taken, including the installation of new anti-virus programs.

    Mr. Veshnyakov noted that the official results of the presidential elections must be available by March 25 and that the district election committees must submit their results by March 16.

    Mr. Veshnyakov said he was confident that the Russian election system will operate honestly, timely, and efficiently during the March 14 presidential elections.

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