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    MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) - Alexander Veshnyakov, Chairman of Russia's Central Election Commission, is to leave for the United States on October 30 to overseeing the national presidential elections on November 2 as an international observer.

    Mr. Veshnyakov is flying over to the United States at the invitation of the international election-systems foundation. He will acquaint himself with the final stage of election reparations and their conduct, the Russian Central Election Commission's press center noted.

    Alexander Veshnyakov plans to spend a week in the United States, visiting California and Washington.

    Talking to reporters not so long ago, Mr. Veshnyakov noted that the current U.S. situation reminded that of the 2000 period.

    Each U.S. president is chosen by electors, rather than by voters all across the nation; quite possibly, he will be supported by a small majority of electors from one particular state, Mr. Veshnyakov noted.

    A scandal reminiscent of the 2000 Florida scandal may repeat itself, he said. Local votes had to be counted many times back then, Mr. Veshnyakov added. Nonetheless, U.S. authorities have done a lot to prevent old-time mistakes, he stressed.

    Among other things, many states have replaced old voting machines with electronic-sensor equipment, Mr. Veshnyakov said. The Central Election Commission's Chairman plans to closely watch that system's operation.

    Mr. Veshnyakov already oversaw the 2000 U.S. presidential elections (as an international observer). At that time, Alexander Veshnyakov had decided that the U.S. election system was far from perfect. Two-stage elections are an obvious anachronism and it's high time the United States renounced this system, Mr. Veshnyakov said in conclusion.

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