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    The Russian election observation mission in Scotland says that the work of the polling offices during the Scottish independence referendum is not entirely transparent.

    EDINBURGH, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian election observation mission in Scotland says that the work of the polling offices during the Scottish independence referendum is not entirely transparent.

    "We have not seen complete transparency in the work of the polling offices," said Igor Borisov, the head of the Russian observation mission in Scotland.

    "First of all, it has been unusually decided to prohibit the use of video and photo equipment not only during the process of voting but in the building in general. The organizers of the referendum are very strict about this rule," he said, adding that any cameras are being forbidden at the entrance, despite the observation mission having official authorization.

    Borisov also pointed out claims from the opposing sides that the results of the vote will not be revised under any circumstance, whereas there may be a situation where a revision would be necessary.

    "We are puzzled by continued claims from politicians … that there will be no revision of the vote results. It undermines the fundamental principles of a vote. We are talking about the accuracy and truthfulness of the results," the head of the mission said.

    In general, Borisov positively evaluated the process of voting, noting the organizers' aim for honest results.

    The Russian observation mission arrived in Edinburgh yesterday evening, comprising four specialists to monitor the Scottish independence referendum. Russian representatives will also monitor the vote count.

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