250 observers from 55 countries expected at Russia’s state Duma vote – Commission

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At least 250 international observers from 55 countries and 10 international organisations are expected to witness the upcoming elections to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament (the State Duma), according to the Central Election Commission.

The commission’s chairwoman, Ella Pamfilova disclosed this on Wednesday.

Elections to the State Duma would take place from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19.

The State Duma is being elected every five years under a mixed electoral system which includes the election of 225 representatives from party lists and another 225 from single-mandate constituencies.

“We will receive representatives of 55 countries and 10 international organisations, 34 national parliaments, and 36 national election bodies.

“I want to stress that they all have the status of international observers.

“These are not just experts. At the moment, there are 249 international observers, but there will be 250 for sure,’’ Pamfilova told the election commission.