Sun | Apr 30, 2017

Those weren't presidential elections

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Galina Shalygina, 85, prepares to cast her ballot in the village of Seltso, 218 miles northeast of Moscow, Russia, Sunday. Voters cast ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors. The elections are being seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s vote for a national parliament.

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I would like to bring to your attention the fact that the publication on Page A12 (International News) in The Gleaner was apparently a little bit out of date.

On September 13, 2015, elections in Russia really did take place, but they were not presidential elections. which will follow, as generally known, in 2018.

The electoral event in Russia was the so-called annual single voting day - by which citizens have had to give their vote mostly to candidates for the post of the chiefs of some regional administrations. As emphasised by the participants of the election campaign and the experts, the single voting day was a dress rehearsal before the elections to the State Duma in 2016.

All the elections and their results confirm that the voting procedures were held in an atmosphere of competitiveness, transparency, legitimacy and according to democratic process.

I hope that these remarks will be helpful for appropriate information of your readers.

SERGEY TARASOV

Deputy Head of Mission

Embassy of the Russian Federation