Chief of the PACE electoral mission Tiny Kox has pledged to include complaints voiced by the Liberal Democratic and Communist parties in his final report on Russia’s parliamentary polls.
At a meeting with Kox, head of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky suggested that a reshuffle in Russia’s electoral commissions could make the upcoming presidential elections fairer.
He added that at least 120 deputies should represent his party in parliament but only 56 received seats in the parliamentary polls.
“For the last 20 years we’ve been talking about election fraud. We are glad that people have finally realized this and taken to the streets. I hope the March 4 presidential elections will be fairer,” Zhirinovsky said.
Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov who also attended the meeting added that Russian governors should be elected directly by residents of regions rather than appointed by the Russian president.