Russian party claims vote rigging in southern Russia

Dagestan, 12 March, Caucasus Times: The leaders of the regional branch of the Patriots of Russia Party maintain that there has been mass ballot-rigging, Nargiz Mukailova, a proxy of the party’s campaign headquarters, has told The Caucasus Times.

“We have protocols with data from 13 districts of Dagestan. But the electoral commission protocols posted on the website of the Central Electoral Commission reduced the number of votes cast for our party by almost 29,000,” she said.

“We analysed this and showed in which districts we lost votes for unknown reasons. We believe that our votes were deliberately lowered by 10 per cent. We sent a letter to Dagestani President Mukhu Aliyev and hope that he will seek to redress the situation and protect our voters’ constitutional rights. We sent similar letters to Aleksandr Veshnyakov, chairman of the Russian Central Electoral Commission; Magomed Khalitov, chairman of Dagestan’s electoral commission; and to Dagestani Prosecutor Igor Tkachev.”

Sergey Svetlov, Mahachkala, Caucasus Times

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