The OSCE claimed that there was no real choice at the election of the president of Russia and noted the pressure on the critics of the authority. The proper report was published on the website of the organization.
‘Choice without real competition, as we have seen here, is not real choice’, the OSCE claimed.
The organization reported that the restrictions on the fundamental freedoms, as well as on candidate registration, have limited the space for political engagement and resulted in a lack of genuine competition.
‘The observers identified the number of the events that included inappropriate pressure on voters, aimed at increasing turnout’, the message said.
At the same time, the OSCE noted that the Central Election Commission of Russia managed the process effectively and openly.
Television and particularly broadcasters founded, owned or supported by the state, remains the dominant source of political information. While the incumbent president did not participate in debates or in campaigning, the extensive coverage of his official activities provided him with a dominant presence as the observer said.
The election of the president of Russia took place on March 18, 2018, in the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea. Eight candidates, including the current president, took place in it. Russia also held the election at the peninsula.
The current President Putin beat a record of the support, receiving 56.2 million of votes or 76.65 percent of votes, with 99% ballots processed.