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The Moscow Times, December 19, 2003

Communist Party Wants 11 Recounts

The Moscow Times

The Communist Party has called on the Central Elections Commission to delay announcing its final State Duma voting results, due Friday, until a recount is held in 11 regions where the party says ballot rigging took place.

Communist officials said their alternative tally, based on voting protocols taken from 93.1 percent of polling stations together with Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces, revealed discrepancies in dozens of polling stations.

The Communists demanded a hand recount in the republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Mordovia, and the Amur, Oryol, Rostov, Samara, Saratov and Penza regions.

Some local election officials refused to show vote protocols, Andrei Andreyev, a spokesman for Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, said Thursday. On its web site, the party said it was unable to collect 6,472 protocols.

Andreyev said its count "was to show that the system of the alternative tally works, otherwise all our elections will turn into a never-ending theft of votes."

Central Elections Commission chairman Alexander Veshnyakov dismissed the party's allegations Thursday, saying the official count was transparent. He said that mistakes by local election commissions were being looked into.

"I do not know what others do, where they take figures and documents from, and whether these documents are legally valid," Veshnyakov was reported by Interfax as saying. "We do not know, because we have not seen them."


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