EU requires investigation into allegations of irregularities in Russian referendum vote

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The European Union has known as for an investigation into allegations {that a} referendum vote in Russia that gave President Vladimir Putin the chance to rule till 2036, was held beneath “irregular” circumstances.

“We expect all reports and allegations of irregularities, including voter coercion, multiple voting, violation of secrecy of the vote and allegations of police violence against a journalist who was present to observe, to be duly investigated,” a spokesperson by the EU international service mentioned in a assertion on Thursday.

On June 2, Kremlin noticed Vladimir Putin successful almost 78% of the votes in a nationwide referendum on amendments to the Russian Constitution. The voting process kickstarted on June 25 and run for seven days, resulting in a landslide victory for Putin and to greater than 200 constitutional amendments being authorised. One of them resets Putin’s term-limit clock to zero, permitting him to run for reelection for 2 extra six-year phrases.

In its assertion, the EU closely criticised that campaigning each for and in opposition to was not allowed, citing that voters had been disadvantaged of entry to balanced info. As the constitutional modifications additionally make clear the precedence of Russian legislation over worldwide legislation, the EU known as on Russia to respect its worldwide obligations, together with its obligation to execute European Court of Human Rights judgements.

On Friday, the Russian president signed the decree that brings into power the bundle of constitutional amendments, and which is about to return into power on July 4.