MOSCOW, September 20 (RAPSI) — The elections of the State Duma lawmakers have been held in accordance with generally recognized international democratic standards, international monitors from the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) Parliamentary Assembly report.

The elections were organized and held within the terms set by the Constitution and in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation; the process answered the generally recognized international democratic standards, the final conclusion signed by all members of the monitoring group reads.

The international monitors note the effectiveness of the electronic voting procedures, which were first introduced in seven Russian regions. Given the fact that the elections were held amid the pandemic, a three-day vote seems logical and appropriate, the conclusion says.

During the entire period of the elections, all the necessary conditions for an open expression of citizens’ will were ensured, the international observers stress.