Behind the culinary metaphor being used by the Kremlin
Russian election monitors are set to issue their final report on the November 2012 presidential election in the United States. And, as expected from their preliminary reports, they found much to criticize.
"American elections are like a hamburger: It looks beautiful, but the patty inside is artificial," said Igor Borisov, chairman of the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law (ROIIP), which will issue its full report on January 17. Borisov is also a former member of Russia's Central Election Commission, which ordered the ROIIP report. An advance copy of the report was made available to the daily "Izvestia."
Borisov told the daily that the November election did not conform to most international election standards. In particular, he said the vote fell short in the areas of election law, openness, and fairness.
The report, which was compiled on the basis of "distance monitoring" instead of an on-the-ground observer mission, argues that some 50 million American adults were deprived of their right to vote. This problem, the report says, was particularly acute among "racial minorities."
According to the report, the election was less than ideal in terms of secrecy as well. It claims some states allow voting by fax or e-mail and that employers sometimes "helped" employees fill out their ballots under the threat of dismissal.