The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will not watch the illegitimate elections to the RF Duma in the occupied Crimea, according to the Head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Mission Jan Petersen, as cited by Izvestia.
“As the OSCE mission is working in the interests of all 57 OSCE participating States, Crimea is out of our observations” Petersen said.
Moreover, he stressed that OSCE will not make a report about the so-called elections in the peninsula.
The chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov appealed to Crimean residents with a request to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia, September 18, 2016. Illegal elections to the Russian Parliament in the occupied Crimea will not only illegitimate so-called "Crimean deputies," but also challenge the legitimacy of the all the State Duma Members, he believes.
Elections to the State Duma are scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 deputies are elected on party lists and 225 - from the territorial electoral districts. Elections are to be conducted in the annexed Crimea for the first time.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.