The Nordic Council is to send a small delegation of election observers to Russia in December.
Michael Tetzschner (Norway), Jeppe Mikkelsen (Denmark) and Helén Pettersson (Sweden) will observe the elections to the State Duma on 4 December on behalf of the Nordic Council.
Michael Tetzschner (Norway), Jeppe Mikkelsen (Denmark) and Helén Pettersson (Sweden) will observe the elections to the State Duma on 4 December on behalf of the Nordic Council. Several other Nordic parliamentarians are also among the 160-strong delegation being sent by the OSCE.
Elections to the State Duma in Moscow, and to several regional parliaments, including in North-West Russia, will be held on Sunday 4 December. The threshold for the proportional elections to the State Duma is 7% and 450 members will be elected. Parties with 6-7% will, however, be allowed two seats and parties with 5-6% one seat. Four parties are currently represented in the Duma, seven are standing in the election. A constitutional amendment from 2008 extended the term of office from four to five years.
The Presidential election, in which Vladimir Putin is standing for the ruling party, United Russia, will be held on 4 March 2012. The current President, Dimitrij Medvedev, is expected to emerge as the new prime minister – the post held by Putin for the last four years. The presidential term of office has been extended to six years.