US looks forward to working with Putin

March 6th, 2012 - 3:38 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US was looking forward to working with Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin after the results are certified and he is sworn in as president, the State Department said.

It also called for a probe into alleged electoral violations.

“We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent, credible investigation of all reported electoral violations,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

“As underscored in the OSCE report, we also note the new steps that the Central Election Commission took to increase transparency of the voting process since the parliamentary elections last December.”

“We urge Russian authorities to build on these steps to ensure that the procedures for future elections will be more transparent,” she said in a statement.

The number of Russian election observers who monitored this vote was unprecedented and a sign that Russian society seeks to participate in the improvement of Russia’s democratic institutions, the statement said.

“We also recognise the government’s efforts to reform the political system, including the reintroduction of direct elections for governors, the simplification of party registration procedures, and the reduction in the numbers of signatures needed to register presidential candidates.”

With 100 percent of the ballots counted, Putin won 63.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, Russia’s Central Election Commission said Monday.

The CEC is expected to publish the final results of the vote by March 14.

Putin will be inaugurated May 7.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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