Russian Election chief echoes Donald Trump, casts doubts over mail-in voting
- Russia's election chief said that mail-in voting leaves massive scope for possible falsifications
- She was talking to state-run TASS news agency
- Trump campaign has made similar claims
Russia's election chief is of the opinion that voting by mail in the US presidential election paved the way for massive voter fraud, echoing rhetoric from the campaign of Donald Trump. Ella Pamfilova, the head of Russia's elections commission, said she had carefully studied mail-in voting in the United States and found the process vulnerable to fraud, AFP reported.
"For me, the conclusion is clear: this anachronism in its American form leaves massive scope for possible falsifications," AFP quoted Pamfilova as telling the state-tun TASS news agency.
She cited the possibility of repeat voting, the unexplained loss of "unwanted" ballots, "voting among people listed as deceased" and a "lack of systemic control over the whole voting process".
Trump has refused to concede defeat to US President-elect Joe Biden and tried to sow doubt about the election results -- without providing evidence.
Trump in particular focused his criticism on mail-in ballots which surged this year and tilted heavily to Democrats.
Russia was accused of interfering in the 2016 US election to help get Trump elected, in the hope he would take a softer line with Moscow.
Biden is expected to take a tougher stand and during the campaign slammed Trump for having "embraced so many autocrats around the world, starting with (Russian President) Vladimir Putin".
Putin is one of the few leaders who has not yet congratulated Biden.