The elections of the President must be a reference, said Matvienko

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotoreceptor of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. Archival photoThe elections of the President must be a reference, said Matvienko© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Public authorities at all levels and public institutions to ensure the elections of the President of the Russian Federation in a transparent and honest — so that they become a benchmark, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.

«Since the promulgation of the decision of the Federation Council on the appointment of elections will begin the active phase of the campaign. I want to reiterate that the task of all authorities, all public institutions in the campaign to preserve the unity of Russian society to strictly abide by law, election must be held transparently and honestly, without any violations,» — said Matvienko at a meeting with members of the Public chamber.

«These elections should become the standard», she added.

The Federation Council speaker noted that it is necessary to ensure that the citizens «appeared maximum credibility of the elections» and turnout was high.

Regular elections of the President of Russia will be held on 18 March 2018. Last week, acting President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to run in the upcoming elections.