Washington:  The US has asked Russia to investigate into allegations of electoral violations during the just concluded presidential elections.

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

Congratulating Russians on the completion of Presidential elections, and looking forward to working with the President-elect after the results are certified and is sworn in, Nuland said the US endorses the preliminary report of the observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and welcomes the many other assessments of the Russian presidential election by Russian election monitors.

"We note the statement by the head of delegation for PACE that the election had a clear winner with an absolute majority.

"We also note, however, the OSCE's concerns about the conditions under which the campaign was conducted, the partisan use of government resources, and procedural irregularities on election day, among other issues," she said, urging Russian government to conduct an impartial probe.

"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," Nuland said.
   
The US, she said, is encouraged to see so many Russian citizens voting, monitoring voting in their local precincts, exercising their constitutional right to free assembly, and expressing their views peacefully about the political and electoral processes.

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

"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," Nuland said.

(Agencies)