Central Election Commission of Russian Federation held 164th meeting

22.06.2018

On 20 June 2018 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held the 164th regular meeting.

On the election in a single voting day on 9 September 2018

"Today is the deadline for the appointment of elections to local self-government bodies, and tomorrow will see a start of electoral campaign related to the elections at all levels appointed for a single voting day of 9 September 2018,” said Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova opening the meeting, “Let me remind you that on the single voting day we will hold a by-election of deputies of the State Duma in seven constituencies, direct elections for posts of senior officials in 22 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, elections of the deputies of the legislative (representative) government bodies in 16 regions. At the same time there will be about six thousand electoral campaigns related to the elections to local self-government bodies".

Ella Pamfilova noted an active process of nomination of candidates for the elections at different levels. At this point there are 46 candidates for the high-ranking posts of constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Six of them are acting heads of regions and they have submitted necessary documents to corresponding election commissions.

On the situation with early voting in the Leningrad oblast

Ella Pamfilova said that the situation with the early elections of deputies of the fourth convocation Council of Deputies the Municipal Entity of Shlisselburg, Kirov Municipal District, Leningrad Region, which will take place 24 June, caught the attention of the CEC of Russia. Reports on the excessively active process of early election triggered concerns about the compliance with the law of this procedure that motivated a greater control from the CEC of Russia in the framework of its competence.

Ella Pamfilova said that the CEC of Russia conducted preventive work and stabilized the situation. Progress of municipal elections is being controlled by the CEC of Russia alongside the Election Commission of the Leningrad Region.

On the allocation of federal funds for the preparation and conduct of elections of the deputies of the State Duma

“On 14 June 2018 the CEC of Russia appointed by-election of deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation in seven single-seat constituencies in six regions,” said Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev, “Today we adopt an important document which defines this election campaign funding as a whole and separately for each of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation”.

Nikolay Bulaev said that 477.1 million rubles are supposed to be allocated for by-election in constituent entities of the Russian Federation. These funds will be distributed in three main areas: payment of costs incurred by regional election commissions of the Russian Federation (430.6 million), costs incurred by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry to conduct voting and counting of votes of voters residing outside the Russian Federation (22 million) and expenditures of the CEC of Russia related to elections (24.5 million).

The CEC of Russia decided to approve the distribution of funds from the federal budget for financial provision of preparation and conduct of the by-election of deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation in single-seat constituencies.

On Recommendations for ensuring the electoral rights of Russian Federation citizens with disabilities

Member of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Levichev has informed that law enforcement practice, in particular, the application of new laws during election of the President of the Russian Federation, prompted the CEC of Russia to reconsider the existing Recommendations on Ensuring the Electoral Rights of Russian Federation Citizens with Disabilities adopted by the CEC of Russia on 9 August 2017.

"The new draft Recommendations were discussed by the Working Group on Cooperation of the CEC of Russia with Organizations of People with Disabilities and finalized taking into account comments by the representatives of the all-Russian societies of people with disabilities," he said.

According to Nikolay Levichev, two new chapters were added to the draft: on engaging volunteers to work on ensuring the electoral rights of citizens with disabilities and on the organization of voting for citizens with disabilities outside voting premises.

The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation resolved to approve the Recommendations on Ensuring the Electoral Rights of Citizens of the Russian Federation with Disabilities during Elections in the Russian Federation, and to submit these Recommendations to the election commissions of regions of the Russian Federation.