On 29 August 2018 the 178th regular meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation was held.
On the submission of applications to be included in the list of voters who vote at location
As reported by Nikolay Bulaev, the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, as of 29 August 2018 230,954 applications to be included in the list of voters who vote at location during elections to the constituent entities of the Russian Federation were submitted.
On the work of election commissions with complaints about alleged violations of the electoral law during electoral campaigns for the elections on 9 September 2018
Maya Grishina, the Secretary of the CEC of Russia, said that the CEC received 369 applications related to the forthcoming elections. 1650 people submitted enquiries to the reference and information center of the CEC of Russia. 94% of them addressed questions of informational nature, including those associated with the explanation of the law and the organization of voting at location. Only 97 complaints (6%) were related to possible violations, while in 2017 this figure amounted to 153 (11%).
"At the end of all past election campaigns we conduct a comprehensive analysis of the violations that caused a legitimate indignation of participants of the voting process and took appropriate measures, " said Ella Pamfilova, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, "This systematic, planned work to improve the electoral system of Russia has already borne fruit: many issues were resolved but we still have much to do to take the electoral system of Russia to a new level".
Nikolay Bulaev, the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, in his turn, drew attention of all present to possible violations during the early voting held within the framework of municipal elections. "Any such phenomenon is always backed by an administrative resource that is a candidate who wields power and uses it. The CEC of Russia keeps monitoring the process of early voting and we have methods to identify such candidates", he said.
The representatives of observer organizations were invited to the meeting to jointly analyze the progress of the election campaign: The Association of Observers "National Public Monitoring", Association of NGOs for Protection of Electoral Rights "Civil Control", Movement for Protection of Voters' Rights "Golos", Observation Corps "For Clean Election" and others. "The CEC of Russia is most open to working with the observation community, with all those who are professionally engaged in monitoring of elections, - said Ella Pamfilova. - We are interested in creating a strong observer corps, which will help us to strengthen the electoral system of Russia".
Alexander Brod, Head of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights, Co-Chair of the Association of NGOs for Protection of Electoral Rights "Civil Control", said in his speech that in his opinion the institute of public observation is already established and public demonstrates a desire to work together with the organizers of the election.
Roman Kolomoitsev, the Coordinator for cooperation with partners of the Association of Observers "National Public Monitoring", said that with the help of the observation systemic violations of the electoral process have been virtually eliminated. "We do not see systemic problems," he said, "and this is confirmed by the decrease in the number of violations".
Ella Pamfilova confirmed that after a single voting day comprehensive analysis of identified problems would be carried out, but those violations that can be prevented should be prevented and election organizers would need help and support of the wide observer community.
Summarizing the discussion Nikolay Bulaev said: "There is no doubt that we are all like-minded people and strive to make the electoral system of Russia open, fair, transparent and efficient. The CEC of Russia works towards that goal in an active and consistent manner".