On 2 October 2018 the 184th regular meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation was held.
On the meeting of authorized representatives of regional sub-groups for the referendum
Opening the meeting, Nikolay Bulaev, Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, reported that on 29 September a meeting of authorized representatives of regional sub-groups for the referendum was held in Moscow.
"At the meeting, the notary recorded 13 people present. During the meeting the participants found out that they had no quorum because the law says that the initiating groups should be created at least in 43 regions. After that the CEC of Russia was accused of not informing somebody about something," said Nikolay Bulaev. "Authority of the CEC of Russia while a meeting of the sub-groups or an initiative group is held is strictly limited. This is beyond our authority. If we are approached by organizers of such meetings, we will provide consultations and explain what actions and by who are allowed according to the federal law. The CEC of Russia within its authority did helped and is helping everyone. If the initiators are unable to gather representatives of regional sub-groups, it means that they don't have the drive, initiative and arguments," said Nikolay Bulaev. "The CEC of Russia did all that is necessary and at all meetings we consider the documents related to the organization of the referendum."
On approval of the Regulations on All-Russian Competition for the Best Work on the Electoral Law and the Electoral Process
The CEC of Russia decided to approve the Regulations on the All-Russian Competition for the Best Work on the Electoral Law and the Electoral Process, Increasing of legal and Political Culture of Voters (Referendum Participants), Organizers of Elections to Bodies of State Power, Bodies of Local Self-Government in the Russian Federation and Participants of Election Campaigns.
"Election commissions of the regions studied the Regulations and sent us over one hundred comments and suggestions that were very useful. We tried our best to accommodate them, 32 amendments were included," said Maya Grishina. "In general, the competition became slightly different – it is more competitive now. We decided that in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the competition we should try to make it more dynamic and maybe tougher on selection criteria. The contest starts today and our task is to maximally inform all those interested."
On the holding of the all-Russian competition for the best work on the electoral law and the electoral process
The CEC of Russia decided to hold a competition for the best work on the electoral law and the electoral process, increasing legal and political culture of voters (referendum participants), organizers of elections to bodies of state power, bodies of local self-government in the Russian Federation and participants of the election campaign from 2 October 2018 to 31 July 2019.
By its decision the CEC of Russia approved composition of the Commission on summarizing the All-Russian Competition and composition of the Working Group on consideration of the materials submitted for the national Competition.