On 2 August 2019 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 216th regular meeting.
Before the discussion of the agenda, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova called on all unregistered candidates to act according to the law, to appeal to the judiciary or the Central Election Commission, to conduct a constructive dialogue and not to arrange unauthorized protests in case of disagreement with the decisions of election commissions. "The duty of a politician is to think about people and never, under any circumstances, undermine their destinies. It is necessary to learn to defend your rights without trampling on the rights of others."
On conducting handwriting examination of signature sheets
Professor of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Chief Researcher of the Russian Federal Center of Forensic Science at the Ministry of Justice of Russia Marina Zhizhina spoke at the meeting. She elaborated on the methodology of handwriting research used when checking the signature sheets with the signatures of voters in support of the nomination of candidates for deputies of the Moscow City Duma.
"Every signature was studied, while every digital record was studied twice. This underlines the objectivity of the verification," said Marina Zhizhina."Verification was carried out by specially trained and experienced certified experts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with serious expertise. Therefore, there is no doubt about their competence, they meet all the criteria of qualified experts. The methodology of the study meets the scientific foundations of forensic handwriting examination".