The Central Election Commission approved the procedure for all-Russian voting


On 20 March 2020 the CEC approved the Procedure for all-Russian voting on approving amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

The document, adopted as the basis on 28 February 2020, sets out all the main procedures for conducting all-Russian voting. The procedure was finalized in order to ensure the safety of citizens' health in the context of a worsening epidemiological situation.

According to Ella Pamfilova, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, the draft procedure was widely discussed with the involvement of colleagues from the regions, as well as the expert community.

The head of the CEC of Russia informed that the changes were aimed at: first of all, strengthening measures to ensure accessibility and create maximum comfort for citizens, increasing public control over the voting procedure, strengthening measures aimed at preventing violations, as well as adapting to various scenarios in connection with the epidemiological situation.

It also provides for the possibility of citizens voting at their location – the "Mobile voter" mechanism.

The head of the CEC of Russia stressed that election commissions are guided by the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of ensuring the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population, as well as the requirements and recommendations of authorized bodies when preparing and conducting all-Russian voting.

"If the situation develops unfavorably and appropriate decisions are taken to preserve people's health, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation is ready to suspend all events at any time and resume when the risks to the health of citizens disappear," said Ella Pamfilova.

The CEC of Russia continues to consistently take measures aimed at expanding and strengthening public control over the procedure of the all-Russian voting.

"The reliability of voting should not be in doubt, we offer a wide range of opportunities for participants of the vote. An indispensable requirement for these procedures is the presence of observers," said Ella Pamfilova.

According to Ella Pamfilova, video surveillance will be provided during the all-Russian vote.

"Unlike other countries, video surveillance is widely used in the Russian Federation. At the same time, the use of this technology, of course, entails significant financial costs and involves quite serious and lengthy preparation. Therefore, where there is such a possibility, video surveillance will be applied on the initiative of the subject of the Russian Federation."