On 20 May 2020, a regular meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation was held via videoconference.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova drew attention to the amendments to the Agreement on interaction between the Central Election Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
"We took into account the comments of experts, political parties, candidates and voters on the procedure for collecting and verifying signatures," explained Ella Pamfilova. "The legal requirements concerning personal data were taken into account, and at the same time, the information on the results of signature lists inspections was specified, which will allow candidates to clearly understand where technical errors were made. In fact, this is one of the elements of protecting the rights of voters and their candidates."
These clarifications and innovations will ensure a uniform approach to the work of all election commissions and organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation during the verification of signatures of voters in support of the nomination of candidates.
The CEC of Russia has adopted, as a basis, the draft Procedure for Organizing Voting at Digital Polling Stations in the elections to be held on 13 September 2020, and the Temporary Procedure for Using Technical Means for Electronic Voting.
According to Anton Lopatin, Member of the CEC of Russia, these documents define the organizational and technical features of voting at digital polling stations.
"The goal is to create additional conditions for implementation of active electoral rights of citizens who are outside their constituency on the day of voting," said Anton Lopatin. "There are some novelties. Now, voters will also be able to vote at digital polling stations in the elections of deputies of regional parliaments."
The Member of the Central Election Commission noted that the use of technical means for voting in regional and municipal elections will significantly facilitate the work of precinct election commissions, expedite counting of votes and summing up the results of voting at polling station.
On the situation related to non-execution of court decisions by election commissions of Saint Petersburg municipalities
Ella Pamfilova recalled that in order to improve the electoral process in St. Petersburg, it was previously decided to form 34 territorial election commissions instead of municipal election commissions.
The process of forming new TECs is under close attention of public organizations in St. Petersburg and of the Commissioner for Human Rights in St. Petersburg, who also asked the CEC of Russia to take measures to prevent violations of citizens' electoral rights at subsequent formation of territorial commissions.
Ella Pamfilova stressed that the CEC of Russia keeps under special control the situation in St. Petersburg and intends to renovate the city's electoral system.
The Saint Petersburg Election Commission has been instructed to take all appropriate measures by 25 May 2020 to ensure the enforcement of court decisions that have entered into force regarding the results of elections of deputies to municipal councils of inner-city municipalities of Saint Petersburg.