On July 16, 2021, the next meeting of the CEC of Russia was held.
About the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the Russian Federation
The Chairman of the CEC of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, said that the Commission has accumulated a unique positive experience of voting during the pandemic.
"The unprecedented high indicators of the VTsIOM sociological survey on the results of the single voting day in 2020 speak eloquently about the assessment of this work – about 80% of respondents believe that we have managed to ensure the safety of voting," the head of the Commission stressed.
Ella Pamfilova noted the great importance that the Central Election Commission attaches to vaccination: the members of the Commission reacted very responsibly to this, 74% of the CEC staff of Russia were vaccinated.
"We consider it important that not only members of election commissions, but also another, very large group of participants in the electoral process – observers-approach this issue responsibly. Including international observers, whom we invite, and who will contact many people. Their safety and the safety of our citizens is very important, and now we, together with Rospotrebnadzor, are finalizing recommendations for international observers," the head of the Commission said.
Anna Popova, head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation, noted that Rospotrebnadzor has developed a number of recommendations within the framework of an agreement with the CEC of Russia and they must be strictly observed.
"What is new in this document is the recommendation to vaccinate everyone who will be at the polling station for a long period," the head of Rospotrebnadzor noted. − We need to protect the participants of the electoral process. Today there is a tool for this – we have a vaccine. I would like to emphasize once again that we need to step up work so that the vaccination of members of election commissions and observers is one hundred percent. I have signed letters of appeal to political parties and public organizations so that these recommendations are implemented. There are no problems with vaccination now. This should be done today. There is not much time left until September."