MOSCOW, October 16. The state Duma adopted in the second – mostly – reading the draft law on the reconciliation of the single day of voting with the Federal parliamentary elections on the third Sunday of September starting from 2016.
The bill was introduced by the lower house in June, state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin and the leaders of the three parliamentary factions Vladimir Vasilyev (United Russia), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR) and Sergey Mironov (“Fair Russia”).
The instrument was proposed simultaneously with the initiative to transfer the Duma elections in December on the third Sunday of September, which the deputies adopted in the end of the spring session. After making the bill relating to the transfer of uniform day of voting in the Federal parliamentary elections, was sent to the so-called newsletter in the regions to solicit feedback from regional legislative assemblies.
In the wording of the second reading indicated that the single voting day is held on the third Sunday of September in the year of elections to the State Duma and in the interval between the parliamentary campaigns – the second Sunday in September.
“All elections (including local government), coinciding with the elections of the state Duma, will be held on the third Sunday of September. All the rest – on the second Sunday of September,” confirmed the head of profile state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Vladimir Pligin (United Russia).
The scheme of constituencies for election-2016
The state Duma also adopted in the second – mostly – reading the draft law on approving the scheme “slicing” constituencies to the Federal parliamentary elections of 2016.
The bill proposes to establish 225 electoral districts. Unified standard of representation for them will be about 500 thousand people with a total quantity of nearly 110 million voters. In 32 subjects of the Russian Federation will be formed by one single-mandate constituency, 26 – 2 district, in the remaining 27 subjects of the Russian Federation – 3 or more districts (the largest number of majoritarian districts – 15 – will be created in Moscow).
In the second reading the deputies adopted amendments, correcting the boundaries of the constituencies in the Vladimir region and Tatarstan. “In Tatarstan the sentence is due to geographical and logistical feasibility. In the first reading version, was developed on the basis of option of the CEC, a number of districts of the Republic are located on both banks of the rivers Volga or Kama. The amendments of deputies to correct this deficiency in almost all districts,” he explained in profile Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction.
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Change the boundaries of districts in the Vladimir region aimed at reducing the percent of the variance in the number of voters from the average number for one County in this region – the part of voters, previously included in the Suzdal district No. 80, will become part of district no 79 in Vladimir.
The schema “slicing” 225 single-mandate districts was approved at a meeting of the CEC on 2 September and the next day sent to the state Duma. It will be used in the elections to the state Duma in 2016 and in subsequent elections for 10 years.
“The plan takes into account all the changes that took place in Russia over the years. In particular, the appearance of two new subjects of the Russian Federation, the strengthening of regions, the demographic picture”, – told reporters one of the authors of the bill, the head of the Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Vladimir Pligin. He called the bill “an important step in preparing for elections in the next state Duma”.
The MP also recalled that with the approval of a new “slicing” Russia is returning to the mixed election system of state Duma – 225 deputies will be elected on party lists, and another 225 – in single member constituencies. “All single-member districts represent approximately the same number of voters of the Russian Federation. This mixed system – in the electoral district included part of urban and rural areas”, – said Pligin. “Each subject of the Russian Federation will be created at least one district. Thus, all the subjects of the Russian Federation will be presented in the future state Duma”, – said the head of the Committee.