Polling stations during elections next year can be properly checked from the point of view of safety because of the regime of austerity and downsizing of the Ministry of interior, said the head of the CEC of Russia Vladimir Churov.
MOSCOW, 26 Nov. The head of the CEC of Russia Vladimir Churov expressed concern that polling stations during elections next year will not be properly checked from the point of view of safety because of the regime of austerity and downsizing of the Ministry of interior.
“What else is troubling from the point of view of the organization of the vote in 2016? Security. Sorry, you entered the save mode, the downsizing of the Ministry of internal Affairs, the reduction in funding raises the concern that polling stations, premises, where they will be located, will not be fully checked from the point of view of security, environmental safety, sanitary conditions,” said the supervisor at the plenary meeting of the public scientific and methodological Advisory Council under the CEC of Russia on Thursday.
“Let me stress that while this is only the fears and the Central election Commission will do everything so that these fears do not become reality. The situation is paradoxical: the risks, including terrorist acts, and polling stations is a tasty place, increase, and the number of people that are designed for professional protection, reduced”, — said the CEC head.
The supervisor noted that is extremely important in light of the upcoming elections and the issue of transport security, in particular, the organization of voting in hard-to-reach and remote areas by using helicopters, so now together with the government need to think about how to ensure safety.