The Duma opposition agree with the idea of mandatory participation in debates

The Duma opposition agree with the idea of mandatory participation in debates


The Communist party will support the bill, but would require that it was also mandatory participation in the debates the leaders of party lists, said first Vice-speaker of the state Duma, first Deputy Chairman of the CPRF Central Committee Ivan Melnikov.

MOSCOW, 11 Dec –. Deputies of the CPRF, “Fair Russia” and LDPR have a positive attitude to the bill “United Russia” on the obligation of candidates personally to participate in televised debates and remind themselves repeatedly came up with this initiative.

On Friday the Vice-speaker of the state Duma, Secretary of General Council of “United Russia” Sergey Neverov has made to the house a bill requiring candidates to participate in televised debates, in case of refusal they will lose airtime in favor of the opponents. Amendments to the basic electoral law and the law on Duma elections.

First Vice-speaker of the state Duma, first Deputy Chairman of the CPRF Central Committee Ivan Melnikov reminded that the Communist party of Russia has repeatedly proposed holding mandatory debates for the election. “Of course, we support this initiative because it essentially is ours. We have already made such a proposal, but then the United Russia has blocked him, he told me about the sacred right to self-determination: focus on the debates or advertising,” he told reporters.

Melnikov added that the Communist party will support the bill, but would require that it was also mandatory participation in the debates the leaders of the party lists. “If other parties have no problem with that, the leaders of the EP list, as a rule, are pathetic reasons to ignore the interested viewer,” said he.

The liberal democratic party was never afraid of debate, said the Deputy head of the faction, head of the Duma Committee on Affairs of public associations Yaroslav Nilov. On the brought the bill, he responded positively.

“More generally, it would be useful to introduce the norm that it was impossible to refuse debate that the candidate drugs can be seen immediately, not later. Because send trusted people, famous people either ignore the debate, and then we’re surprised when people come to the rostrum to participate in the events already possessing the status. I believe that this bill every chance of passing,” said Nilov.

In his opinion, voters will be easier to understand what the candidate represents, if he would participate in the debate. “Man will be revealed, if it is to participate in the debates, it will benefit everyone,” he added.

First Deputy head of the faction “Fair Russia” Mikhail Emelyanov believes is also a good idea to oblige candidates to participate personally in the debates. “This is a sensible idea, the opposition factions, including just Russia, has repeatedly introduced such bills, was against “United Russia”. Now all of a sudden colleagues decided to make it all myself. Of course this is good — finally they realized the necessity of this measure, but still had the opposition party also included, because the idea was theirs,” said Emelyanov.

According to him, fraction “Fair Russia” will support this initiative.