The document obliges the registered candidates, including on behalf of electoral associations, to personally participate in the debate. According to the authors of the bill, its purpose is to allow voters to see their candidates.
MOSCOW, 21 Dec –. The state Duma on Friday in the first reading will consider a bill that requires political candidates to participate in televised debates, told state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
The initiator of the document was made by Vice-speaker of the state Duma from “United Russia” Sergei Neverov. The profile Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction recommended the bill for adoption.
“In the block of the electoral legislation we will consider a parliamentary initiative in the first reading on the participation in election debates only candidates in deputies of the state Duma. Now, as you know, can be debated and individuals on behalf of political parties. It will be excluded”, — Naryshkin said to journalists after the meeting of the Duma.
The speaker of the state Duma also noted that next week the state Duma deputies will consider the legislative initiative, which belongs to the same subject, and prohibits to use in propaganda images of people who are not candidates for deputies, as well as statements of persons who cannot agitate (civil servants, members of election commissions).
“The meaning and purpose of these two legislative initiatives is that voters saw their candidates, focused on their election program, not on your emotions,” he added.