CEC: the right to film may be attached to election observers

CEC: the right to film may be attached to election observers


Proposals on the organization of work election observers, developed by the presidential administration and the CEC of the Russian Federation. The proposal, according to developers of the document, to a greater extent will protect and observers, and election commissions.

MOSCOW, 23 Jan. Proposals on the organization of work of election observers, developed jointly by the presidential administration and the CEC, suggesting legislative consolidation of the rights of observers, photo – and video filming and distribution for elections at all levels of the provision allowing the removal of the observer from the polling station only by a court decision, which is now available only in the law on elections of deputies of the state Duma. This was told by CEC member Maya Grishina.

Earlier the President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered the Kremlin administration and the CEC jointly review the exercise by citizens of the Russian Federation the right to participate in monitoring the vote. The head of the Commission Vladimir Churov in mid-December stated that the EC will summarize the practices of Russian and international observers at elections in Russia in previous years to compile a list of the problems and to make appropriate proposals.

One of the proposals is connected with the question of how the removal of observers: given the upcoming this year’s combined elections proposed uniform procedure for elections to the state Duma and other elections that will be held in Russia, Grishina said.

“I remind you that already in the current law about elections of deputies of the state Duma provides that the removal of observers from polling stations is possible only by court order. Similarly, it is proposed to introduce a rule in the law of guarantees (on basic guarantees of electoral rights of citizens — ed.) that will automatically propagate this rule on any election,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

This procedure is thought in the CEC, to a greater extent will protect and observers, and election commissions — from accusations of bias against those who carry out surveillance. “As you may remember, earlier the decision of the Commission the observer could be removed. And although these cases were not so many, but they were resonant,” said the CEC member.

Another proposal is General in securing legal rights of observers to photos and video, which had been practiced, said Grishin. “Clarification of the CEC said that it is not prohibited. But now, to avoid disputes, the legislation proposes to provide directly,” she explained.

“Also, in order to streamline and make more transparent procedure for the appointment of observers, are invited to submit proposals for observers in the territorial election Commission not later than three days before election day. Accordingly, by election day it will be clear what areas and what kind of observers would work”, — said Grishin.

She said that this will help to avoid situations where you are kind of “carousel” from observers. “And each party may designate for each section no more than two observers can alternate supervision”, — noted the Agency interlocutor.

Technological performance of these proposals have yet to work out in legislation, she added.