MOSCOW, January 25. The state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction recommended to be reduced from five to two the number of observers from candidates and political parties during elections and referenda. Relevant amendments were supported during the discussion in second reading of the draft law, initiated by the leader of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov.
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MPs last year passed in the first reading the draft law of the Communist party, which establishes that at a polling station during the voting day may be no more than five observers from each party or candidate.
In turn, the Committee approved the amendments stipulates that “a political party, other public Association, registered candidate or authorized person, and also the initiative group for the referendum is entitled to appoint to each Commission no more than two observers, who in turn have the right to monitor the voting room”. The same person may be appointed as observer only in one Commission, according to the recommended edition of the second reading.
The Committee’s decision was criticized by the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov, who insists that at the polling station should have not less than five observers from the candidate or political party. “The idea of companion Zyuganov that each candidate has the right to a polling station not more than five observers, we consider normal. This initiative will support it. We will insist on five. Two is not enough”, – he has declared today to journalists. According to Mironov, “practice shows that more than four remote boxes not sent”. “In this regard, the number five is not just plucked out of the air, so we will insist on five,” – concluded Mironov.