CEC: edit on the work of election observers will help to stop violations

CEC: edit on the work of election observers will help to stop violations


Amendments to the law governing the work of election observers will help to streamline the work of precinct election commissions and observers, as well as to stop the arbitrariness of election commissions.

MOSCOW, 29 Jan. Amendments on the work of election observers will help to streamline the work of precinct election commissions, to protect the observers from possible arbitrariness of election commissions, as well as to counteract the black technology, when the monitoring was carried out vote buying. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation Leonid Ivlev.

Previously on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the CEC and the presidential administration have jointly prepared a proposal about the practice of election observers. On Friday a draft law regulating the work of the observers, considered in the state Duma.

“This law is aimed primarily at the protection of observers and organize the work of precinct election commissions. First, it introduces judicial protection of observers – for the first time the country’s electoral system, the observer from the polling place can only be removed by a court decision”, — said Ivlev.

He added that the introduction of these amendments will help to stop the arbitrariness of election commissions. “The electoral Commission are different, their 95 thousand, different people work in them. So now the arbitrariness of election commissions will not be”, — said the Deputy Chairman of the CEC.

He noted that the bill also streamlines the process of work of observers and their training.

“The emergence of lists of observers three days before election day enables the electoral Commission to conduct the study. Observers have also different, sometimes they come from candidates and political parties just to earn money, without having any knowledge about electoral law and the electoral process. Now the precinct election Commission, territorial election Commission can conduct meetings and give necessary knowledge”, — said the Agency interlocutor.

Also, the bill permitted the conduct of observers, photo – and filming, before this provision in the act has never been added Ivlev. This law, he said, and will help counteract black technologies.

“In municipal elections in the Moscow region there were cases when under the guise of observers were buying votes. That is, during the day in the precinct election Commission came 150-200 observers, who, after spending 10-15 minutes in the polling place, voted for a certain candidate, leaving the voting room and received money. Now that’s the norm – two person observer of the candidate or party precludes the use of ferrous technology, i.e. buying votes”, — explained the Deputy head of the Central election Commission.