The bill proposes to limit the total number of observers representing interests of one political party or candidate. Such an initiative due to the large number of candidates in the elections.
MOSCOW, 29 Jan. The state Duma has refused to remove from consideration a bill to reduce the number of observers up to two people from the candidate or political party, despite calls by the opposition factions. Presented to the CPRF, the LDPR during the plenary session said that the concept of law, second reading, amended, and ordered to remove it from consideration, but “United Russia” voted against the motion.
The Duma in December of last year passed in the first reading the draft law the deputies from the Communist party, which establishes that the polling station can be no more than five observers from parties and candidates. The state Duma Committee for constitutional legislation has approved the amendments to the draft law allowing the appointment of up to two observers at the elections or in a referendum.
“I propose that the eleventh issue of the agenda today is to remove from consideration. The bill for the second reading has almost nothing to do with the bill, which was passed in the first reading, and changed the name, and concept, and content. In fact, this bill has other authors,” the Deputy from the Communist party Ivan nikitchuk.
The Deputy Chairman of the LDPR faction Yaroslav Nilov also asked to withdraw from the consideration of the bill. “Indeed, the issue of election observation needs some reform. But what offers today the Committee (the state Duma on the constitutional legislation), is simply the destruction of the Institute of election observation. This sweep observers, an attack on the opposition parties to ensure that the party suffered, were given in advance a list of observers”, — he stressed.
However the Chairman of profile Duma Committee on constitutional legislation Dmitry Vyatkin (“United Russia”) did not agree with the position of colleagues.
“The bill proposes to limit the total number of observers representing interests of one political party and one candidate, and to limit the number of replacements of members of election commissions with deliberative vote. All these provisions stopped the bill, moreover, there are added additional guarantees as to observers and members of election commissions with consultative voting right,” said he.
“The concept (of the bill) is not changed. We insist on the consideration of the bill in the second, and if it will be adopted in the second, then a third. And please do not remove this item from the agenda,” — said Vyatkin.
First Deputy Chairman of the faction “Fair Russia” Mikhail Emelyanov told reporters that the SRS will not support this bill, as between the first and second readings it has undergone change, “and not for the better”.
Revolutionaries are frustrated about the need in advance to inform the members of the electoral Commission on who exactly will work as the observer at this site on election day.
According to Emelyanova, the unfair fee often “work” with observers — bribe them or pressure them, and, if the Commission will know in advance who will be the observer, they can influence these people.
Also faction criticizes the restriction to two the number of observers at the site. “The sidelining of the party only two observers is, of course, limits the possibility of observation”, — said Emelyanov. —0-