The state Duma allows the removal of observers from polling station only by court order

The state Duma allows the removal of observers from polling station only by court order


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MOSCOW, January 29. The state Duma allowed the removal of observers from polling station only by court order. The relevant amendment of deputies-United Russia party members of Vladimir pligina and Dmitry Vyatkin was adopted on Friday in discussing the second reading of the bill on guarantees for election observers.

“The member of the precinct election Commission immediately debarred from participation in its work and an observer and other persons removed from the polling station if they violate the legislation on elections, referendum, and such a violation was fixed by court”, – stated in the wording of a second reading.

Limit the number of observers

The state Duma has not supported the proposal of the representatives of the Communist party Ivan Nikitchuk and the LDPR Yaroslav Nilova send back for revision the draft amendments regulating the work of the observers.

In December 2015, the state Duma adopted in the first reading the initiative of Communists about limiting the number of observers up to five people. On Monday, the state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction approved the second reading of the amendment initiatives that reduce the number of observers from the party or the candidate to two. Also, under the amendments, information about the observers of the parties and candidates will be required to provide on the sites for three days prior to the vote.

Nilov and nikitchuk stated that the rules to limit the number of observers and the need to consolidate certain sections directed against the opposition. They proposed to delete these amendments from the bill. Deputy Chairman of the Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Dmitry Vyatkin noted that the concept of the bill is to “limit the total number of observers representing interests of one political party or candidate, and to limit the number of substitutions of Commission members with consultative vote”.

“All these provisions left in the bill. Moreover, there are added additional guarantees as to observers and members of election commissions with deliberative vote. It guarantees that you, colleagues, fought a few years,” he said.

Deputies by a majority of voters refused to remove the bill from the agenda.

A final vote on the draft law will be held in the state Duma after 17:00 GMT.

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