The Federation Council upheld a new law clarifying the powers of observers on elections

MOSCOW, February 10. The Federation Council approved the law on the credentials of observers from political parties and candidates. Changes have affected the laws on basic guarantees of electoral rights and on elections of deputies of the state Duma.

As explained by a member of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state building Anatoly Shirokov, “the law is aimed at improving safeguards of transparency in the activities of election commissions”. In particular, “the observer shall be empowered to make in the voting room photo – and video shooting, and notifying the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Secretary of precinct election Commission”, the MP said. In addition, observers and other participants of the electoral process “providing free access to the room where voting is being conducted, the counting of votes during the voting, counting votes, preparing the minutes of the precinct election Commission (PEC) on the voting results,” he added.

The act also “specifies grounds for dismissal of PEC members from participation in its work, to remove from the premises for voting observers and other persons if they violate the legislation on elections”. “The fact of such violations must be established in court”, – said Shirokov.

A number of amendments concerns the number of election observers and the number of changes in the composition of the commissions. According to the Senator, “there are limits”: one candidate or party you can imagine two observers, the number of substitutions of Commission members with consultative voting right is limited to five.