On Wednesday, the state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation considered and supported several amendments in regulations governing elections and the system of penalties for violators of the electoral law. Earlier, the MPs stated that in the near future will complete the edit of laws on elections, which will be applied at the start of the campaign-2016 (September to elect the state Duma and several governors).
The Deputy-the United Russia Dmitry Vyatkin has amended the Code of administrative offences, introducing a new article about tampering with the electoral Commission. The Deputy proposed to punish interference with the exercise by the Commission of office which have entailed violation of the law of procedure for its work, or for interference with the voting of voters. The penalty provided in the amount of from 2 to 5 thousand rubles for citizens and from 20 to 50 thousand rubles for officials.
Amendment to the second reading of the bill by the same author about the “editorial” changes to the electoral legislation, which he introduced at the end of last year. The constitutional Committee of the Duma supported this initiative.
Vyatkin prepared a package of amendments on election observation jointly with the CEC member Maya Grishina, a CEC discussed so that the Commission issues will not arise, said the source in the CEC.
Co-Chairman of movement “the Voice” Grigory Melkonyants, who was present at the Committee meeting on Wednesday, surprised by the fact that “no real debate on amendments.” “These are very serious issues that require more in-depth study, as well as their consequences,” he said.
Interference in the work of the Commission is dangerous “rubber rule” aimed at intimidation of observers, says Melkonyan. “Now the Commission often accuse the observers when they require the fulfillment of the law. To prove in court, how all was actually, usually extremely difficult, as the Commission will play the role of the Prosecutor and the witness will provide,” — said the expert.
The amendments excluded from the law on basic guarantees of electoral rights, the duty of the election Commission to provide notification and the opportunity of free access of a candidate, electoral Association or their representatives and authorized persons to its meetings and to the premises in which is conducted the counting of votes. This edit does not negate the rights of candidates to attend the meetings of the commissions, and the commissions duty to notify them creates additional costs and the load, said Vyatkin.
Earlier it became known that in the framework of the package of amendments Vyatkina, candidates and non-profit organizations will not be allowed to send to the polling stations its observers as representatives of the media, this initiative was made by all factions. On Wednesday, the relevant Committee approved another innovation: journalists will be allowed to conduct photo and video shooting, only after informing the Chairman, his Deputy or Secretary of the Commission.
Throughout the history of the Russian elections are no problems with the journalists and did not occur just before two Federal elections have a desire to drastically reduce the number of journalists and observers at the polling stations complained Melkonyants.
According to Melkonyants, this harmful amendment against public control of the vote. This can lead to the loss of public trust in the election procedure, the expert warns.
For the candidates, the members decided to make concessions. The size of the election Fund of the candidate nominated in single mandate constituency, will be increased from 15 to 40 million roubles. According to supported by the specialized Committee Vyatkina amendment to the law on elections of deputies of the state Duma, the maximum amount of all expenditures from the election funds of a candidate may not exceed 40 million rubles.
The latest amendment, Melkonyants evaluates positively: it would be Possible to increase the Fund and more up to the lifting of restrictions that rule out most of the money the candidates, summarizes the expert.