The CEC is thinking about creating a universal election commissions

The CEC is thinking about creating a universal election commissions


Four ways

The Central election Commission (CEC) discussed four options for replacing absentee ballots, said the head of the expert Commission of the CEC Andrey Buzin.

“Statements about voting at the location can be submitted either through precinct election commissions (PECs) or through the territorial Commission (the TEC) or via a universal election Commission or through the government services website,” explained Buzin.

That the CEC discuss these areas, confirmed a source at the Central Commission. In a press-service of the CEC said that there are working out and the option of online government services and the option of applying through the Ticks at the location.

The main thing when applying in the TECs and PECs to members komissii didn’t forget and managed to cross off voters from one of the lists and submit to the other, said co-chair of the movement in defense of voters ‘ rights “Golos” Gregory Melkonyants.

In order to change the electoral law should be drafted amendments to the law “On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in referendum of citizens”.

In early March of this year senators Andrei Klishas and Anatoly Shirokov submitted to the state Duma a package of amendments, which, in particular, implies the elimination of the absentee ballots, but did not specify what will come of them in return. The amendments were adopted at first reading on 4 April. When the proposals of the CEC will be decorated, they can become a Supplement to the package of amendments Klishas and Shirokova and submitted them for consideration in the second reading, said a source in the CEC.

The new Commission

The universal fee is a new kind of election commissions, which can appear in Russia for the presidential elections, said a member of expert group under CEC Arkady lyubarev. Such commissions, he said, can be created in Tiki.

After the counting of votes in Moscow city Duma

Photo: Artyom Geodakyan / TASS

“Universal commissions will be able to vote without voters pre-filed statements [about voting not at the place of residence]”, — explained the expert of the differences between universal commissions, Tics and Mikami.

In the case of universal commissions it is important to exclude double voting when a person first filled out a ballot in the universal fee and then another fee at the place of registration, said Melkonyants.

Multiple voting is possible, says Lobarev, as each vote will be entered into a single database that will allow Commission members to quickly cross off the voters lists of election commissions at the place of residence and submit them to the lists for the areas where they want to vote.

To prevent double voting, voters can vote to ban universal commissions in localities where they are registered, and in the neighboring place of residence regions, said lyubarev. In these circumstances, potential violators of the law simply will not be able to get to their place of residence to vote twice, said the expert.

Other options

Ways to cancel absentee ballots were discussed at the meeting of the Duma Committee on state construction and law Tuesday, April 4. Who attended the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina said that the Commission has decided on the option that assumes that the statement to not vote at the place of residence can be submitted no earlier than 45 days and not later than three days before the election, said attending the meeting, the correspondent .

All statements will be entered into a single database, and to the precinct election Commission will be informed about voters who decide to not vote at the place of residence, said Grishin. And for those who will be forced suddenly to leave after a three-day period, are versatile areas which, according to the calculations of the CEC, can be about 200-300, she said.

Informed sources said that the final decision on the reform of the absentee ballots will be accepted until the beginning of April. It was assumed that the abolition of the absentee needs to boost turnout in the presidential election, to increase the credibility of the voters and to exclude the possibility of “carousels”, when a group of voters organized to vote by absentee certificates in several areas.

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