MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. The head of the Duma faction United Russia, Deputy Chairman of the chamber Sergey Neverov, Vice-speaker of the state Duma from LDPR Igor Lebedev and the Deputy head of the faction “Fair Russia” Oleg Nilov introduced in the environment for consideration of the lower house a bill requiring the CEC to appoint the elections to the state Duma on single-mandate constituency on the single day of voting in September.
“In the event of early termination of powers of the Deputy of the State Duma elected in single-mandate constituency, the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation appoints in this single-mandate constituency by-elections. The voting at such election held subject to the terms of appointment of the elections… soon the second Sunday of September after such early termination of powers”, – stated in the draft law placed in the Duma database.
Currently, the CEC may appoint a by-election to the state Duma on single-mandate constituency on any Sunday during the year since the appearance of the vacant mandate.
As the authors note in the explanatory note, the draft law was developed in order to combine the voting day at elections of the Deputy of the state Duma on single-mandate constituency “with the voting day at elections to bodies of state power of subjects of the Russian Federation, bodies of local self-government.” The single voting day is always held on the second Sunday of September, except for the year the state Duma elections, when all elections are held on the third Sunday of September.
In October, the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina told TASS that the ban on combining elections to the state Duma with the presidential election no, this remains at the discretion of the CEC. Thus, according to her, the Central election Commission has not yet taken a decision on this matter.
How many seats vacant
At the moment in the lower house is not enough three single-seat districts: in October, the Parliament left the former head of the faction “United Russia” Vladimir Vasilyev, appointed acting head of Dagestan, and the United Russia Mikhail Isaev. Summer is gone from the life of the Parliament from single-member districts of the Saratov Oleg Grishchenko.
Previously Deputy Chairman of the CEC of the Russian Federation Nikolai Bulaev reported TASS that the elections in Zavolzhsky district of Tver region, which was elected Vasiliev, you can pass in a single day of voting in September 2018. Isaev also put the mandate in October, therefore, the by-election and its Balashov district of the Saratov region can pass in a single day of voting. And the mandate of the Saratov district became vacant earlier, so these by-elections under the current law can’t be combined with September.
The state Duma was elected under a mixed system: half of the 450 deputies – on party lists and half in single – mandate constituencies. Elections of the lower house of the seventh convocation were held on 18 September 2016.