TASS, 15 Dec. The electoral system of the Russian Federation is fully prepared for the election of the President. This was stated by the head of the CEC, Ella Pamfilova.
“Electoral system of Russia, which includes 780 thousand of our citizens are fully prepared [for the elections]. We have been training to run a campaign so that none of us were ashamed that we are proud of this campaign,” she said at a Federation Council meeting.
Pamfilova noted that one of the most important features of the campaign will be the abolition of the so-called election of serfdom. Now people have the opportunity to vote without absentee ballots at any polling station. This will need advance apply.
According to Pamfilova, Russia is fulfilling the recommendations of the OSCE in the field of elections, much better than many countries with developed democracy. “Ironically, we the recommendations of the OSCE performed much better detail and better educated than many so-called developed countries democracy,” she told reporters.
For example, according to Pamfilova, Germany does not provide for international monitoring on elections, “and problems in this area quite a lot – and for transparency, and funding, and the period of agitation.”
Pamfilova said that in the six years since the last presidential elections created favourable conditions for a competitive campaign. The CEC head believes that this time it was significantly liberalized election laws and created conditions for competition.
“In the six years since the last presidential election, we did make the most liberalized laws regarding the election of the President, have created favorable conditions for party building, thus creating a serious competitive environment for candidates of the political parties and independent candidates”, she said.
The Central election Commission of Russia on 18 December will hold a meeting which will approve the calendar plan of the election campaign for President. Earlier, the Federation Council adopted a resolution on appointment of presidential elections on 18 March 2018. The resolution must be published within five days. By law, it is the official publication gives the start of the election campaign from this point are counted by all the election action.
Pamfilova said that the resolution on purpose of elections will be published on Monday, December 18. “Since the 18th, we will be receiving funding [on the organization of the election campaign]”, she added.
Earlier it was reported that for the elections, the CEC allocated 14.9 billion rubles.
Who participates in the elections
To declare presidential ambitions of some politicians began to advance. So, Apple in 2016 in preparation for the elections to the state Duma announced the intention to nominate for President one of the founders of the party Grigory Yavlinsky.
LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky announced plans to participate in the elections at the party Congress a year ago, then the leadership of the party confirmed that decision the day before the start of the campaign.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has long kept me wondering and said that he will run for another term, shortly before the start of the campaign – December 6, during a meeting with veterans and workers of the Gorky automobile plant in Nizhny Novgorod. During a press conference on 14 December he said that will go to elections as the independent candidate. In the “United Russia” has informed that will give him full support.
The leaders of the Communist party and “Fair Russia” is silent about participation in the presidential race. Communist Gennady Zyuganov said earlier that he, as leader of the party, must always be ready to participate in the elections, but the decision of the Congress. In any case, according to the politician, to the presidential elections the Communist party will go by a large team of people’s Patriotic forces.
The Chairman “Fair Russia” Sergei Mironov said recently that the party positively to the nomination of Vladimir Putin. He urged journalists to think that “Mironov prepares a surprise” in the elections. Member of the Presidium of the Central Council of the party, first Deputy head of fraction spravorossov in the state Duma Mikhail Emelyanov noted that the party will either nominate its own candidate or support Putin.
In addition, presidential elections intend to participate representative of the President on protection of entrepreneurs ‘ rights, Chairman of the Party of growth Boris Titov, the political scientist, the head of the Center for social technologies Andrey Bogdanov, TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak (from the party “Civil initiative”), the Chairman of the party “Female dialogue” Elena Semerikova, businessman Sergei Polonsky, singer and human rights activist Catherine Gordon, and some unknown to the broad public figures.