The introduction of the mixed system of elections to the state Duma speaks about the liberalization of the electoral legislation in the country, according to the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko. According to her, the system will provide a stronger link of deputies with voters.
MOSCOW, 28 Oct. The Federation Council approved on Wednesday the law on approving the scheme “slicing” the constituencies for elections to the state Duma for the next ten years.
In 2014 was adopted the law on the return to the mixed system of elections to the state Duma, which provides for the election of deputies by party lists and in single member constituencies (225). In early September the Central election Commission passed in the state Duma a “sliced” single-member districts for the elections of 2016, the head of the constitutional and Federal committees Vladimir Pligin and Viktor kidyaev (both EP) has prepared a bill of approval for ten years.
According to the project, most districts will be in Moscow (15), the suburbs (11) and St. Petersburg (eight). Seven constituencies will be formed in Sverdlovskaya region, six — in Bashkiria and Tatarstan.
According to the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, the introduction of a mixed system of elections to the state Duma speaks about further liberalization of the electoral legislation in the Russian Federation. “This system, in my opinion, will provide a stronger link of deputies with voters and increase the degree of taking into account the views of the population,” she told reporters.
The introduction of the mixed system of elections to the state Duma, said Matviyenko, will increase voter turnout at elections of all levels. “The composition of the state Duma will qualitatively change, its responsibility for the implementation of mandates to citizens will increase,” she predicts.