HRC: only the court can remove from the polling stations observers

HRC: only the court can remove from the polling stations observers

MOSCOW, January 23. New amendments to the electoral legislation, according to preliminary data, can expand the rights of election observers is to remove them from the area will be possible only by court order, but the number of representatives from the party or candidate will be limited.

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About this informed the head of the Commission of the presidential Council on civil society development and human rights (SPCH) the electoral rights Ilya shablinsky.

Analysis of the practice observers

In 2015, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin following the meeting, the HRC ordered the government together with the CEC to review the work of election observers and if necessary make appropriate proposals for improvement of Russian legislation in this sphere. Responsible for carrying were appointed by the first Deputy head of presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin and the head of the CEC Vladimir Churov, the deadline expired on 20 January. The CEC previously reported that conveyed their proposals in December.

According to Shalinskogo, members of the HRC had proposed to exclude from the law norm that the observer party or candidate, as well as the media representative may be removed from the site by the decision of the election Commission.

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“Now there is a project under which such removal (observer) is possible only in a judicial order” – he said. Shablinsky said that media representatives these amendments will not affect them will still be able to withdraw from the area if the Commission decides that they are out of order.

Member of the HRC in General praised this innovation, which will extend and strengthen the rights of observers. “I can’t imagine how it would act, this regulation, if the precinct Commission would be interested in to remove the observer. Whether they will be able to quickly go to court and the judge will render a decision. This also cannot be excluded,” he added.

Amendments may limit the number of observers

Shablinsky said that the amendments may limit the number of observers in the area from one candidate or party. “There should be no more than two,” he said. In addition, according to a member of the HRC, parties and candidates may be required to report on these areas of its observers.

The interlocutor of Agency has noticed that amendments can be made to the law “On basic guarantees of electoral rights” before the election campaign to the state Duma. The law “On elections of deputies of the state Duma” already prohibits the removal of observers without relevant court decision.

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