Media: polling stations in Moscow can be equipped with video cameras

Media: polling stations in Moscow can be equipped with video cameras

MOSCOW, February 15. Polling stations in Moscow can be equipped with video cameras to the election of deputies of the state Duma in 2016. About this newspaper “Izvestia” with reference to press Secretary of the mayor of Moscow Gulnara Penkova.

“We do not exclude the necessity of conducting works on equipping the polling stations with video cameras”, – she emphasized. According to preliminary calculations, the deployment of the surveillance system will need 700-800 million rubles Camcorder will allow millions of voters from across Russia to ensure the quality of elections in the capital through a special website, as well as to monitor the absence of fraud in the online mode.

“This issue is almost solved. Anybody should not remain doubts that the elections can take place honestly and openly. Video surveillance system is the most simple and effective method to ensure the professional organization of the elections and their honest conduct,” – said “Izvestia” a source in the Moscow mayor’s office. According to the interlocutor of the newspaper, the cameras will be installed in Moscow, because the capital organized a working infrastructure, and therefore, will not require significant budgetary infusions in a difficult economic period.

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In the presidential administration “news” have confirmed that a tacit decision has been made, and it comes from the need to improve the legitimacy and transparency of the electoral process.

First polling stations equipped with video cameras in the presidential election in March 2012 on the initiative of Vladimir Putin. Then the government allocated 13 billion rubles for equipping Rostelecom 182 polling stations by thousands of cameras, own funds in the amount of 7 billion rubles were allocated by the Corporation itself.

Under current law, the regions have the right to organise online broadcasts from polling stations on election at its discretion. Due to the economic problems of recent years, regional authorities often refused to include in the budgets of the elections means for the video. The authorities of Moscow in the elections last year provided the polling stations with cameras in 500 million rubles taking into account inflation it is possible to assume that spending on election observation in this year will grow.