On 26 February 2018 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its regular meeting.
Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova reported that as of 26 February 2018 applications for inclusion in the list of voters at the actual location during the election of the President of the Russian Federation were filed by 1,167,019 citizens. They will be able to vote in their chosen polling station where they will be on the election day.
Ella Pamfilova expressed her surprise at the fact that three out of four candidates for the President of Russia were absent in the first pre-election radio debates that took place today. Instead of the three candidates, their authorized representatives participated in the debates.
"This is very strange, because some candidates complained that they do not have enough time on the air," Ella Pamfilova said. "If they neglect to use the allocated time, then the air time will be distributed among those who come to participate in the debate."
In connection with the unjustified criticism of the so-called door-to-door visits, Ella Pamfilova said that such visits represent the realization by precinct election commissions of their duties to inform voters about the election of the President of the Russian Federation.
Ella Pamfilova noted that "innovations in the electoral legislation, in particular, voting at the place of actual stay, require additional explanations that members of election commissions can give on the spot."
The CEC of Russia registered authorized representatives for the post of President of the Russian Federation Maxim Suraykin, Grigory Yavlinsky and Vladimir Putin. Also registered were authorized representatives of political parties that nominated candidates for the post of the President of Russia.
The CEC of Russia decided to establish a monitoring group for the use of the state automated system of the Russian Federation "Vybory" in the conduct of the election of the President of the Russian Federation. The group is formed among members of the CEC of Russia.