On 20 March 2018 Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova took part in the Public Observers Forum organized by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
Chairperson of the CEC of Russia stated the recent legislative amendments made public observation of elections as convenient and welcomed as possible, while giving observers more freedom. “Civic chambers have trained over 146,000 observers. According to our preliminary data, 156,000 observers monitored the election on 18 March. This army of observers helped us raise election openness to the maximum. Independent observers who represent no parties or candidates protect public interest and constitutional rights of the citizens,” Ella Pamfilova stated.
Russia’s Public Chamber Secretary Valery Fadeyev has said that while preparing for and running of the Russian presidential election, the Public Chamber signed 1,866 agreements with public organizations. As many as 750 events, including those of educational nature, were conducted across the country. On the day of the vote, 300 volunteers worked at the Situation Center. They accepted 1,723 reports on alleged violations. As much as 80% of the reports have not been confirmed, while part of actual violations—like camera shifts, for instance—could be eliminated immediately, and some facts are still being looked into.
“It was an important and ambitious project. I think that public observers made a significant contribution to the quality of the voting process,” Valery Fadeyev said.
Ella Pamfilova has thanked the public vote observation organizers and called them to proceed with the job. “We must not stop,” she said. “We are to do a serious comprehensive analysis of the public observation results and use it to make suggestions to further adjust the election law and process. We should keep on learning and never stop growing.”
Along with Ella Pamfilova and Valery Fadeyev, the Forum welcomed other participants, such as Chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Constitutional Law and State-Building Andrei Klishas, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Civil, Criminal, Arbitration, and Procedural Law Pavel Krasheninnikov, and others. A panel discussion “Public Observation at Voting Stations: Lessons Learnt” with the CEC of Russia Alexander Kinyov as co-moderator took place at the Forum.