On 23 October 2018 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation is holding a round table on the improvement and development of electoral legislation with representatives of expert community, political parties and the media.
Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova noted that the CEC of Russia has done a lot in two and a half years of its work but there was still a lot to be done.
“We are concerned about further development and improvement of the electoral system. The development and improvement of legislation is the first and key task. We understand that it is difficult to change anything without serious adjustment of legal framework that would meet modern needs of civil society,” said Ella Pamfilova.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia called the organizational support and staffing of the electoral system and the quality of formation and training of election commissions the second task of this development. “The CEC of Russia is doing all this in the framework of its competence, but I believe that at the legislative level some adjustments may be made,” she said.
Ella Pamfilova called the importance of modern technical equipment of electoral system the third strategic task of development. “Modern technologies are the most important element of creating maximum transparency. In the near future the CEC of Russia will organize an unprecedented event with the participation of the best domestic experts in the IT sphere,” she said.
At the same time, the Chairperson stressed that all actions to implement these tasks should be carried out in a coordinated manner. Therefore, despite the fact that the CEC of Russia is not a subject of legislative initiative, it is the driving force of this process, and the event organized by the CEC of Russia is a platform for discussion with the expert community and political parties on topical issues of improving the electoral system. Such interaction is the key to the development of the electoral system as a whole.
“I want to discuss today the strategic directions of development, technical infrastructure of the system, simplification of registration of candidates, the optimal timing for a single voting day and other important topics. The CEC of Russia will not impose its point of view. We will systematize all proposals made, even if they represent polar points of view. The results of our today's work will be presented at the Working group on improving the electoral legislation and process established in the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation,” explained Ella Pamfilova.
The Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russia Federation expressed hope that a number of well-reasoned proposals would be heard by legislators and adopted before the new electoral cycle.
Representatives of parliamentary and other political parties are invited to participate in the discussion. Representatives of the Association of NGOs for Protection of Electoral Rights “Civil Control”, the All-Russian Public Movement “Corps “For Clean Elections”, the Movement “Russia Chooses”, the Movement "Golos", the Fund for the Development of Public Relations “St. Petersburg Policy”, the Association of Observers “National Public Monitoring” and other organizations monitoring the elections are also scheduled to speak.