Central Election Commission of Russian Federation held 190th meeting

23.11.2018

On 21 November 2018 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 190th regular meeting.

On the candidate for the position of the Chairperson of the Election Commission of the Moscow Region

The CEC of Russia proposed Ilya Berezkin for the post of the Chairperson of the Election Commission of the Moscow Region.

The decision was made unanimously.

On the Clarifications of some questions of accounting of financing of election campaigns of political parties and candidates

“The draft Clarifications is a collection of provisions related to the financing of election campaigns of candidates and electoral associations and is based on the Federal Law ‘On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in the referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation,’” explained Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev. “The Clarifications include such issues as the creation of election funds, the production of and payment for subscription lists, the length of the campaign period and other issues. We believe that the proposed clarifications will be useful, first of all, to candidates who have no experience in participating in the elections.”

The CEC of Russia approved Clarifications of some questions of accounting of financing of election campaigns of political parties and candidates during preparation and conduct of elections in the Russian Federation.

Participation in the US election observation mission

International observer for the Russian Federation in the mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) Boris Diakonov spoke about the experience of participation in the mission of international observation of the preparation of midterm elections to the US Congress.

During the elections, which took place in 48 States, the lower house of Congress – the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate were completely re-elected. International observers had been monitoring the elections for five days.

“There is a distributed system of electoral bodies in the USA,” said Boris Diakonov. “There is no single body that holds Federal elections. At the Federal level there is an Electoral Assistance Commission whose task is to explain and inform about activities in the electoral process. The Federal Election Commission does not organize elections but is solely responsible for the control of the finances that are spent during election campaigns.”

Boris Diakonov spoke about many nuances of the election campaign to Congress including the mechanism of financing of candidates and their campaigning activities, as well as the methods of voting of American voters. He drew attention to the fact that the US was not familiar with the OSCE ODIHR mission, international experts were not involved in monitoring the vote count, and “inflated hysteria about cybersecurity and interference in elections with electronic means had led to the fact that people wanted to vote with paper ballots.”