On 28 November 2018 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 191st regular meeting.
On the re-election of deputies of Pereslavl-Zalessky Сity Duma
Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev noted that the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation had a number of questions to the activities of the Territorial Election Commission of the City of Pereslavl-Zalessky (Yaroslavl Region) during the re-election of deputies of the Pereslavl-Zalessky Сity Duma for the multi-seat constituency No. 2.
“The TEC of the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky accepted documents from the candidate, registered him and on the basis of shortcomings in the design of these documents the court cancelled the registration and removed the candidate Vitaly Izmestiev from the election campaign,” said Nikolay Bulaev. “When the candidate is removed based on the quality of documents which were considered by the working group while the TEC approved and registered those documents, it means that the Commission works extremely unprofessionally. The natural question is: What's the matter?”
The CEC of Russia was also interested under what circumstances four chairmen of the precinct election commissions out of five involved in these elections were hastily replaced by other people before the vote.
“Early voting is also worth mentioning,” said Nikolay Bulaev. “Let me remind you that the early voting was quite intense. After a group of colleagues from the Election Commission of the Yaroslavl Region left for Pereslavl-Zalessky, the pace of early voting decreased. Nevertheless, according to the results, today we have almost 14% of early voters from the number of those who took part in the vote. The question is: why is the level of early voting so high?”
Nikolay Bulaev also noted that on the website of the movement “Golos” on the day of voting was posted information about the attack on a member of the PEC No. 1105 with the right of advisory vote Vladimir Egorov and asked the election commission of the Yaroslavl Region to comment on this information.
Answering the first question of the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, Chairperson of the Election Commission of the Yaroslavl Region Oleg Zakharov said that “the attitude of the Commission to the verification of documents is apparently negligent.”
“As for the change of chairpersons of precinct commissions, the reason was prosaic – the chairpersons of the four commissions based on the results of the elections simply refused to continue their work. Therefore it was necessary to quickly look for the replacement,” explained Oleg Zakharov. “As for the early voting we at once sent the working group to the place and began to check voters for the reasons, documents confirming that at the voting day they can't come to a polling station. As for the report about the attack on Vladimir Egorov, it is a completely unfounded statement. There were no facts of beating or illegal actions. Police officers offered Egorov to file a report but he refused.”
Nikolay Bulaev suggested that the election commissions of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation discuss the problems with the recruitment of precinct election commissions and the activities of the chairperson of the commissions.
“Let's look for answers to these questions together,” he said. “If there is a problem, let's look for solutions together. The Precinct Election Commission is a key link in the election campaign. And the outcome of the elections largely depends on how it works.”
The CEC of Russia intends to consider in detail the situation that arose during the vote in Pereslavl-Zalessky.
On the transfer of the vacant mandate of the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation
The CEC of Russia decided to transfer the vacant mandate of the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation to the registered candidate to the State Duma from the Federal list of candidates put forward by the political party “all-Russian political party ‘United Russia’”, Boris Mendelevich, to register the deputy and to issue him the certificate on election.
On the Scientific Expert Council at the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation
“The CEC of Russia is set to improve the entire electoral system as a whole. In the process of this work, we have identified three key points,” said the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova. “These are: a modern legal support: a set of laws that would allow everyone to clearly understand and execute them. The second element is technical support. The third is personnel training, improvement of the management system so that the electoral system itself is effective and modern. These elements require careful, serious analysis, balanced and adequate solutions. And in this regard an outside perspective is very important. Therefore, now, when the main emphasis will be on the formation of the legal framework, it is necessary to have such a Council of scientific, public experts, political scientists who would contribute to the formation of the base. On the other hand, the Council could critically evaluate the work of the system itself, thus helping us to formulate a strategy for our actions based on public opinion. Therefore, we tried to invite to the Council people who express different points of view.”
The CEC of Russia decided to form a Scientific Expert Council under the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and to approve the Regulations on the Scientific Expert Council. Member of the CEC of Russia Evgenia Orlova will coordinate the work of the Council.
On the structure of the Administrative Office of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation
“We are working very rapidly, every day presents new challenges. Therefore, the Administrative Office of the CEC of Russia should be as dynamic as possible,” said Ella Pamfilova. “The current stage of restructuring completes the internal processes, the previous intermediate stages of reorganization. I would like to stress that everything is happening within the budget allocated to us. This is just an internal reorganization related to the priorities that the CEC of Russia is building.”
The Commission decided to approve the structure of the Administrative Office of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and to put it into effect from 1 February 2019.