On 10 April 2019 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 200th regular meeting.
On transfer of the vacant mandate of the Deputy of the State Duma
According to the decision of the CEC of Russia vacant mandate of the Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation was transferred to a registered candidate from the Federal list of candidates nominated by the political party “Communist party of the Russian Federation” Mikhail Berulava.
The Secretary of the CEC of Russia Maya Grishina recalled that the Communist party did not use the 14-day period of its right to submit a proposal to transfer the mandate for the candidate in the proper form. In accordance with the method of distribution of Deputy mandates, the mandate was transferred to the first registered candidate from the Federal list of the Communist party, that is to Peter Medvedev, in order of priority, but he refused to take the mandate. In connection with the refusal of Peter Medvedev to obtain a Deputy mandate, the CEC of Russia decided to consider the mandate vacant.
The question of priority of transferring the mandate was considered by the court. Ella Pamfilova said that the CEC of Russia deliberately postponed the transfer of the Deputy mandate until the court makes a decision.
The CEC of Russia made a separate decision to register Berulava Mikhail Nikolaevich as a Deputy of the State Duma of the seventh convocation.
During the meeting, the CEC of Russia considered the draft Procedure for organizing voting at digital polling stations in the city of Federal importance Moscow during the elections on 8 September 2019.
The Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev has presented the project of the order of organization of voting at digital polling stations in the city of Moscow during the election on 8 September 2019. He spoke about the planned experiment that will allow all nonresident voters who are in Moscow on 8 September to vote in the by-elections of Deputies of the State Duma in single-seat constituencies, as well as in the gubernatorial elections taking place in their regions.
The Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia noted that voting at digital polling stations will be as open as possible, and the main task is to provide voters with the opportunity to use their active voting rights regardless of their location.
By 2021 it is planned to create 5 000 such digital sites throughout the Russian Federation. If the experiment takes root, the voters will be able to vote in the elections of their region from anywhere in Russia.
The CEC of Russia approved a Set of measures to train the organizers of the elections and other participants in the electoral process, to improve the legal culture of voters for 2019-2021.
“The presented document is one of the basics for further work of the CEC of Russia, since the increase of the legal culture of voters is one of the tasks of the Central Election Commission and all lower level commissions,” reported the Secretary of the CEC of Russia Maya Grishina. “It has organizational and financial character. This is a reference point for regional and lower level electoral commissions in the work of training participants in the electoral process and improving their legal culture.”
The election commissions of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation are instructed to develop and carry out annual activities to train the organizers of elections and improve the legal culture of voters.
The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation considered and approved changes to the Procedure of accreditation of representatives of mass media. In particular, the procedure for accreditation of media representatives to work at polling stations on a single voting day has been simplified. Now the accreditation certificate belonging to the journalist who left the publication can be reissued to another employee of this media.
Ella Pamfilova noted: “The CEC of Russia will not produce even a single proposal that would limit the opportunities of journalists. The observer and the journalist are important persons in the implementation of the strategy of maximum openness and control of the voting procedure by the society.”