The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova opened the all-Russian meeting with chairpersons of election commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation devoted to preparation and carrying out elections in single voting day on 8 September 2019.
In her speech, Ella Pamfilova spoke about the main achievements of the electoral system, formulated the tasks to be solved on the eve of the elections, and also focused the attention of the chairpersons of the regional election commissions on a number of issues in electoral practice.
“3 years of the election cycle, which began in 2016, have passed and today we can sum up some interim results of our work,” said the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia. “First, here is what we managed to do. We built constructive interaction both within the system of election commissions and with all external partners – public authorities, parties, public associations, observers, the journalistic community. Effective, mutually beneficial communications only strengthen and develop our work.”
Ella Pamfilova noted that the electoral system during the presidential elections of the Russian Federation in 2018 proved that it can function in a mode of full openness and transparency and is able to solve issues even in the conditions of numerous negative external factors.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia spoke about the results of the analysis of the election commissions over the past three years, the dynamics in the composition of the commissions, in particular – a significant decrease in the share of representatives of administrations in the election commissions.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia touched upon the issue of early voting and said that at the moment the number of early voters rarely exceeds 1 percent of the number of voters included in the voter lists. For comparison, in the elections in the United States in 2018 the percentage of early voting in the states, where such a procedure is provided, amounted to 40 percent of the total number of voters.
The practice of voting at home was considered separately. Ella Pamfilova said that in the last Federal elections, on average, no more than 6 percent of voters voted outside the polling station. In 2012, the figure was 8.22 per cent, and in some cases exceeded 30 per cent.
“We are improving the voting at home system, trying not to forget anyone who needs help, and not to allow this procedure to become a basis for violations. I believe that we have achieved success in providing an accessible environment for voting,” said the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.
In her speech, Ella Pamfilova noted the positive practice of election commissions on the creation of information monitoring centers, where even the toughest critics of the electoral system are invited. “There will be no elections without observers, do not even hope for such elections! Therefore, it is necessary to build such interaction with the observer community, so that voters benefit from our joint actions,” she said.
“During this period we have managed to significantly increase the credibility of the elections but this is not time to rest. We all have to work together and work in this direction,” Ella Pamfilova said.
In her report, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia paid particular attention to the practice of video surveillance in the elections and expressed confidence that this electoral standard will be maximally applied by the regions on a single voting day.
“It is good that we managed to introduce new electoral standards in the shortest possible time, many of which are unique in the world practice,” Ella Pamfilova emphasized. “Our task is to create the best electoral system in the world. We must believe that everything will work out because it is necessary for our society and our country.”