Ella Pamfilova: “We want our voters to win”

29.05.2019

On 29 May 2019 within the framework of the 202nd meeting of the CEC of Russia, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova spoke about the main aspects of the new electoral cycle.

“The scale of the upcoming elections can be estimated by several figures: in a single voting day over 5 thousand election campaigns of all levels in the territories of 85 subjects of the Russian Federation will be held. About 47 thousand mandates and elected positions will be replaced. More than 56 million citizens will be able to participate in the elections,” said Ella Pamfilova.

Speaking about the participants of the upcoming elections, the head of the CEC of Russia reported that, according to the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation, as of today 61 political parties are registered in Russia, 60 of which have the right to participate in the elections in accordance with the requirements of the Federal law “On political parties.”

Ella Pamfilova reported on the use of technical means of counting votes in the September elections. Thus, it is planned to use 369 electronic complexes during the by-elections of deputies of the State Duma in four single-seat constituencies. 6 217 electronic ballot processing complexes and 85 complexes for electronic voting will be used in the elections of senior officials, deputies of legislative (representative) bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation, heads and deputies of administrative centers. Thus, it is planned to use approximately 50 per cent of the total number of ballot processing complexes on a single voting day.

More than 13.8 thousand premises for voting and territorial election commissions will be equipped with video surveillance. In the by-elections of deputies of the State Duma 84 TECs and 1065 PECs; in the regional elections in 43 subjects of the Russian Federation 845 TECs and 11 859 PECs will be equipped with video surveillance.

The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia informed about the ongoing work to ensure the electoral rights of persons with disabilities.

“The CEC of Russia is doing a great job to ensure the electoral rights of persons with disabilities,” said Ella Pamfilova. “This work will continue, because we believe that this group of voters – millions of citizens with disabilities – should be given maximum attention. This is our direct responsibility.”

Currently, about 90 per cent of the voting facilities are located on the ground floors of buildings. 60 per cent of the premises are fully adapted for the voting of disabled persons with impaired musculoskeletal functions, including wheelchair users. There are ramps, lifting devices, tactile pointers, help call buttons. In 2012 this figure was only 15 per cent.

In conclusion, Ella Pamfilova spoke about the experiments: on the creation of digital polling stations and remote electronic voting in Moscow during the September elections.

The first experiment is for voting at 30 digital polling stations established in the territory of Moscow. Voters who are outside their constituency on the day of voting will be able to vote. The experiment will be held in 4 regions of the Russian Federation with by-elections of deputies of the State Duma of the seventh convocation, as well as in 16 regions where gubernatorial elections are planned.

The second experiment is the organization of remote electronic voting through the portal MOS.RU in the elections to the Moscow city Duma of the seventh convocation. Voters from several electoral districts of Moscow will be able to take part in such voting. Remote electronic voting will become an additional opportunity for voters on par with traditional voting, that is, citizens will be able to choose which method is more convenient for them.

“It is very important that we conduct these experiments, test new technologies, because we do it exclusively in the interests of voters,” said Ella Pamfilova. “We cannot afford to lag behind the current trends that are taking place in the world, in our country. Therefore, we make the most of all the opportunities that are permissible within the framework of the national program “Digital economy of Russia.”