On 17 December 2019, Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova met with the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE / ODIHR) Inhibjerg Solrun Gisladottir.
The OSCE / ODIHR Director expressed interest in exchanging views on the recommendations of the Bureau contained in its final report on the election of the President of the Russian Federation. In addition, she expressed interest in possible changes in the Russian election legislation and expressed a desire to learn more about them.
Ella Pamfilova replied that the CEC of Russia was ready to substantively discuss all the problems at any convenient time. “We have great respect for the OSCE and are ready to discuss all issues,” she emphasized.
Speaking about possible changes in the electoral law, Ella Pamfilova said that the CEC of Russia has prepared a number of amendments that will be considered in the near future.
“Our initiatives include expanding the capabilities of public observers, reducing the municipal filter, simplifying the mechanism for collecting and verifying signatures in support of candidates, increasing the responsibility of members of municipal commissions,” explained the Chairman of the CEC of Russia. “In addition, we have a number of proposals to improve transparency of the electoral process through technical innovations that will eliminate the human factor.”
Ella Pamfilova emphasized that the development of new technologies in the electoral process leaves fewer opportunities for the use of administrative resources, increases the competitiveness of elections and public confidence in them.
“Largely because of this, the situation in the regions has changed a lot over the past three years. What was happening in 2015-2016 is now impossible,” said the Head of the Commission.
Inhibjerg Solrun Gisladottir noted that there is much to learn from the work of the CEC of Russia. In her opinion, new technologies could become a topic for discussion between members of the Central Election Commission and electoral experts of the Bureau.