On 18 December 2019, a regular meeting of the CEC of Russia was held.
During the meeting, the issue of coordinating the formation of territorial election commissions in St. Petersburg was considered.
Chairman of the St. Petersburg Electoral Commission Viktor Minenko reported on the implementation of measures recommended by the CEC of Russia that are aimed at reforming the electoral system of the city, and asked to consider the appeal of the City Electoral Commission on coordinating the formation of territorial election commissions in St. Petersburg, the number of which should be increased from 30 to 64.
“The reform of the electoral system of St. Petersburg will meet the demands of the voters of our city, - said Victor Minenko. - The Governor of St. Petersburg has already given instructions on the material and technical support of the work of the TECs, including the equipment of the premises. Work on the transfer of authority of the election commissions of the municipalities of St. Petersburg to the TECs will require an individual approach.”
Victor Minenko emphasized that all created territorial commissions will be endowed with the status of a legal entity, and state positions are provided for TEC chairmen.
“The issue of forming a TEC is a major step towards bringing the election system of St. Petersburg to the format that exists in the vast majority of constituent entities of the Russian Federation,” said Nikolai Bulaev, Deputy Chairman of the CEC of Russia. “The decision is not simple, but it is of great importance for the formation of a new image of the electoral system of the city that meets the spirit of the times and the scope of the tasks.”
After hearing the report of Viktor Minenko, the CEC of Russia agreed with the proposal of the St. Petersburg Electoral Commission to form 34 territorial election commissions in St. Petersburg.
In connection with the early termination of authority of a Member of the Election Commission of the Pskov Region with a decisive vote, the CEC of Russia decided to invite the Governor of the Pskov Region to appoint Igor Sopov as a Member of the Pskov Regional Electoral Commission.
The CEC of Russia took note and approved the budget allocation for federal budget expenditures for 2020 and for the planning period 2021 and 2022.
The CEC of Russia amended the Instructions on the Procedure for Opening and Maintaining Accounts, Accounting, Reporting and Transferring Funds Allocated from the Federal Budget of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, Other Election Commissions, Referendum commissions.
The CEC of Russia approved the Plan of the Main Activities of the Federal State-Owned Institution “Federal Center for Informatization under the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation” on the use, operation and development of the State Automated System of the Russian Federation “Elections” for 2020.