On 7 April 2020, Secretary of the CEC of Russia Maya Grishina took part in a round table on the issue of postponing voting in elections, and referendums in the period of hightened preparedness for or emergency situations, in particular during the spread of a new coronavirus infection. The discussion was held in an online format.
Representatives of the expert community in the field of electoral law and process discussed the decision of the CEC of Russia, adopted at the meeting of the Commission on 3 April 2020, to postpone all scheduled elections and referendums on the relevant territory in a number of regions of the Russian Federation for the period of hightened preparedness for or emergency.
Secretary of the CEC of Russia Maya Grishina said that in the difficult epidemiological situation, the lawmakers quickly adopted a law that provides for changes in the Russian electoral legislation in terms of giving election commissions the power to postpone elections in hightened preparedness for or emergency situations.
"If the issue concerned only a local situation, it would be enough to address it at the level of the subject of the Russian Federation," explained Maya Grishina. – But since the current situation affected 37 regions of the Russian Federation, it is obvious from the provisions of the law that in this case the decision should be made by the CEC of Russia, which was done on the basis of motivated appeals from regional election commissions and decisions taken by the authorities of the relevant regions."
Based on the requirements of the law and the decision taken by the CEC of Russia, the resumption of electoral actions will take place separately in each region.
"Resumption of electoral procedures is possible if there are no longer any obstacles to it. The decision to resume the campaign will be made by the Commission which is organizing the elections, but with the participation of the CEC of Russia," Maya Grishina said.