Ella Pamfilova: "The electoral system is 100% ready for elections"


On 9 September 2020 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 267th regular meeting.

On the eve of the single voting day, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, spoke about the readiness of the electoral system for the elections.

"This campaign and a single voting day should be held as efficiently, transparently, openly and honestly as ever. This will be a natural result of our efforts over several years," said the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia.

Ella Pamfilova stressed that current campaign is one of the most difficult for a number of factors.

"It is very multi–variant," explained the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia. "First of all, we are holding a single voting day in the context of a pandemic. It was necessary to almost completely change the approaches to the organization of voting. The second factor is the continuity of the tasks that we solved. An unprecedented event­ – the Nationwide Vote on the Amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation – was immediately replaced by preparations for a single voting day. The third factor is the imposition of previous legislation on the measures that we have taken to ensure the safety of citizens' health. And in order to ensure that these rules do not conflict with the procedures proposed by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, we had to work seriously with observers and to eliminate a number of collisions."

The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia noted that the priority of the electoral system remained the same - safety of citizens. The tasks of ensuring the legitimacy and reliability of the election results have also remained unchanged.

"We have done everything to conduct the campaign successfully. We coped with all the challenges. Therefore, I can confidently report on the full readiness of the Russian electoral system for a single voting day," said Ella Pamfilova.

The Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation said that on a single voting day on 13 September 2020, more than nine thousand election campaigns of all levels will be held in 83 regions of the Russian Federation (with the exception of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic and St. Petersburg).

More than 78 thousand deputy mandates and elected positions will be filled. 171 thousand candidates were nominated. More than 130,000 of them are from 36 political parties and about 40,000 are self-nominated. 156 thousand candidates were registered (91%). Just over 8,000 candidates (4.8%) were denied registration.