Ella Pamfilova: "We have provided unprecedented opportunities for all participants of the electoral process"


On 11 September 2020, as part of the work of the Information center, the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, spoke about the main indicators of elections on a single voting day.

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). These are by-elections of deputies of the State Duma in four single-seat constituencies, elections of heads of regions in 18 subjects of the Russian Federation, elections of legislative bodies of 11 regions, deputies of city councils of capitals of 22 regions, and thousands of municipal campaigns up to tiny rural settlements with dozens of voters.

More than 78 thousand deputy mandates and elected positions will be filled. Almost 171 thousand candidates were nominated. More than 130,000 of them are from 36 political parties and about 40,000 are self-nominated," said Ella Pamfilova. "155 thousand candidates are registered. Just over 8,000 candidates were denied registration. About seven thousand people lost their candidate status for various reasons."

The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia reported that 237,421 observers, who provided information to the commissions in a timely manner, were sent to the polling stations. Among them 95,805 observers were appointed from political parties, 85,598 observers from candidates, 56,018 observers from the Public chamber of the Russian Federation or from the public chambers of constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

"Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the observation. We have provided unprecedented opportunities for all participants in the electoral process, parties, and self-nominees. We have opened our doors wide," stressed Ella Pamfilova.

Anna Popova, head of the Federal service for supervision of consumer rights protection and human well-being, took part in the work of the Information center. She stressed the importance of observing health safety requirements during voting.

"As part of this task, we form our recommendations and build our work. Our experience shows that the measures that we have provided for and that are strictly implemented at all polling stations are certainly effective and give their results," said Anna Popova. "The Nationwide Vote showed absolute safety of the voting procedure. We preserved the health of citizens, and they had the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. The current situation is similar to that of the summer. Rospotrebnadzor took an active part in the preparation of polling stations for a single voting day, and the started procedure demonstrates that all security requirements at polling stations are met."