Source: Russian Federation Government 2
On 19 June 2020 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 253rd regular meeting.
Opening the meeting, Ella Pamfilova, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, commented on a number of important issues related to the upcoming all-Russian vote.
On submitting applications for inclusion in the list of voting participants
Ella Pamfilova said that as of 19 June 947,000 applications were submitted for inclusion in the list of participants of remote electronic voting on the approval of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation in Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region. In addition, more than 1.5 million applications for voting at the location were submitted through the “Mobile voter” mechanism and about 80 thousand applications were received for voting at home.
On observation at the all-Russian vote
Ella Pamfilova stressed that all voting procedures must be attended by observers.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia asked the Public chamber to extend the deadline for accepting applications until 30 June and simplify the procedure for appointing observers. “It is necessary to maximize the opportunities for those who want to participate in public monitoring,” said Ella Pamfilova.
On video surveillance at the all-Russian vote
Ella Pamfilova noted that today about 50 regions are ready to organize video surveillance during the all-Russian vote. It is planned that more than 70 of them will use this technology.
The head of the CEC of Russia stressed that video surveillance is an important standard that ensures transparency and openness of the voting procedure.
On testing of commission members and observers
“We have revised our recommendations with Rospotrebnadzor, including those concerning the system for testing voting organizers on COVID-19. The situation has improved significantly, but it is very different in the regions. The decision on the procedure for testing is made by the election commissions together with the sanitary and epidemiological services, based on the situation in the regions,” said Ella Pamfilova.
On the work of the Information center of the CEC of Russia during the all-Russian voting
Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev said that on 25 June, the Information center for the all-Russian vote on approval of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation will start working in the Central Election Commission.
“The information centre will be open for 8 days from 25 June to 2 July,” informed a member of the CEC of Russia Anton Lopatin. “It is planned that from 25 to 30 June, the information center will be open from 12:00 to 15:00, on 1 July it will work in a continuous mode from 10 am until the availability of the preliminary results of nationwide voting that means until 15:00 on 2 July.”