Source: Russian Federation Government 2
On 23 June 2020 the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held its 254th regular meeting.
Opening the meeting, Ella Pamfilova, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, spoke about the readiness to hold a nationwide vote on approving changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
Ella Pamfilova thanked all employees of the electoral system for their work.
“On 1 July, the all-Russian vote on approval of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation will take place. And we will have an all-Russian vote in the six preceding days. We have come to these days fully prepared,” said the head of the Commission. “The CEC of Russia has adopted all the necessary regulations that define the voting procedure and regulate the activities of election commissions that are entrusted with the authority to organize and conduct all-Russian voting, including abroad.”
All-Russian voting on the territory of Russia will be conducted by 85 election commissions of the subjects of the Russian Federation, 2769 territorial election commissions, and more than 96.5 thousand precinct commissions. More than 2.5 thousand precinct commissions were formed in additional precincts created in places of temporary stay of voters. As a result there were formed: more than 1,1 thousand polling stations in clinics, hospitals and other medical institutions; 24 in remote or hard to reach areas; 8 at polar stations; 862 on ships that are sailing on the day of voting. In addition, 213 sites were formed at enterprises with a continuous work cycle.
On voting abroad
Ella Pamfilova said that, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 254 polling stations in 144 foreign countries were formed to conduct nationwide voting abroad. The largest number of polling stations was formed in such countries as Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, and Tajikistan – 6 PSs each.
On the end of the application acceptance period
Ella Pamfilova reminded that 21 June marked the end of the period for accepting applications for voting at the location and applications for participation in remote electronic voting.
“We received 3,767,293 applications to vote at the location. 1,416,141 were received using Public Services portal, 236,570 through the multi functional centres, 551,073 through territorial election commissions, 1,563,509 through precinct election commissions,” said the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia. “Applications for participation in remote electronic voting, which, let me remind you, will be held only for residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region, were submitted by 1,215,926 voting participants. This number includes 1,075,488 in Moscow and 140,438 in the Nizhny Novgorod region.”
On voters with health limitations
Ella Pamfilova drew the attention of the commissions to the need to pay attention to people with health limitations who for one reason or another can not come to the voting room.
“It is especially important to reach those people who are disabled and due to their health condition cannot reach the voting premises themselves,” stressed the head of the CEC of Russia. “The website of the CEC of Russia contains a Memo on the voting procedure for disabled voting participants, including in audio format. We prepared informational videos with subtitles, which are sent to the all-Russian society of the deaf for placement on the website on the Internet.”
The head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation noted that the CEC of Russia is traditionally assisted in informing citizens with disabilities about the procedure and methods of voting by all-Russian public organizations of the disabled and the Russian state library for the blind.
On video surveillance at the all-Russian vote
Ella Pamfilova reported that as of 22 June 345,275 observers were registered.
“We assume that there will be more than 500 thousand of them,” said the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia. “Following the results of the meeting of the Advisory platform in the CEC of Russia, held on 18 June, based on proposals made by representatives of the scientific and expert community, the Public chamber of the Russian Federation recommended that the heads of regional chambers extend the deadline for accepting documents for appointment observers until 29 June, in order to allow a wide range of people to carry out public monitoring of the all-Russian vote.”