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Source: Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University – Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University –

On February 28, at the Technopolis Polytech research building, a meeting between the SPbPU team and the secretary of the St. Petersburg Election Commission Ekaterina Astafieva took place. She spoke about the dates, places, times, and methods of voting in the elections of the President of the Russian Federation. The event took place as part of the ongoing information campaign ahead of the most important elections in our country.

The discussion was attended by vice-rectors of SPbPU, directors of Polytechnic institutes, heads of structural divisions, teachers and other employees. At the beginning of her speech, Ekaterina Astafieva, on behalf of the St. Petersburg Election Commission, congratulated the Polytechnic University on its 125th anniversary and thanked her for the opportunity to speak to the team.

In March 2024, the most important elections will be held that will determine the future fate of the country – the elections of the President of the Russian Federation. The President is elected on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot. Participation in elections is free and voluntary. All citizens of Russia who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote, recalled Ekaterina Viktorovna.

The meeting participants learned that in addition to the St. Petersburg Election Commission, 64 territorial and 1,947 precinct election commissions are involved in organizing and conducting elections of the President of the Russian Federation in the city.

Additionally, 47 polling stations have been organized in medical institutions, at the Moscow and Ladozhsky railway stations, at Pulkovo airport, and one polling station is also provided at the “Center for Registration and Social Services for Citizens of the Russian Federation without a fixed place of residence.” In addition, sites have been created at three scientific expedition vessels and seven polar stations.

For the convenience of voters, various forms of voting are provided. The simplest and most common thing is to come to the polling station and get a ballot. Citizens who are unable to get to their polling station for health reasons or other valid reasons will be able to vote at home. To do this, you need to submit a written application or notify the precinct election commission (PEC) by phone from March 7 to 14:00 on March 17. You can do this personally or through relatives, neighbors, social workers.

Voting will last for three days: March 15, 16, 17, from 8:00 to 20:00. You can vote at any polling station, regardless of registration. To use the Mobile Voter mechanism, you need to select a convenient polling station and submit an application for inclusion in the voter list at its address. From January 29 to March 11, this can be done at any MFC, territorial election commission or on the State Services portal, and from March 6 to 11 – at the precinct election commission,” noted Ekaterina Astafieva.

To submit an application to the MFC to select a polling station, you will need a passport or temporary identity card. After filling out the application, the citizen will be given a detachable part with the address of the selected polling station and the telephone number of the PEC. In the territorial election commission (TEC), the procedure follows the same scheme. If you choose a polling station through State Services, then if you are not registered on the portal, you need to register, then in the special section “Elections of the President of the Russian Federation” find a suitable polling station and then follow the instructions on the website. As a result, a part of the application will be generated with the address of the precinct and the phone number of the PEC, which can be printed. Ekaterina Viktorovna told us what actions need to be taken in order to withdraw the application and change the site again.

Polytechnicians also learned about the new project of the Russian Central Election Commission “InformUIK”. It provides for targeted information and notification of voters about the dates, times, places and forms of voting in the upcoming elections, including using a special mobile application. Ekaterina Viktorovna emphasized that the project is being implemented in St. Petersburg for the first time.

At the meeting, useful digital services were discussed, for example, a chat bot in a telegram channel, as well as the organization of video surveillance, cases of emergency situations, protection of public order and voting premises. Particular attention was paid to the activities of observers.

Polytechnicians were interested in whether there were polling stations near the university. It turned out that such a site would operate in the SPbPU building on Novorossiyskaya Street, 48. They also talked about how employees of organizations can become members of the election commission, how citizens without permanent registration can vote, what the status of volunteers is, and much more.

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