The Central election Commission (CEC) for the presidential elections of 2018 found millions of new voters, according to the site “Zagolovki” in the review of the Russian press devoted to the preparations for the elections. Amendments to electoral legislation will, in particular, the possibility to vote by location in the country or abroad.

The package of amendments senators Andrei Klishas and Anatoly Shirokov, providing for , among other things, increase the number of polling stations (“unbundling”) and the rejection of absentee ballots has caused widespread debate. To finalize the project established a working group with the participation of the CEC, which prepared a number of proposals.

According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the “unbundling” of polling stations will conduct “the harmonization of regional election Committee with the CEC, if the lower-level Commission to prove that the divestiture is necessary”.

Absentee ballots will be canceled in part. They lobbied for the abolition of the CEC head, Ella Pamfilova. The man was in another village, only need to choose the closest to his “place of residence” of the PEC in advance and to submit a statement about the desire to vote via the portal “public Services” or the MFC.

In the state Duma say that “innovation” will be at the autumn regional elections. Political analysts believe that innovation can give a significant percentage of the turnout, while on the other hand, people, a few years deprived of the opportunity to vote, is unlikely to begin to do it.

The CEC consider that the replacement absentee ballots to a voting system at the location will add to the number of active voters at least five or six million people, writes “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”.

Ella Pamfilova said that the system of absentee ballots is actually only the withdrawal of a large number of citizens from voting in elections.

The opportunity to receive these certificates were used in average only about a quarter of the electorate. This does not mean that the absentee ballots do not have the demand, said Pamfilova, just the procedure was complicated and nobody wanted them “to go from Moscow to Magadan”. According to her, the reduction of the electorate was, “maybe five to 15 million” people.

Wanting to change the plot asks for explanations

Absentee ballots will replace the special mark that voters will be able to get five days before a vote in the event of his departure, the newspaper “Izvestia”.

Those citizens, who for four days before the vote and later decide to change the plot, you can ask about the reasons for such a step. The corresponding offer contains in materials of the CEC prepared for the meeting with the regional election commissions, according to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

Initially, the requirement to specify the reason for the change of site was not, but now, the CEC proposes to oblige to give explanations of those who declare their desire to “too late.” They will be able to apply to the precinct election Commission (PEC) at the place of registration to 14:00 Saturday on the eve of election day.

“This was done to counteract possible abuse and applies only to those who indicates her desire to vote in the other place too late, – it is told in materials of the CEC. – Those who file a statement of change of area in advance, do not need to explain and vindicate it.”

At the meeting in CEC was also informed about the obligation to equip the cameras of all three thousand of the territorial commissions, the CEC also plans to place QR codes on all of the protocols, to protect them from rewriting the data about voting.

The state Duma plans the adoption of the bill of senators, Andrei Klishas and Anatoly Shirokov by the end of may. The second reading of the document is scheduled for may 19, the third on may 24.

Recall that in the Federation Council developed and will soon be submitted to the state Duma a bill providing for the introduction of criminal liability for the illegal issuance and receipt of the ballot. One of the authors of the bill – that the head of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas.

Presidential elections should be held in March 2018, the campaign will be launched in December 2017. The Kremlin “will be in the election campaign in the spring”, said earlier the Deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko. One of the first in the presidential race entered the head of the Fund of struggle against corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, announced his intention to run in December 2016.

In addition to the Bulk, of its intention to participate in the presidential campaign , said the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky. The name of the Chairman of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov included in the list of five candidates, one of whom will take part in the presidential campaign. Acting President Vladimir Putin refused to confirm his nomination.



Amendments to the electoral legislation, the CEC expects to attract up to 15 million voters 16.05.2017

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