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02 April 2016

The Central Election Commission, ombudsmen and law enforcement are getting ready for the elections.

The forthcoming elections for the State Duma in September would be the first where those electors who have no permanent registration in one or another region would get the voting right. It was announced by a CEC member, Maya Grishina, the day before during a seminar on observance of voting rights. At this event, CEC members, human rights defenders and law enforcement officials discussed the problems they expect to face in September.

"For the first time the law on election of MPs says that a person who is registered at a place of temporary residence for not less than three months before the elections, has the right to send an application to the territorial election commission to be enlisted as an elector at a certain electoral district," Maya Grishina explained the legislative novellas. She added that there would be no early voting at the elections on 18 September. She called on citizens to use absentee ballot more actively.

High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova promised that regional ombudsmen would monitor the observance of electoral rights.

"Ombudsmen’s independent stature gives them an opportunity to prevent possible breach and abuse of administrative powers, when the powers and resources of public observers are not enough," Ms Pamfilova said. In her opinion, regional ombudsmen’s work should be aimed to maintain people’s trust for the elections.

The High Commissioner complained to First Deputy of the Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman that almost all the regions of the Russian Federation lack the home election possibilities for individuals under house arrest. The first deputy admitted that and called on to solve the problem together.

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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