State Duma adopts amendments permitting to cast votes over course of up to 3 days
MOSCOW, July 21 (RAPSI) – The State Duma has approved in the third and final reading amendments to the electoral laws envisaging that the voting may be carried out within the space of several (but no more than three) days.
The document also envisages that citizens are to be able to cast their votes outside stationary polling stations by using temporary facilities set up near their houses and on common premises.
The need to vote for several days running and the duration of the multiday voting is to be determined by electoral commissions responsible for carrying out elections or referendums within 10 days after an official announcement that such are to take place is published; the decisions are to be final.
At local elections and referendums the respective decisions are to be taken by regional electoral commissions.
The responsible commissions are also to have the right to set up additional voting facilities near or on common premises of residential houses in order to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to exercise their voting rights.
No early voting or voting with the use of absentee certificates is allowed in cases the multiday voting is organized, the document reads.
The bill sets forth more strict requirements as to vote monitors; the maximum number of those during multiday voting is to be increased, and only the citizens having the right to cast their votes may be monitors at the respective elections.