MOSCOW, April 4 (Itar-Tass) — Outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted a new bill to the State Duma which amends the Law on main guarantees of the franchise of Russian citizens and their right to participate in referendums, the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.
The amended bill envisages that political parties which nominate candidates for election commissions should be authorized to recall members of these commissions. To recall a member of an election commission a political party should submit a well-motivated appeal to a body, which appointed the particular member, and propose a new candidature to replace the recalled member. If no new candidature is suggested an appeal to recall the member of an election commission in question is not discussed.
A political party may file an appeal, asking to recall a member of an election commission, only on the basis of a resolution passed by a ruling body of a political party, its regional department or any other authorized body in the party structure.
The body, which appointed a member of an election commission subject to recall from that position, is obliged to within a month's time to pass a resolution on early termination of the duties of the recalled member and appointment of a new member of the election commission.
In a period of an election campaign and in a period prior to a referendum and until a referendum campaign is over the term envisaged for early termination of powers of a recalled candidate is shortened to 15 days. If the law is not observed a political party which asked to recall a member of an election commission may file a lawsuit.
The bill specifies that no decision on recalling a member of an election commission ahead of the established term can be passed 15 days prior to the date of an election or a referendum and until the results of the election or the referendum are announced.