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District election commissions in Russia to be formed by April 30, 2013

October 25, 2012, 0:47 UTC+3
The Central Election Commission will issue documents regulating the procedure of forming five-year district election commission by December 1
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MOSCOW, October 25 (Itar-Tass) —— The process of establishing district election commissions for the term of five years will begin in Russian from the beginning of 2013, secretary of the Russian Central Election Commission Nikolai Konkin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“About 95,000 district election commissions will be set up in the period from January 1 to April 30,” he said and noted that it will not to applicable to election commissions in remote and hard-to-reach areas, onboard ships at sea, in foreign countries, etc.,” he said.

According to Konkin, the Central Election Commission will issue documents regulating the procedure of forming five-year district election commission by December 1.

When asked by Itar-Tass whether representatives from new parties would be allowed to be members of such commissions, Konkin said, “I hope the regulations we are going to issue will give representatives from new parties a possibility to take part in district election commissions. In case they are not chosen as members of these commissions, they will be put on the waiting list.”

Under the current Russian laws, he noted, such commission are to have representative from parliamentary parties.

On October 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law establishing a single voting day across Russia. Under the decree, elections in all Russian constituent regions will be held on the second Sunday of September. Apart from that, amendments were introduced into the country’s election laws, including on the procedure of forming and the term of district election commissions. Thus, such commission will be formed for a term of five years.

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