Pamfilova has ruled out the postponement of presidential elections

Pamfilova has ruled out the postponement of presidential elections© RIA Novosti. Cyril Kallinikova the image Bank

The Chairman of the Central election Commission, Ella Pamfilova has ruled out the possibility of the postponement of the presidential elections in Russia in 2017.

The first round of presidential elections in Russia must pass the 11 March 2018. If none of the candidates receive an absolute majority of votes (50% plus one vote), in three weeks the second round.

Earlier media reported that the vote can move to an earlier date.

The transfer is technically impossible

According to Pamfilova, the postponement of presidential elections technically impossible.

«I’m sick as a parrot to no end to deny it… impossible, because the budget is now formed as it should be formed,» — said the head of the CEC told reporters.

She noted that the vote will take place, as planned, in March 2018.

Earlier rumors about the postponement of the election in 2017 denied in the Kremlin. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that such plans «it never happened».

About changes in election law

Pamfilova also commented on the possibility of amendments to Russian electoral law.

«It will be possible to talk seriously only after my meeting with the President when they discussed all the proposals that we are now reduced to a common denominator» — said the Chairman of the CEC, adding that the meeting with the head of state could be held until the end of 2016.

Pamfilova also said that the CEC has no right of legislative initiative, and can only submit proposals. The final word in this matter rests with the President and MPs.

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