The Federation Council will consider the abolition of absentee ballots in elections

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotomontaje Federation. Archival photoThe Federation Council will consider the abolition of absentee ballots in elections© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

The Federation Council will consider on Wednesday at the meeting a package of bills which, inter alia, cancellation of absentee ballots and clarification of the procedures for the appointment of the presidential elections in 2018.

Before the laws were supported and recommended for approval by the relevant committees of the Federation Council on constitutional legislation and on the Federal structure and regional policy.

A bill of amendments to the electoral legislation was introduced in the state Duma, the Federation Council members Andrei Clisham and Anatoly Shirokov and adopted by the state Duma on may 24.

According to the law, voters who will be voting day in a different city or region will be able to submit to the election Commission statement on inclusion in the list of voters at the place of residence in the manner prescribed by the CEC. The deadline will also determine the CEC of the Russian Federation to a limited extent — not earlier than 45 days and not later than 14 PM local time the day prior to the day of voting. A citizen can vote at the place of actual stay once, and statement for inclusion in the voter list at the place of location may be filed only in one electoral precinct and in person on presentation of a passport.

The laws provide for the possibility of conducting video surveillance in the polling stations and broadcast images to provide voters with information about the voting process. The list informing about the elections the media in addition to traditional, complemented by a network media.

The legislation also establishes the right of observers to make in the polling photos and video by notifying the Chairperson or Secretary of the precinct election Commission.

The laws provide for an exception to the five-year deadline for the formation of polling stations (polling stations of the referendum) and establishes the possibility of revising their list and borders. Including by disaggregation plots, that is, reduce the maximum number of voters at polling stations from 3 thousand to 1.5 thousand people.

Under current law, such a vote is held on the second Sunday of March. The new package of amendments is a provision stating that if the second Sunday is a combined, post-holiday or a working day in connection with the transfer of holidays, the day of the vote is not on the previous, and the next — that is, the third Sunday of the month. In 2018 it will be on March 18 (the day of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia).