The head of the CEC about the idea of compulsory voting: it must deal with the Russians

© Nikolai Koreshkovy voting day in the regions of Russia. Archival photoThe head of the CEC about the idea of compulsory voting: it must deal with the Russians© Nikolai Koreshkov

The head of the CEC of Russia, Ella Pamfilova said that the decision on introduction of compulsory voting in the elections can be taken only by citizens, it cannot be imposed from above.

On Tuesday, the Central election Commission is holding a conference on public monitoring in the elections in Russia. One of the participants in his speech has proposed to make voting in elections compulsory and may provide for penalties for those who would evade this duty.

«Obyazalovke you can enter, but the effect can be opposite from what is declared. Before you oblige the citizen, it is necessary to ensure that all institutions work the way they should work. People should not just come to sign, one must understand that the right choice for him — not by compulsion, not because someone scares him that he’ll be fired from work or tomorrow I will have any terrible things,» he said in response Pamfilova.

Need, she said, «not to compel, but to persuade the man.» «Before talking about the obligation, if any need it, we have a long way to go to ensure that the parties were parties to every layer of society was someone who would reflect his interests,» — said the CEC head.

She noted that some countries, indeed, have followed this path: they have developed enough all the democratic institutions, they conduct a referendum in which decide the issue of mandatory voting.

«They decide that, «Yes, it is not only our right but also a duty». But this should go a long time, consciously, that it was not from above but of the citizens», — said Pamfilova.

Regular elections of the President of Russia will be held in March 2018, the campaign is supposed to start in December 2017.