CEC explained the rejection in a referendum on changes to pension legislation

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The Russian Central election Commission on Friday adopted a resolution, which adopted its opinion on the compliance with the law the wording of the question proposed by the Communist party for submission to a referendum on the pension system.

CEC recognized that the question «do you agree with the fact that in the Russian Federation, the age of eligibility for appointment of insurance old-age pension must not be increased?» «does not meet the requirements of part 7 of article 6 of the Federal constitutional law «On referendum of the Russian Federation».

The initiative referendum legitimate

Before the consideration of the question, the head of the CEC of Russia, Ella Pamfilova said that in itself the intention to initiate a referendum on this subject is legitimate, according to her, it consolidated the position of the members of the CEC. «The principled position of the CEC is that in itself the question of holding a referendum on such a crucial matter that affects the interests of every Russian citizen, lawful. Our citizens have a constitutional right to define and Express their position about what should be the pension system in the country… it’s All in the details, as the issue,» she said.

Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina, explaining the position, stated in the conclusion, recalled that, according to the law «On referendum of the Russian Federation» the referendum question should be formulated in such a way as to exclude the possibility of its multiple interpretations, so it could only give a definite answer as to exclude the uncertainty of the legal consequences of the referendum decision. She noted that this provision has been interpreted including the decision of the constitutional court.

«Meanwhile, proposed to be submitted to a referendum of the Russian Federation, the question includes the phrase «the age of eligibility for appointment of insurance old-age pension» and does not contain any other related to the formulation characteristics, which have sufficiently elaborated on its content for participants of a referendum,» — said the CEC Secretary.

She clarified that «this applies both to the lack of reference to specific ages, and to the absence of a definition specified in the issue type of pension in terms of provisions of article 39 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation». Thus, according to Grishin, «citizens need to have special knowledge to understand the contents of this issue.»

According to members of the CEC, in this case «creates a clear uncertainty as to the content proposed by the initiators to be submitted to a referendum in the event of changes in its legal regulation in the course of the initiative the referendum on the issue», — stated in the conclusion Department.

The issue can be clarified

During the discussion a member of the CEC of the Communist party Eugene Kolyushin said the disagreement with the prepared project of the decision: according to him, the issue is fully consistent with the requirements of the law. The representative office proposed to adopt a conclusion on compliance of the law the wording of the proposed question. The Agency was invited to the meeting and representatives of the initiative group for the referendum, they also spoke in favor of the legality of the wording of the question.

However, the CEC adopted a resolution that approved the conclusion about discrepancy of the wording of the question to the law for voted 11 members of the Commission against one member of the Commission Kolyushin, in addition, one member of the Commission — Nikolay Levichev abstained.

The head of Centrizbirkom thus explained to the representatives of the Communist party that they have, regardless of the current decisions of the CEC, has the right to clarify the issue. «Regardless of decisions made now, you have the right to collect initiative group to clarify the issue, we are even prepared to advise you and help you to the question was accurate. To come, and I’m sure that there are no objections from the members of the Central election Commission will not be», — assured Pamfilova.

The state Duma on July 19 adopted in first reading a government bill on changes in pension legislation, he suggests raising the age of retirement to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. The changes will be phased in 2019. The house approved the basic provisions of the document, from now until September 24, it will collect amendments, which will then be a vote in the second and third readings and consideration in the Federation Council.

The government explained that the proposed changes of pension to non-working pensioners it is planned to increase in 2019 on average on one thousand roubles, and by 2024 it is expected to average retirement of about 20 thousand roubles a month, corresponding to growth of approximately 35% compared with the level in 2018.

President Vladimir Putin said that he does not like any of the proposed options for raising the retirement age, and the Russians «see no good» that will not be able to retire when planned. But it should be based on economic evaluation and if nothing changes, the pension system in the future may burst, said the President. Strap the current retirement age was set back in 1956, when a pensioner had 3.7 V running, and the life expectancy was 67 years, he recalled. Now for every pensioner there are only two employees, and the average life expectancy rose to 73-74 years, explained the President.

No final decision yet, we should listen to all opinions, but does not assess those who have a PR on this topic, concluded Putin.

Now the standard age of retirement in Russia is 60 and 55 years for men and women respectively prescribed by law the retirement age established in the 1930-ies. The question of raising the retirement age has been discussed for quite some time. The need for this is caused by growing life expectancy and the inability to provide a decent pension in circumstances when the number of employees in the country decreases, while the number of pensioners, by contrast, is growing. Today, in most countries the retirement age is 60-65 years.

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