icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
11 Jul, 2016 12:50

24 parties to take part in September parliamentary polls – official

24 parties to take part in September parliamentary polls – official

Twenty-four of Russia’s 77 political parties have expressed their intent to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the head of the Central Elections Committee has said.

In her speech delivered at the Terra Scientia educational forum at the weekend, Ella Pamfilova said that of 77 registered political parties in Russia, 74 were legally capable of participating in parliamentary elections and 24 had expressed the desire to do so.

Answering a question from the audience, Russia’s elections boss said she personally didn’t rule out the possibility of using internet voting sometime in future.

Our tactical objective is to hold the forthcoming elections in strict accordance with the current law and analyze the whole array of information that appears after the polls are concluded in order to uncover some system defects and put down our proposals concerning the legislative basis and the technical re-equipment of the elections process,” Pamfilova said at the forum.

READ MORE: Putin orders all 2016 parliamentary polls move to single election day

Russia is holding nationwide parliamentary elections on September 18 – the next nationwide elections day. The polls will be the first run-out for a new system that has significantly softer rules of political party registration - half of all deputies will be running from independent constituencies. Also, it will be the first nationwide polls since major political reform significantly increased registered political parties with a concomitant boost to political competition.

The September polls will also be the first nationwide elections held after the introduction of the so-called Foreign Agents Law – legislation that requires all non-governmental groups engaged in political processes and receiving money from abroad to register with the Justice Ministry as ‘foreign agents.’ While the move has been met with criticism from various rights groups, Russian officials have repeatedly emphasized that it contained no bans and only sought to inform voters better about the backgrounds and connections of various political forces.

READ MORE: US election monitors to get personal invitation to Russian Duma polls