In the new Russian regions, all conditions will be created for holding elections in September this year. On February 8, in a conversation with Izvestia, the chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, said.
According to her, while martial law is introduced, it is impossible to hold elections. But this does not mean that the CEC “should sit idly by.”
“It is clear that as long as there is a danger, a threat to life, as long as hostilities are going on. <...> As long as this is the situation, of course, no one will hold elections. It is prohibited by our law. That is, in martial law, but this does not mean that we should sit back and wait for this martial law to be lifted. We must be ready at any moment, so we are preparing,” Pamfilova said.
The head of the CEC said that in the spring the first compositions of commissions in new subjects will be formed, and election commissions in new regions will also be connected to the GAS “Vybory”
“Such a very deep, systemic, very intensive process, here is the working process,” she concluded.
On January 20, Pamfilova said that Western countries were already preparing a campaign to discredit the elections in the Russian Federation. She noted that these actions are aimed at undermining Russian society from the inside, but the CEC will try to work ahead of the curve and repel threats in time.
On September 10, 2023, a single voting day will be held in Russia. On this day, elections of governors and deputies of at least two dozen constituent entities of the Federation, as well as parliaments of the DPR and LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions will be held in the country.