For voting in the September elections to the State Duma, it is planned to open 348 foreign polling stations. This was stated by the head of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova.
“We are supposed to open 348 foreign sites in the vast majority of countries, as usual, with the exception of literally a few countries: Yemen – there is now a war going on there, Libya and Georgia,” Pamfilova said in an interview with RIA Novosti, which was published on 4 August.
At the same time, Russians living in Georgia will be able to vote in neighboring countries, the head of the Central Election Commission noted.
Earlier, on July 21, it was reported that political parties and the Public Chamber of Russia signed an agreement on the observation of the elections. The signed agreement provides for “holding mutual consultations on the participation of representatives of the parties in the observation of the vote”, the agreement also presupposes mutual discussion of standards and methods of observation and training of observers.
Elections to the State Duma of the VIII convocation will be held from 17 to 19 September. The Duma is elected for five years under a mixed electoral system: 225 deputies are elected from party lists, another 225 – from single-mandate constituencies in one round. The election campaign has already begun, the registration of candidates for deputy mandates will end on 4 August.
Simultaneously with the elections to the State Duma, on a single voting day, direct elections are to be held for the heads of nine Russian constituent entities (in three more regions, deputies of the Legislative Assembly will elect the highest administrative persons) and 39 regional parliaments.