FEDERAL LAW

ON THE ELECTION OF DEPUTIES OF THE STATE DUMA

OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

Law # 121-ФЗ

Dated June 24, 1999

Adopted by the State Duma on June 2, 1999

Approved by the Federation Council on June 9, 1999

Unofficial Translation

 

CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I. GENERAL PROVISIONS *

 

ARTICLE 1. Basic Principles of Conducting the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation *

 

ARTICLE 2. Legislation on the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 3. Elections to the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 4. Electoral Rights of a Citizen of the Russian Federation in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 5. Calling of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 6. The Right to Nominate Candidates for Election to the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 7. Preparation and Conduct of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma by Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 8. Right to Election Campaigning *

 

ARTICLE 9. Funding of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 10. Publicity in the Preparation and Conduct of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 11. Inadmissibility of Participation in Election of Foreign Citizens, Stateless Persons and Foreign Legal Entities *

 

CHAPTER II. ELECTORAL DISTRICTS AND ELECTORAL PRECINCTS *

 

ARTICLE 12. Formation of Single-Mandate Electoral Districts *

 

ARTICLE 13. Federal Electoral District *

 

ARTICLE 14. Formation of Electoral Precincts *

 

CHAPTER III. VOTER LISTS *

 

ARTICLE 15. Compilation of Voter Lists *

 

ARTICLE 16. Procedure for Including Citizens on the Voter Lists *

 

ARTICLE 17. Examination of Voter Lists by Voters *

 

CHAPTER IV. ELECTION COMMISSIONS *

 

ARTICLE 18. The System and the Status of Election Commissions for the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 19. Formation of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and Election Commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation *

 

ARTICLE 20. Formation of a District Election Commission *

 

ARTICLE 21. Formation of Territorial and Precinct Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 22. Appointment of Non-Voting Members of Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 23. Status of Election Commission Members *

 

ARTICLE 24. Powers of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation *

 

ARTICLE 25. Powers of the Election Commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation *

 

ARTICLE 26. Powers of a District Election Commission *

 

ARTICLE 27. Powers of a Territorial Election Commission *

 

ARTICLE 28. Powers of a Precinct Election Commission *

 

ARTICLE 29. Openness in the Activity of Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 30. Foreign (International) Observers *

 

ARTICLE 31. Organization of the Activity of Election Commissions *

 

CHAPTER V. ELECTORAL ASSOCIATIONS *

 

ARTICLE 32. Definition of an Electoral Association *

 

ARTICLE 33. Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 34. The Name and Emblem of an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc *

 

ARTICLE 35. Authorized Representatives of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 36. Participation of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

CHAPTER VI. NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE STATE DUMA *

 

ARTICLE 37. Nomination of a Candidate Directly by Voters *

 

ARTICLE 38. Nomination of Candidates by an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc in Single-Mandate Electoral Districts *

 

ARTICLE 40. Submission of Lists of Candidates and Other Electoral Documents of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation *

 

ARTICLE 42. Collection of Signatures in Support of a Candidate Directly Nominated by Voters *

 

ARTICLE 43. Collection of Signatures in Support of Candidates, a Federal List of Candidates Nominated by an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc *

 

ARTICLE 44. Procedure for the Collection of Signatures in Support of a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates and Execution of Signature Lists *

 

ARTICLE 45. Submission of Election-Related Documents for Registration of Candidates, Federal Lists of Candidates *

 

ARTICLE 46. Verification by Election Commissions of the Authenticity of Data Contained in Signature Lists and Information Submitted by Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 47. Registration of Candidates, a Federal List of Candidates *

 

CHAPTER VII. STATUS OF REGISTERED CANDIDATES *

 

ARTICLE 48. Equality of Registered Candidates *

 

ARTICLE 49. Guarantees for the Activity of Registered Candidates *

 

ARTICLE 50. Agents of Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 51. Withdrawal of Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

CHAPTER VIII. ELECTION CAMPAIGNING *

 

ARTICLE 52. Election Campaigning and Its Forms *

 

ARTICLE 53. Election Campaigning Period *

 

ARTICLE 54. Public Opinion Polls *

 

ARTICLE 55. General Terms and Conditions for the Access of Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs to the Mass Media *

 

ARTICLE 56. Terms and Conditions of Election Campaigning on TV and Radio *

 

ARTICLE 57. Terms and Conditions of Election Campaigning Through the Printed Mass Media *

 

ARTICLE 58. Election Campaigning by Means of Mass Events *

 

ARTICLE 59. Publication and Distribution of Printed, Audiovisual and Other Propaganda Materials *

 

ARTICLE 60. Inadmissibility of Misuse of the Right to Election Campaigning *

 

CHAPTER IX. FUNDING OF THE ELECTION *

 

ARTICLE 61. Funding of the Preparation and Conduct of the Election *

 

ARTICLE 62. Electoral Funds of Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 63. Special Electoral Accounts *

 

ARTICLE 64. Electoral Deposit *

 

ARTICLE 65. Voluntary Donations to Electoral Fund of a Candidate, Registered Candidate, an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc *

 

ARTICLE 66. Reporting With Regard to Money on Electoral Funds *

 

ARTICLE 67. Return of Money by Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs *

 

ARTICLE 68. Financial Support of Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 69. The Review-Auditing Service of Election Commissions *

 

CHAPTER X. VOTING AND DETERMINATION OF ELECTION RESULTS *

 

ARTICLE 70. Voting Premises *

 

ARTICLE 71. Ballots *

 

ARTICLE 72. Absentee Certificates for Voting in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 73. Voting Procedure *

 

ARTICLE 74. Early Voting *

 

ARTICLE 75. Voting Outside the Voting Premises On Voting Day *

 

ARTICLE 76. Protocols of Voting Returns of a Precinct Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 77. Counting of Votes and Compilation of Protocols of Voting Returns by Precinct Election Commissions *

 

ARTICLE 78. Tabulation of Voting Returns by a Territorial Election Commission *

 

ARTICLE 79. Determination of the Election Results for a Single-Mandate Electoral District and Tabulation of Voting Returns for the Federal Electoral District *

 

ARTICLE 80. Determination of Election Results for the Federal Electoral District *

 

ARTICLE 81. Determination of the General Results of the Election *

 

ARTICLE 82. Methodology for Proportional Distribution of Deputy Mandates *

 

ARTICLE 83. Repeat Elections *

 

ARTICLE 84. Registration of Elected Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 85. Publication of the Voting Returns and the Results of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma *

 

ARTICLE 86. Use of the State Automated Information System *

 

ARTICLE 87. Safekeeping of Electoral Documentation *

 

CHAPTER XI. FILLING OF VACANCIES CREATED BY DEPUTIES *

 

ARTICLE 88. Filling of a Vacancy Created by a Deputy Elected on a Federal List *

 

ARTICLE 89. Filling of a Vacancy Created by a Deputy Elected in a Single-Mandate Electoral District *

 

CHAPTER XII. LODGING OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT VIOLATIONS OF ELECTORAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS *

 

ARTICLE 90. Appealing Decisions and Actions (Inaction) Which Violate Electoral Rights of Citizens *

 

ARTICLE 91. Grounds for a Refusal to Register a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates and for Annulment of a Decision to Register a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates *

 

ARTICLE 92. Grounds for the Annulment of a Decision of an Election Commission On Voting Returns, Election Results *

 

ARTICLE 93. Responsibility for Violation of Electoral Rights of Citizens *

 

CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUDING AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS *

 

ARTICLE 94. Entry into Force of this Federal Law *

 

 

CHAPTER I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

ARTICLE 1. Basic Principles of Conducting the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

 

Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereafter "deputies of the State Duma") shall be elected by citizens of the Russian Federation on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot. Participation of a citizen of the Russian Federation in the election shall be free and voluntary. Nobody shall exert any influence on a citizen of the Russian Federation in order to compel him/her to participate or not to participate in the election and on a free expression of a citizen’s will.

 

ARTICLE 2. Legislation on the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

Legislation on the election of deputies of the State Duma shall comprise the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum", this Federal Law and other federal laws.

 

ARTICLE 3. Elections to the State Duma

 

1. Under the Constitution of the Russian Federation 450 deputies shall be elected to the State Duma.

 

2. Two hundred and twenty five deputies of the State Duma shall be elected in single-mandate electoral districts (one district - one deputy) to be formed on the basis of a unified quota of voters’ representation in single-mandate electoral districts, with the exception of electoral districts formed in the Subjects of the Russian Federation where the number of voters is less than the unified quota of representation. The unified quota of the voters’ representation in a single-mandate electoral district shall be determined by dividing the total number of voters residing in the territory of the Russian Federation and registered in the Russian Federation under the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum" by the total number (225) of single-mandate electoral districts.

 

3. Two hundred and twenty five deputies of the State Duma shall be elected in the federal electoral district in proportion to the number of votes cast for federal lists of candidates for election to the State Duma nominated by electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

ARTICLE 4. Electoral Rights of a Citizen of the Russian Federation in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. A citizen of the Russian Federation who has attained to the age of 18 years on voting day shall be entitled to elect deputies of the State Duma in the federal electoral district.

 

2. A citizen of the Russian Federation who has attained to the age of 18 years on voting day and permanently or currently· resides in the territory of the given electoral district shall be entitled to elect a deputy of the State Duma in a single-mandate electoral district.

 

3. A citizen of the Russian Federation who has attained to the age of 18 years shall be entitled to participate in the nomination of candidates (lists of candidates), election campaigning, monitoring of the conduct of the election and the work of election commissions, including determination of voting returns and election results, and in the performance of other electoral actions in accordance with the procedure established by this Federal Law, other federal laws.

 

4. Eligible for election as a deputy of the State Duma shall be a citizen of the Russian Federation who has attained to the age of 21 years on voting day.

 

5. A citizen of the Russian Federation who resides or stays outside the Russian Federation during the period of the preparation and conduct of the election, shall have the same electoral rights as other citizens of the Russian Federation in the election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

6. A citizen of the Russian Federation found incapable by a court or kept in places of confinement under a court sentence shall have no right to elect or be elected.

 

ARTICLE 5. Calling of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. The election of deputies of the State Duma shall be held within a period established by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and this Federal Law.

 

2. Under the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the election of deputies of the State Duma of a new convocation shall be called by the President of the Russian Federation. A decision to call the election shall be taken not earlier than five months and not later than four months prior to voting day. Voting day in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be the first Sunday after the day of expiration of the constitutional term for which the State Duma of the previous convocation was elected. The constitutional period for which the State Duma is elected shall begin from the day of its election as a competent body. A decision to call the election shall be officially published in the mass media not later than 5 days after its adoption.

 

3. If the President of the Russian Federation does not call the election of deputies of the State Duma within the period indicated in Clause 2 of this Article, the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be conducted by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation on the first or second Sunday of a month, which follows the month in which the powers of the State Duma expire. A decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to hold the election shall be published not later than seven days from the day on which the term for official publication of a decision to call the election established by Clause 2 of this Article expires.

 

4. When dissolving the State Duma in cases and in a manner provided by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the President of the Russian Federation shall simultaneously call an early election of deputies of the State Duma of a new convocation. In this case, voting day shall be the last Sunday before expiration of three months from the day on which the State Duma was dissolved. The decision to call early election shall be officially published in the mass media not later than five days from the day when it was taken.

 

5. If the President of the Russian Federation does not call the election of deputies of the State Duma of a new convocation after dissolution of the State Duma, the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be conducted by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation on the first or second Sunday after expiration of three months from the day on which the State Duma was dissolved. The decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to hold the election shall be published not later than 7 days from the day on which the term for official publication of a decision to call the election established by Clause 4 of this Article expires.

 

6. In the cases provided by Clauses 4 and 5 of this Article the periods of electoral actions established by this Federal Law shall be reduced by one fourth.

 

7. If the Sunday on which the election is to be held coincides with a holiday, a day before or after a holiday, the election shall be called on the next Sunday.

 

ARTICLE 6. The Right to Nominate Candidates for Election to the State Duma

 

Candidates for election to the State Duma (hereafter "candidates") may be nominated by voters of the appropriate single-mandate electoral district or may nominate themselves by self-nomination. Candidates, lists of candidates may also be nominated by electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

ARTICLE 7. Preparation and Conduct of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma by Election Commissions

 

1. The preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma, measures to ensure the realization and protection of the electoral rights of citizens and the control over their observance shall be entrusted to election commissions within the scope of their powers laid down by this Federal Law, other federal laws.

 

2. During the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma election commissions within the scope of their powers laid down by this Federal Law, other federal laws shall be independent of the bodies of state power and local self-government. These bodies shall not interfere in the activities of the commissions.

 

3. Decisions and acts of election commissions adopted by them within the scope of the powers vested in them by this Federal Law, other federal laws shall be binding upon federal executive bodies, executive bodies of Subjects of the Russian Federation, state institutions, bodies of local self-government, candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, public associations, organizations, officials and voters.

 

4. When the election is being prepared and conducted election commissions shall be entitled to use the state automated information system to inform voters about the progress and results of the election, search for, acquire, replenish, process, transmit and store the information used in the course of the preparation and conduct of the election, provide information support for election commissions acting within the scope of powers vested in them by this Federal Law, federal constitutional laws, other federal laws.

 

ARTICLE 8. Right to Election Campaigning

 

1. The State shall make it possible for citizens of the Russian Federation, political public associations freely to conduct election campaigning in accordance with this Federal Law and other federal laws.

 

2. Citizens of the Russian Federation, political public associations may, in any form allowed by law and by legitimate methods, conduct election campaigning, i.e. the activities aimed to encourage or encouraging voters to participate in the election and to vote for or against any registered candidate, for or against any federal list of candidates registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

3. Equal conditions of access to the mass media shall be guaranteed to registered candidates for election to the State Duma (hereafter "registered candidates") and to electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered their federal lists of candidates.

 

ARTICLE 9. Funding of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. Expenses on the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be paid from the funds allocated from the federal budget.

 

2. Candidates for election to the State Duma, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall set up their own electoral funds for financing their election campaign.

 

ARTICLE 10. Publicity in the Preparation and Conduct of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. The preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be performed openly and publicly.

 

2. All normative acts of the election commissions, bodies of state power and bodies of local self-government relating to the preparation and conduct of the election shall be published; other decisions of these bodies relating to the preparation and conduct of the election shall be made public in some other manner.

 

ARTICLE 11. Inadmissibility of Participation in Election of Foreign Citizens, Stateless Persons and Foreign Legal Entities

 

Foreign citizens, stateless persons, foreign legal entities shall not carry on any activities which help or impede nomination, registration of candidates (list of candidates), election of registered candidates.

 

CHAPTER II. ELECTORAL DISTRICTS AND ELECTORAL PRECINCTS

 

ARTICLE 12. Formation of Single-Mandate Electoral Districts

 

1. In order to conduct the election of deputies of the State Duma in single-mandate electoral districts 225 single-mandate electoral districts shall be formed in the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of the data submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation by the executive bodies of state power of Subjects of the Russian Federation concerning the number of voters registered in accordance with the requirements of Article 17 of the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum" in the territories of the Subjects of the Russian Federation.

 

2. Voters residing outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be included in single-mandate electoral districts formed in the territory of the Russian Federation. The information concerning the number of voters registered outside the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with the requirements of Article 17 of the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum" shall be submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The number of voters in the district in which voters residing outside the territory of the Russian Federation are to be included shall be less than the single quota of voter representation. The number of additional voters included in a single-mandate electoral district shall not exceed 10 percent of the number of voters registered in the territory of the given single-mandate electoral district.

 

3. Single-mandate electoral districts shall be formed in accordance with the following requirements:

 

(a) single-mandate electoral districts shall be approximately equal in the number of voters registered in their territories, with a permissible deviation from the average voter representation quota within one Subject of the Russian Federation not exceeding 10 percent, and in hard-to reach and remote regions not exceeding 15 percent. The list of hard-to-reach and remote regions shall be established by a law of a Subject of the Russian Federation that came into force not later than the day of official publication of the decision to call the election;

 

(b) formation of single-mandate electoral districts in non-adjacent territories within the territory of one Subject of the Russian Federation shall not be allowed unless a part of the territory of the given Subject of the Russian Federation is located within the territory of another Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) formation of a single-mandate electoral district in the territory of two and more Subjects of the Russian Federation shall not be allowed;

 

(d) at least one single-mandate electoral district shall be formed in the territory of each Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(e) single-mandate electoral districts shall be distributed between Subjects of the Russian Federation so as to ensure as far as possible equal representation in the State Duma of the voters residing in different Subjects of the Russian Federation, with due consideration being given to Subclauses "c" and "d" above.

 

4. The requirements to the formation of single-mandate electoral districts set forth in Clause 2 of this Article shall be met with due regard to the administrative-territorial (division) of a Subject of the Russian Federation, boundaries of municipal units.

 

5. Based on the voter data obtained in accordance with the Regulation on the State System for Registration of Voters, Referendum Participants approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the Central Election Commission shall prepare a scheme of the formation of single-mandate electoral districts and not later than 200 days before expiration of the constitutional period for which the State Duma of the current convocation has been elected shall submit this scheme and its graphical representation to the State Duma. The scheme of the formation of single-mandate electoral districts shall indicate:

 

(a) the name and number of each single-mandate electoral district;

 

(b) the list of administrative-territorial units or municipal units at the level of cities, raions, city precincts or at the corresponding level comprised in each single-mandate electoral district. If a single-mandate electoral district includes a part of the territory of an administrative-territorial unit, municipal unit or a populated center, the scheme shall indicate the boundaries of this part of the administrative-territorial unit, municipal unit or populated center. If the territory of a Subject of the Russian Federation forms one single-mandate electoral district, the list of administrative-territorial units or municipal units comprised in this single-mandate electoral district shall not be attached to the scheme of single-mandate electoral districts;

 

(c) the center of each single-mandate electoral district;

 

(d) the number of voters registered in each single-mandate electoral district and, if more than one single-mandate electoral district have been formed in the territory of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the number of voters registered in each administrative-territorial unit or municipal unit (or a part thereof) comprised in each single-mandate electoral district;

 

(e) the number of voters included in various single-mandate electoral districts in accordance with Clause 2 of this Article and the names of the foreign states where the voters reside.

 

6. Single-mandate electoral districts may be formed and their scheme determined with the use of the state automated information system.

 

7. The scheme of single-mandate electoral districts including its graphical representation shall be approved by a federal law which shall be published (made public) not later than 100 days prior to voting day.

 

8. If the federal law indicated in Clause 7 of this Article including the scheme of single-mandate electoral districts has not been published (made public) within the period established by Clause 7 of this Article, the election of deputies of the State Duma of the new convocation shall be conducted in single-mandate electoral districts whose scheme was used in the election of the State Duma of the previous convocation. In this case, the former scheme of the single-mandate electoral districts shall be published (made public) by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than 98 days prior to voting day.

 

ARTICLE 13. Federal Electoral District

 

The federal electoral district wherein deputies of the State Duma are elected in proportion to the number of votes cast for the federal lists of candidates nominated by electoral associations, electoral blocs shall comprise the entire territory of the Russian Federation. Voters included in single-mandate electoral districts in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 12 of this Federal Law shall be regarded as having been included in the federal electoral district as well.

 

ARTICLE 14. Formation of Electoral Precincts

 

1. To conduct voting and count votes in the election of deputies of the State Duma electoral precincts shall be formed on the basis of the number of voters registered in accordance with the requirements of Article 17 of the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum" in the territories of municipal units.

 

2. Electoral precincts shall be formed by the head of a municipal unit (if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for an office of municipal unit head, by a person authorized to do so by a representative body of local self-government) with the concurrence of an appropriate district election commission, not later than 30 days prior to voting day with due regard to local and other conditions and proceeding from the need to provide maximum convenience for voters.

 

3. Formation of electoral precincts shall meet the following requirements:

 

the number of voters registered in the territory of each electoral precinct shall not exceed 3,000;

 

the boundaries of electoral precincts shall not cross the boundaries of electoral districts.

 

4. In places of temporary stay of voters (in hospitals, sanatoria, rest homes and other places of temporary stay), in hard-to-reach or remote regions, on ships which are at sea on voting day and at polar stations electoral precincts may be formed within the period indicated in Clause 2 of this Article, and, in exceptional cases, not later than five days prior to voting day. Such electoral precincts shall be included in single-mandate electoral districts on the basis of their location or at the place of the ship’s registration.

 

5. Servicemen shall vote in common electoral precincts. By way of exception, electoral precincts may be formed in the territory of military units stationed in isolated localities far from populated centers. In such case, electoral precincts shall be formed by commanders of military units on the basis of a decision of the appropriate district election commission within the period indicated in Clause 2 of this Article and in exceptional cases not later than five days prior to voting day. In this case, access to the premises of the election commission and to the voting premises shall be provided to all members of the precinct election commission and higher election commissions, registered candidates and their agents, agents and authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, observers, in a procedure established by this Federal Law.

 

6. To conduct voting and count the votes of voters who, on voting day, stay in the territory of a foreign state, the heads of diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation shall form electoral precincts in the territory of the country of their stay not later than 30 days prior to voting day. In this case, the requirements to the number of registered voters set forth in Clause 3 of this Article may be waived.

 

7. Lists of electoral precincts indicating their numbers and boundaries (if an electoral precinct includes a part of the territory of a populated center) or the list of populated centers (if an electoral precinct is formed in the territory of several populated centers), location of the premises of the precinct election commissions and the voting premises, telephone numbers of precinct election commissions shall be published by the head of a municipal unit (and, if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for an office of municipal unit head, by an official authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government) not later than 25 days prior to voting day. Information concerning electoral precincts formed after the deadline indicated in Clause 2 of this Article shall be published within three days upon their formation.

 

8. The matters relating to the publication of the data specified in Clause 7 of this Article concerning electoral precincts formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be decided by the heads of the corresponding diplomatic or consular missions of the Russian Federation, with due regard to the local conditions.

 

CHAPTER III. VOTER LISTS

 

ARTICLE 15. Compilation of Voter Lists

 

1. Voter lists shall be compiled by appropriate election commissions separately for each electoral precinct in accordance with the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

2. A territorial election commission shall compile voter lists not later than 26 days prior to voting day on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of a municipal unit (if the charter of a municipal unit does not provide for this office by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government), the commanding officer of a military unit, the head of an institution where voters are temporarily staying.

 

3. The voter list of an electoral precinct formed in a hard-to-reach or remote area shall be compiled by a precinct election commission not later than 25 days prior to voting day and, in exceptional cases, not later than two days after formation of the precinct election commission, on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of a municipal unit (if the charter of a municipal unit does not provide for this office, by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government).

 

4. In an electoral precinct located in the territory of a military unit a list of voters - servicemen who live within the compound of the military unit, members of their families and other voters residing within the territory of the military unit shall be compiled by a precinct election commission on the basis of voter data to be furnished by the commander of the military unit not later than 25 days prior to voting day

 

5. The voter list for an electoral precinct formed in places of temporary stay of voters (in hospitals, sanatoria, rest homes and in other places of temporary stay), on a ship at sea on voting day or at a polar station shall be compiled by the corresponding precinct election commission not later than the day preceding voting day on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of an institution where voters stay temporarily, the captain of the ship or the heads of polar stations.

 

6. The voter list for an electoral precinct formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be compiled by the corresponding precinct election commission, not later than 25 days prior to voting day, on the basis of voter data furnished either by the head of an appropriate diplomatic or consular mission of the Russian Federation or by the commander of the military unit stationed outside the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

7. Voter data shall be collected and corrected by officials indicated in Clauses 2 to 6 of this Article in the procedure established by the Statute on State System for Registration (Recording) of Voters to be approved by the Central Commission of the Russian Federation and shall be submitted to territorial election commissions not later than 60 days prior to voting day, and to an appropriate precinct election commissions immediately upon their establishment if the voter list has been compiled by a precinct election commission.

 

8. The voter list shall be made up in duplicate. Voter data included on the voter list shall be arranged in an alphabetical or some other order (by villages and towns, streets, houses, flats). The list shall indicate the first, middle and last name of voters, the year of birth (for the age of 18 years - also the date and month of birth), the address of the place where the voter resides permanently or currently.

 

9. In the compilation of voter lists use may be made of the state automated information system. Voter lists may be compiled in a typed form and, in exceptional cases, in a hand-written form.

 

10. The first copy of the voter list compiled in accordance with the requirements of Clause 2 of this Article shall be handed over to an appropriate precinct election commission on the basis of a transfer act not later than 25 days prior to voting day. The second copy of the voter list shall be kept by a territorial election commission and shall be used as prescribed by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The voter list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a territorial election commission and certified by the seals of this territorial commission.

 

11. In the electoral precincts formed in accordance with Clauses 4 to 6 Article 14 of this Federal Law the voter list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a precinct election commission and shall be certified by the seal of this precinct election commission.

 

12. Having received the voter list a precinct election commission shall check and update the list on the basis of personal applications from citizens in accordance with Clause 17 of this Federal Law, appropriate documents of the bodies of local self-government, officials, registries, bodies in charge of registration of Russian Federation citizens at the place where the citizens stay and reside within the Russian Federation. The checked and updated voter list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a precinct election commission and certified by the commission’s seal not later than the day preceding voting day.

 

13. The persons furnishing voter data shall be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data and its timely submission.

 

ARTICLE 16. Procedure for Including Citizens on the Voter Lists

 

1. All citizens of the Russian Federation who are eligible to vote in accordance with Article 4 of this Federal Law shall be included on voter lists.

 

2. The grounds for including a citizen on the voter list in a certain electoral precinct shall be the fact of his/her permanent or current residence in the territory of the given electoral precinct as established by bodies in charge of registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation in accordance with the federal law regulating the procedure for realization by Russian Federation citizens of the right to the freedom of movement, choice of the place of stay or residence within the Russian Federation.

 

3. Servicemen who live outside the territory of a military unit shall be included on the voter lists at the place of their residence on usual terms. Voters – servicemen, members of their families, other persons who reside in the territory of a military unit shall be included on the voter list if the fact of their permanent or current residence in the territory of the military unit is established by an appropriate service of the military unit or bodies in charge of the registration of citizens of the Russian Federation at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation or on the basis of the order of the commander of a military unit whereby conscripts are put on the staff of the military unit.

 

4. Citizens of the Russian Federation who reside outside the territory of the Russian Federation or stay abroad on prolonged business trips shall be included on voter lists if the fact of their permanent or current residence outside the territory of the Russian Federation or prolonged business trips abroad is established by diplomatic or consular missions of the Russian Federation.

 

5. Voters staying on voting day in hospitals, sanatoria, rest homes, other places of temporary stay shall be included on the voter list on the basis of a passport, an equivalent identity paper and an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

6. Citizens of the Russian Federation who have been granted the status of forced migrants or have applied to the Federal Migration Service of Russia or its territorial agencies for the status of forced migrants shall be included on the voter list at the place of their temporary residence on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and appropriate documents issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia or its territorial agencies.

 

7. Citizens of the Russian Federation who are eligible to vote and are staying in foreign states at private invitations, on official business and as tourists shall be put on the voter list when they come to the premises of a precinct or district election commission, upon production of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

8. Voters who settled down in the territory of an electoral precinct after the voter list had been made available to voters for inspection, as well as voters who were not included on the voter list for any other reason shall be additionally put on the voter list by a precinct election commission on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and, if necessary, document confirming their permanent or predominant residence in the territory of the given electoral precinct.

 

9. A voter may be included on a voter list only in one electoral precinct.

 

10. After the voter list has been signed by the chairman and the secretary of a territorial election commission a citizen may be removed from the voter list only on the basis of official documents or when an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the State Duma is issued to a voter in a procedure set forth in this Law. In this case, the date when the citizen was removed from the voter list and the reasons therefor shall be noted on the list. This note shall be certified by a signature of the chairman of the precinct election commission and, when an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the deputies of the State Duma is issued, by the signature of the member of the election commission who issued the certificate.

 

11. No changes shall be made in voter lists after the end of voting and the beginning of vote counting.

 

ARTICLE 17. Examination of Voter Lists by Voters

 

1. Voter lists shall be made available by precinct election commissions to general public for examination and additional correction not later than 20 days prior to voting day.

 

2. A citizen of the Russian Federation eligible to vote has the right to state to a precinct election commission that he/she has not been put on the voter list and inform the commission about any error or inaccuracy therein. Within 24 hours, and, on voting day, within two hours after this statement is made and not later than the end of voting, the precinct election commission shall check the statement and the submitted documents and shall either remove the error and inaccuracy or give the voter a written answer indicating the reasons why the statement was rejected.

 

3. The decision of a precinct election commission to include or not to include a citizen on the voter list may be appealed in a higher election commission or in a court (at the place where the precinct election commission is located) and these bodies must consider the complaint (statement) within three days or immediately, if the complaint is filed within three days prior to or on voting day. In the event of a decision in favor of the applicant, the precinct election commission shall immediately make the necessary correction in the voter list.

 

CHAPTER IV. ELECTION COMMISSIONS

 

ARTICLE 18. The System and the Status of Election Commissions for the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. The election of deputies of the State Duma shall be prepared and conducted by:

 

the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

the election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation;

 

district election commissions;

 

territorial (rayon, city and other) election commissions

 

precinct election commissions.

 

2. In the election of deputies of the State Duma the powers and operating procedures of election commissions shall be established by the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum", this Federal law and other federal laws.

 

3. Decisions of a higher election commission for the election of deputies of the State Duma taken within the scope of its competence shall be binding on the lower election commissions.

 

4. Acting within the scope of their competence election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma shall consider complaints which they receive in the course of an election campaign concerning violations of this Federal Law, other federal laws as regards preparation and conduct of the election, check these complaints and give written answers to the complainants within five days, but not later than the day preceding voting day and, on voting day and the day which follows voting day, immediately. If the facts cited in the complaints require additional verification, decisions thereon shall be taken within ten days. Election commissions may apply to law enforcement bodies and request them to carry out the necessary investigation and stop violations of this Federal Law, other federal laws as regards preparation and conduct of election. Within five days, but not later than the day preceding voting day and, on voting day and on the day which follows voting day, immediately the law enforcement bodies shall take measures prescribed by law to stop such violations. If the facts cited in a complaint require additional verification, such measures shall be taken within ten days.

 

5. Election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma shall keep voters informed about the time and the procedure for the performance of electoral actions, the progress of the election campaign, the candidates, registered candidates.

 

6. A decision of an election commission for the election of deputies of the State Duma which conflicts with federal laws or which has been taken in excess of the commission’s powers shall be revoked by a higher election commission for the election of deputies of the State Duma or a court of law. In this case, the higher election commission shall be entitled to take a decision on the substance of the matter.

 

7. State bodies, state institutions and their officials shall assist election commissions for election of deputies of the State Duma in the exercise of their powers, specifically they shall, free of charge, provide the necessary premises and make security arrangements with regard thereto; ensure safekeeping of ballots, absentee certificates for voting in the election of the deputies of the State Duma and other electoral documentation; supply transport, communication facilities, technical equipment, information and materials; respond to the requests of election commissions within five days or, during five days prior to and on voting day, immediately. Organizations of all forms of ownership which have a state share in their charter capital exceeding 30 per cent thereof as of the day of official publication of a decision to call the election and bodies of local self-government shall assist election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma in the exercise of their powers, specifically, they shall provide the necessary premises, transport and communications facilities, technical equipment, information and materials; respond to requests of election commissions within five days or, during five days prior to and on voting day, immediately. TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations, editorial offices of periodicals indicated in Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall allow election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma to publish information and grant them free air time to keep voters informed, in accordance with a procedure established by this Federal Law, other federal laws. In this case, expenses of the TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations shall be covered from their current funding.

 

8. Organizations (including TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations), editorial offices of periodicals, public associations which are not mentioned in Clause 7 of this Article as well as their officials shall provide the necessary information and materials to election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma, respond to requests of election commissions within five days or, during five days prior to and on the election day, immediately.

 

ARTICLE 19. Formation of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and Election Commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation

 

The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation shall be formed in compliance with the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum".

 

ARTICLE 20. Formation of a District Election Commission

 

1. A district election commission shall be formed in each single-mandate electoral district.

 

2. A district election commission shall be formed not earlier than five days after the day of official publication of the scheme of single-mandate electoral districts and not later than 90 days prior to voting day and shall consist of 8 – 14 voting members.

 

3. One half of members of a district election commission shall be appointed by the legislative (representative) body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the other half by the executive body of state power of the Subject of the Russian Federation . The appointment of members of a district election commission shall be made on the basis of proposals from electoral associations, electoral blocs, elective bodies of local self-government, the corresponding district election commissions of the former composition. Governmental and municipal employees shall not account for more than one-third of the total number of members of an election commission.

 

4. Both the legislative (representative) and the executive body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall appoint not less than one-third of its appointees to the commission on the basis of proposals made by each electoral association, electoral bloc which has factions in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and on the basis of proposals from electoral associations, electoral blocs which have factions in the legislative (representative) body of state power of the given Subject of the Russian Federation and from other political public associations if the electoral associations, electoral blocs do not propose the required number of commission members. Not more than one representative shall be appointed to the election commission from each electoral association, electoral bloc, other political public associations.

 

5. If the powers of the State Duma, legislative (representative) body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation are terminated before expiration of their term, the right to make proposals concerning membership of a district election commission shall be retained by the electoral associations, electoral blocs which had deputy factions in the State Duma, legislative (representative) body of state power of the Subject of the Russian Federation of the last convocation.

 

6. If the legislative (representative) body and the executive body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation have not appointed all or some members of a district election commission within the period stipulated by Clause 2 of this Article, the district election commission shall be formed or some of its members shall be appointed by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in compliance with the requirements established by this Federal Law.

 

7. If a Subject of the Russian Federation has only one single-mandate electoral district, a district election commission need not be formed, provided the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation takes an appropriate decision. In this case, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall confer the powers of a district election commission on the election commission of the given Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

ARTICLE 21. Formation of Territorial and Precinct Election Commissions

 

1. Territorial (raion, city and other) election commissions consisting of 5 – 9 voting members shall be formed not earlier than 30 and not later than 60 days prior to voting day by the representative body (representative bodies) of local self-government on the basis of proposals from electoral associations, electoral blocs, public associations, meetings of voters at the place of their residence, work, service, study, the territorial election commission of the previous convocation, if it acted on a permanent basis. By a decision of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation agreed upon with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation several territorial election commissions shall be formed within one territorial-administrative unit with a large number of voters. If in accordance with the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum," the law of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the charter of a municipal unit provides that a territorial election commission shall operate on a permanent basis, the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation with the concurrence of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may confer the powers of a territorial election commission for the election of deputies to the State Duma on the said election commission.

 

2. A precinct election commissions shall be formed not later than three days after formation of the given electoral precinct by the representative body (representative bodies) of local self-government on the basis of proposals from electoral associations, electoral blocs, public associations, meetings of voters at the place of their residence, work, service, study and shall consist of the following numbers of members depending on the number of voters registered in the territory of the electoral precinct:

 

less than 1,000 voters – 3 to 7 voting members of the commission;

 

from 1,001 to 2,000 voters – 5 to 11 voting members of the commission;

 

over 2,000 voters – 5 to 15 voting members of the commission.

 

3. If voting day in the election of deputies of the State Duma coincides with voting day in the election of bodies of state power of Subjects of the Russian Federation, bodies of local self-government, the maximum number of voting members of a precinct election commission indicated in Clauses 1 and 2 of this Article may be increased but by not more than four members. Additional labor remuneration shall be paid to these members of the election commission from the appropriate budget.

 

4. The representative body (representative bodies) of local self-government shall appoint not less than one-third of members of a territorial, precinct election commission on the basis of proposals from each electoral association, electoral bloc which has a faction in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and also on the basis of proposals from electoral associations, electoral blocs which have factions in the legislative (representative) body of state power of the given Subject of the Russian Federation and/or in the representative body (representative bodies) body of local self-government, and from other political public associations, if the electoral associations, electoral blocs do not propose the required number of commission members. Not more than one representative shall be appointed to the election commission from each electoral association, electoral bloc, other political public associations.

 

5. If two or more representative bodies of local self-government take part in the formation of an election commission, the decision-making procedure in respect of the membership of the election commission shall be established by the said representative bodies at their own discretion.

 

6. If the powers of the State Duma, legislative (representative) body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation, representative body of local self-government are terminated before expiration of their term, the right to make proposals concerning membership of a territorial, precinct election commission shall be retained by the electoral associations, electoral blocs which had deputy factions in the State Duma, legislative (representative) body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation, representative body of local self-government of the last convocation.

 

7. Government and municipal employees shall not account for more than one-third of the total number of members of a territorial, precinct election commission.

 

8. If the representative body (representative bodies) of local self-government has not appointed all or part of members of a territorial, precinct election commission within the period stipulated by Clauses 1 and 2 of this Article or if there is no representative body of local self-government in the given territory, a territorial election commission shall be formed or part of its membership shall be appointed by the district election commission, and a precinct election commission shall be formed or part of its membership shall be appointed by the appropriate territorial commission in compliance with the requirements established by this Federal Law.

 

9. In an electoral precinct formed at a polar station, on a ship at sea or in the territory of a military unit stationed in an isolated locality far from populated centers members of the precinct election commissions shall be appointed on the basis of a decision of a meeting of voters of the appropriate labor or military collective by the head of the polar station, the ship’s captain, the commander of the military unit, within a period established by Clause 2 of this Article and, in exceptional cases, not later than five days prior to voting day.

 

10. In an electoral precinct formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation members of the precinct election commission shall be appointed within a period established by Clause 2 of this Article by the head of the appropriate diplomatic or consular mission of the Russian Federation or by the commander of the military unit stationed outside the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

11. In Subjects of the Russian Federation where the system of bodies of state power provides for the formation of territorial bodies of state power of raions and other administrative-territorial units territorial election commissions shall be formed by the government and by executive bodies of state power in accordance with the procedure established in this Article.

 

ARTICLE 22. Appointment of Non-Voting Members of Election Commissions

 

1. An electoral association, electoral bloc which has a federal list of candidates registered by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to appoint one non-voting member to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, to each election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, each district, territorial, precinct election commission.

 

2. A candidate registered in a single mandate electoral district shall be entitled to appoint one non-voting member to the district election commission which registered this candidate and to each territorial and precinct election commission in the single-mandate electoral district where this candidate has been registered.

 

3. Each electoral association, electoral bloc which nominated a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district may appoint one non-voting member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

4. Non-voting members shall be issued certificates of the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

ARTICLE 23. Status of Election Commission Members

 

1. Deputies of legislative (representative) bodies of state power, bodies of local self- government, elected officials of bodies of state power and bodies of local self-government, judges, prosecutors, candidates, registered candidates, their agents, authorized representatives and agents of electoral associations, electoral blocs which nominated federal lists of candidates, non-voting members of election commissions, spouses and their close relatives (children, parents, adoptees, adopters, blood brothers, blood sisters, grandchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers), close relatives of candidates, registered candidates, persons who are directly subordinated to candidates, registered candidates shall not be appointed voting members of election commissions.

 

2. In this Federal Law "direct subordination" shall mean official relationship between a superior and a subordinate in which the former exercises administrative-managerial powers in respect of the latter, i.e., the right to hire and dismiss the subordinate or, within the scope of official authority, may issue mandatory orders, directives and instructions to the subordinate, award benefits to and impose disciplinary penalties on the subordinate.

 

3. A voting member of an election commission for the election of deputies of the State Duma shall not concurrently serve as a voting member on another election commission for the election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

4. The term of powers of voting members of election commissions shall expire simultaneously with the end of the term of powers of these election commissions.

 

5. Within a month and, during the preparation and conduct of the election, within three days, a voting member of an election commission shall be relieved of duties as an election commission member before expiration of his/her term of powers by a decision of the body which appointed him/her:

 

(a) if the election commission member submits a written request of resignation;

 

(b) in the event of the appearance of the grounds provided by Clauses 1 and 3 of this Article.

 

6. The powers of a voting member of an election commission shall be terminated immediately if

 

(a)  the election commission member loses Russian Federation citizenship;

 

(b) a court sentence passed on the election commission member comes into legal force;

 

(c) the election commission member is pronounced incompetent, partially incompetent, missing or dead by a court ruling which came into legal force;

 

(d) the election commission member dies;

 

(e) a court of law acting on an application of an election commission finds that a member of the election commission regularly fails in the performance of his/her duties;

 

(f) the election commission is dissolved in a procedure set forth by the Federal law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to participate in a Referendum."

 

7. Acting in accordance with the requirements of this Federal Law the body which appointed a voting member of the election commission shall appoint a new voting member of the election commission to replace the member who was removed for the aforementioned reasons not later than one month, or, during the period of the preparation and conduct of the election, not later than ten days after a vacancy was created. Should the body authorized to do so fail to meet this requirement a higher election commission shall appoint a new member of the election commission with due regard to the requirements set forth by this Federal Law.

 

8. Chairmen, deputy chairmen and secretaries of election commissions and members of election commissions who work in the commission permanently shall be held liable for violation of this Federal Law as provided by legislation of the Russian Federation in respect of persons holding official posts.

 

9. A voting member of an election commission working on a permanent (staff) basis shall not occupy other government and municipal offices, be on a civil or municipal service, engage in paid activity with the exception of teaching, scientific work and other creative pursuits and shall not carry on any business activities.

 

10. During the preparation and conduct of the election a voting member of an election commission shall not be subject to legal prosecution or court-imposed administrative punishments without the sanction of an appropriate prosecutor.

 

11. Before expiration of his/her powers a voting member of an election commission and during the preparation and conduct of the election a non-voting member of an election commission shall not be transferred to another job without his/her consent or fired on the administration’s (employer’s) initiative.

 

12. A non-voting member of an election commission shall have the same rights as voting members with regard to the issues relating to the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma save the right to issue absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma, hand out ballots, participate in sorting out and counting the ballots, canceling ballots and absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the Sate Duma , draw up a protocol of voting returns, election results, participate in the voting on matters which are within the competence of the given election commission, and sign decisions of the election commission. No remuneration shall be paid for his/her activities from the funds allocated to the election commission.

 

13. Voting and non-voting members of an election commission shall be entitled to:

 

(a)  receive timely notices of meetings of the election commission;

 

(b) speak at meetings of the election commission, make proposals on matters within the competence of the given election commission and request that these matters be put to the vote;

 

(c) put questions to other participants in meetings of the election commission in accordance with the meeting agenda and receive meaningful answers to these questions;

 

(d) inspect any documents and materials (including voter lists, ballots), including, documents and materials of the given commission and the lower election commissions recorded on machine-readable media and receive copies of these documents and materials (with the exception of voter lists, signature lists, ballots, absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma). On his/her request the election commission shall certify these copies (with the exception of copies on machine-readable media). Examination of documents and materials which contain information classified as a state or commercial secret or other classified information protected by law shall be carried out in accordance with relevant federal laws;

 

(e) appeal decisions and actions (inaction) of the election commission in the appropriate higher commission and in a court of law.

 

14. If a registered candidate who appointed non-voting members of an election commission has been elected or the federal list of candidates of the electoral association, electoral bloc which nominated non-voting members of an election commission gained the right to participate in the distribution of deputy mandates, the powers of such commission members shall continue until the end of registration of candidates (lists of candidates) in the next election of deputies of the State Duma. The powers of the other non-voting members of the election commissions shall terminate 30 days after the official publication of the general results of the election of deputies of the State Duma for the given election campaign, and, if a higher election commission has received complaints (statements) and protests about the decisions and actions (inaction) of an election commission which resulted in the violation of the voting and the vote-counting procedure and also if these facts are being investigated by a court - after the higher election commission or the court hands down a final decision on the substance of the complaint, protest.

 

15. The powers of a non-voting member of an election commission may be terminated at any time during his/her term of powers and transferred to another person by a decision of the person or body that appointed the given member.

 

ARTICLE 24. Powers of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

 

1. During the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation acting within the scope of its powers established by federal laws shall:

 

(a)  direct the activities of election commissions for the election of deputies of the State Duma;

 

(b) exercise control over the observance of electoral rights of citizens f the Russian Federation during the preparation and conduct of the election and ensure uniform application of this Federal Law;

 

(c) prepare a scheme of single-mandate electoral districts and submit it to the State Duma for its consideration;

 

(d) when determining the scheme of formation of single-mandate electoral districts deal with the question of inclusion of voters residing outside the territory of the Russian Federation to the appropriate single mandate electoral district;

 

(e) issue instructions and other normative acts on the questions of application of this Federal Law;

 

(f) render legal, methodological, organizational and technical assistance to election commissions;

 

(g) guide the activity of election commissions to ensure uniform use of the state information system;

 

(h) register electoral blocs;

 

(i) certify federal lists of candidates and lists of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts by electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(j) register federal lists of candidates and lists of candidates nominated by electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(k)  publish registered federal lists of candidates;

 

(l)  register agents, authorized representatives for financial matters of electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(m) issue credentials of an established form to candidates, registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs for financial matters;

 

(n) ensure observance of election campaigning terms and conditions established by this Federal Law, other federal laws by all candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(o) hear information of federal bodies of executive power, bodies of executive power of subjects of the Russian Federation and bodies of local self-government on the issues relating to the preparation and conduct of the election;

 

(p) determine the form and degree of protection of ballots, voter lists and other electoral documents and make arrangements for their production;

 

(q) determine the form of the absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma and make arrangements for the printing of absentee certificates;

 

(r) approve the Russian text of the ballot for voting in the federal electoral district;

 

(s) approve samples of seals of election commissions;

 

(t) approve the procedure for safekeeping of electoral documents and their transfer to archives and agree this procedure with the Federal Archive Service of the Russian Federation;

 

(u) distribute funds allocated from the federal budget for financing the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma, the activities of election commissions and exercise of their powers, monitor proper use of the said funds as well as the funds received by electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(v) undertake measures to implement a unified procedure for distribution of air time between registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs for election campaigning;

 

(w) work out the preparation of quantity standards for technical equipment required for the operation of territorial and precinct election commissions, approve these standards and monitor their enforcement;

 

(x) check provision to election commissions of premises, transport, communication facilities and deal with other issues of logistical support of the election;

 

(y) keep voters informed about the time and the procedure for the performance of electoral actions, the progress of the election campaign;

 

(z)  consider complains (statements) concerning decisions and actions (inaction) of lower election commissions and their officials and adopt motivated decisions thereon;

 

(aa)  determine the registered candidates on the federal lists nominated by electoral associations, electoral blocs who have been elected deputies of the State Duma in the federal electoral district and issue certificates of election to them;

 

(bb)  establish general results of the election of deputies of the State Duma for the whole of the Russian Federation and arrange for their official publication;

 

(cc)  compile lists of persons elected deputies of the State Duma and hand over these lists and the necessary documents to the State Duma;

 

(dd)  call and organize a repeat election of deputies of the State Duma to replace outgoing deputies (by-election);

 

(ee)  exercise other powers under this the Federal Law and the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum".

 

2. If the term of powers of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation established by a federal law expires during the period of the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma, the powers of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be extended until a report on the expenditure of federal budget funds and information concerning the sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds of candidate, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs have been submitted to the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, but for not longer than the period established by this Federal Law for the submission of the said financial report.

 

ARTICLE 25. Powers of the Election Commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation

 

1. The election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall:

 

(a)  coordinate activities of election commissions in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(b) provide for interaction between the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the bodies of state power in the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) exercise control over observance of electoral rights of citizens of the Russian Federation in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(d) ensure that the conditions of election activities established by this Federal Law, other federal laws should be observed in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation for all candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(e) ensure uniform use of the state automated information system in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(f) in accordance with the decisions of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation arrange for the printing of ballots for the federal electoral district and single-mandate electoral districts formed in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation and make arrangements for the delivery thereof to district and territorial election commissions;

 

(g) make arrangements for the delivery of absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma, other electoral documents to lower election commissions;

 

(h) distribute funds allocated to it for the preparation and conduct of the election in the Subject of the Russian Federation, in particular, distribute a part of these funds between district and territorial election commissions and exercise control over the proper use of these funds and over contribution of money to and its expenditure from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(i) assign names to the territorial election commissions, establish a uniform numeration of the electoral precincts in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(j) ensure compliance with the quotas of technological equipment, the procedure for safekeeping of electoral documents and their transfer to archives approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(k) monitor compliance with the unified procedure for vote-counting, determination of voting returns and election results in the territory of the Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(l) hear reports of bodies of executive power of the Subject of the Russian Federation and bodies of local self-government on questions relating to the preparation and conduct of the election;

 

(m) consider complaints (statements) concerning decisions and actions (inaction) of other election commissions and their officials in the given Subject of the Russian Federation and adopt motivated decisions thereon;

 

(n) keep voters informed about the time and the procedure for the performance of electoral actions, and the progress of the election campaign;

 

(o) exercise other powers in compliance with this Federal Law.

 

2. If the term of powers of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation established by a law of the Subject of the Russian Federation expires during the period of the election campaign in the election of deputies to the State Duma, the powers of the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation shall be extended until the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation has submitted to the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation a report on the expenditure of federal budget funds and information concerning the sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, but for not longer than the period established by this Federal Law for the submission of the said financial report.

 

ARTICLE 26. Powers of a District Election Commission

 

1. A district election commission shall:

 

(a) exercise control over compliance with this Federal Law in the territory of the electoral district;

 

(b) coordinate the activities of territorial and precinct election commissions, consider complaints (statements) concerning decisions and actions (inaction) of these commissions and their officials and adopt motivated decisions thereon;

 

(c) provide access to information about candidates nominated in the given single-mandate electoral district, publish information about registered candidates;

 

(d) register candidates for election to the State Duma in the given electoral district and their agents, issue certificates of a standard form to them;

 

(e) ensure that the election campaigning conditions established by this Federal Law, other federal laws are observed by all candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(f) hear reports of bodies of executive power of various Subjects of the Russian Federation and bodies of local self-government on questions relating to the preparation and conduct of the election;

 

(g) distribute funds allocated to it for the preparation and conduct of the election and exercise control over the proper use of these funds and over contribution of money to and its expenditure from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates;

 

(h) approve the text of the ballot for voting in a single-mandate electoral district and, if the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation has taken an appropriate decision, arrange for the printing of ballots for voting in a single-mandate electoral district;

 

(i) provide territorial election commissions with ballots for voting in the federal electoral district and single-mandate electoral district in cases provided for by this Federal Law;

 

(j) make arrangements for the delivery of absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma, other electoral documents to lower election commissions in accordance with a procedure established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(k) monitor compliance with the unified procedure for vote-counting, determination of voting returns and election results in the territory of the electoral district;

 

(l) determine election results in a single mandate electoral district and voting returns in the federal electoral district and forward the information concerning the election results in the single-mandate electoral district and the voting returns for the federal electoral district in the given territory to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, publish summary data about the election results and the data contained in the protocols of voting returns submitted by lower election commissions in accordance with the procedure and within time limits established by this Federal Law;

 

(m) issue a certificate of election to registered candidate elected deputy of the State Duma in the given single-mandate electoral district;

 

(n) exercise control over provision of territorial and precinct election commissions with premises, transport and communication facilities and implementation of decisions taken by election commission regarding other issues of logistical support of the election;

 

(o) ensure compliance with the quotas of technological equipment, the procedure for safekeeping of electoral documents and their transfer to archives;

 

(p) keep voters informed about the time and the procedure for the performance of electoral actions, the progress of the election campaign;

 

(q) organize repeat elections and by-elections of deputies of the State Duma;

 

(r) exercise other powers under this Federal Law.

 

2. The term of powers of a district election commission in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall expire on the day of the first meeting held by a district election commission formed for administration of the election of deputies of the State Duma of the next convocation in accordance with this Federal Law.

 

ARTICLE 27. Powers of a Territorial Election Commission

 

1. A territorial election commission shall:

 

(a) exercise control over the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma in the given territory, inform the population about addresses and telephone numbers of precinct election commissions;

 

(b) coordinate the work of precinct election commissions in the given territory, consider complaints (statements) concerning decisions and actions (inaction) of these election commissions and adopt motivated decisions thereon;

 

(c) hear reports of bodies of local self-government on questions relating to the preparation and conduct of the election;

 

(d) compile voter lists separately for each precinct in the given territory with the exception of the cases provided in Clauses 3 to 6 Article 15 of this Federal Law;

 

(e)  distribute funds allocated for the preparation and conduct of the election and, among other things, distribute a part of the funds between precinct election commissions, exercise control over their proper use;

 

(f)  together with a district election commission ensure the observance in the given territory of legal conditions of election campaigning established by this Federal Law, other federal laws by candidates for election to the State Duma, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs;

 

(g)  arrange for the delivery of ballots and other documents to precinct election commissions;

 

(h) issue absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma to voters;

 

(i)  render organizational and technical assistance to precinct election commissions in the conduct of voting in electoral precincts;

 

(j)  monitor compliance with the unified procedure for vote-counting, determination of voting returns and election results in the appropriate territory;

 

(k)  establish the voting returns in the given territory, present these returns to media representatives and furnish protocols of voting returns to the district election commission;

 

(l)  ensure safekeeping and transfer of documents relating to the preparation and conduct of the election in accordance with a procedure approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(m)  ensure compliance with the quotas of technological equipment approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(n)  keep voters informed about the time and the procedure for the performance of electoral actions, the progress of the election campaign;

 

(o) exercise other powers under this Federal Law.

 

2. The term of powers of a territorial election commission in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall expire 15 days after the day of official publication of the general election results if no complaints (statements) and protests have been received by a higher election commission about the decisions and actions (inaction) of the given election commission which resulted in the violation of the voting and the vote-counting procedure and if these facts are not being investigated by a court. If the voting returns have been contested or challenged, the powers of a territorial election commission shall expire after a final decision has been handed down on the substance of the complaint (statement), protest by a higher commission or a court.

 

ARTICLE 28. Powers of a Precinct Election Commission

 

1. A precinct election commission shall:

 

(a) inform the population about the address and the telephone number of the precinct election commission, its working hours, as well as the day and place of voting;

 

(b) correct the voter list for the given electoral precinct and, in cases provided by Clauses 3 to 6 Article 14 of this Federal Law, compile and correct a voter list, familiarize voters with the voter list, consider complaints about errors and inaccuracies in the voter list and make appropriate corrections therein;

 

(c) prepare voting premises, ballot boxes and other equipment;

 

(d) inform voters about registered candidates on the basis of the information received from a higher election commission;

 

(e) exercise control over compliance with the rules for election campaigning in the territory of the electoral precinct;

 (f) issue absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Dume to voters;

 

(g)  organize voting on the voting premises on voting day as well as early voting;

 

(h) count votes, determine voting returns for the given electoral precinct and transfer protocols of voting returns to the territorial election commission;

 

(i)  within the scope of its powers consider complaints (statements) regarding violations of this Federal Law and take motivated decisions thereon;

 

(j)  ensure safekeeping and transfer of documents relating to the preparation and conduct of the election in accordance with the procedure approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(k)  exercise other powers under this Federal Law

 

2. The powers of a precinct election commission shall expire ten days after the official publication of the election general results if no complaints (statements) and protests have been received by a higher election commission about the decisions and actions (inaction) of the given election commission which resulted in the violation of the voting and the vote-counting procedure and if these facts are not being investigated by a court. The powers of a precinct election commission shall end after a final decision has been passed on the substance of the complaint (statement), protest by a higher commission or by a court if the voting returns are contested or appealed.

 

ARTICLE 29. Openness in the Activity of Election Commissions

 

1. Members and representatives of higher election commissions, a candidate registered by the given or a higher election commission or his/her agent, an authorized representative or agent of an electoral association, electoral bloc which has registered a federal list of candidates or a candidate on the said list may attend all meetings of any election commission and be present when votes are being counted and an appropriate precinct, territorial election commission is working with voter lists, ballots, absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma, protocols of voting returns and election results. The aforementioned persons shall not need any additional permission from the election commission to attend the meetings and be present when the election commission is working with the said electoral documents. The appropriate election commission shall provide free access for the aforementioned persons to meetings and to premises where it is counting votes and working with the said electoral documents. Media representatives may also be present at the commission’s meetings, at vote counting and when the appropriate election commission is working with the said electoral documents.

 

2. The appropriate election commission shall inform the election commission of the next higher level, each candidate registered in the given single-mandate electoral district or his/her agent, the authorized representative or the agent of each electoral association, electoral bloc which has registered federal lists of candidates about the time when the commission is to hold its meetings or work with the said documents.

 

3. Representatives of interested parties may be present at meetings of the election commissions during consideration of complaints (statements).

 

4. Election commissions shall inform voters about the results of registration of candidates, lists of candidates, biographies of registered candidates and other data of these candidates which were received by the election commission in accordance with this Federal law, voting returns for each registered candidate, federal list of candidates.

 

5. On voting day, including the day of early voting, from the time a precinct election commission begins its work and until receipt of a message that a higher election commission has adopted a protocol (protocols) of voting returns and also when votes are being recounted, the persons indicated in Clause 1 of this Article as well as observers, including foreign (international) observers may be present on the voting premises.

 

6. Observers, media representatives, foreign (international) observers may be present in other election commissions when these commissions are engaged in determining the voting returns, election results, drawing up protocols of voting returns, election results and when votes are being recounted.

 

7. Access to the premises of a precinct election commission of an election precinct formed in the territory of a military unit, in a closed administrative-territorial unit, hospital, sanatorium, holiday hotel, investigation and preliminary confinement wards and to the voting premises of the given election precinct shall be provided to all members of the election commission, persons indicated in Clause 1 of this Article, observers.

 

8. Each candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district, each electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates, each public association shall be entitled to appoint several observers to appropriate precinct election commissions, who on voting day, including the day of early voting, may monitor the proceedings on the voting premises in rotation during the time indicated in Clause 4 of this Article.

 

9. The powers of an observer shall be certified by written credentials issued by a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district, or his/her agent, electoral association, electoral bloc, public association whose interests are represented by the given observer. The credentials shall indicate the first, middle and last name of the observer, full address of his/her place of residence and the number of the electoral precinct, the name of the election commission (district, territorial, precinct) where the observer is sent. These credentials shall be valid if produced together with a passport or an equivalent identity paper. No advance notifications about sending of an observer shall be required.

 

10. The credentials indicated in Clause 9 of this Article may be produced to an election commission (precinct election commission or any other commission) at any time from the first meeting of the appropriate election commission until the work on the protocol of voting returns, election results, including the results of vote recounting is finished.

 

11. Observers shall be entitled to:

 

(a)  inspect voter lists;

 

(b) be present on the voting premises of the given electoral precinct on voting day at any time during the period indicated in Clause 5 of this Article;

 

(c) watch ballots being issued to voters;

 

(d) be present when voters vote outside the voting premises;

 

(e)  watch the counting of the number of voters on the voter lists, number of ballots issued to voters, canceled ballots; watch votes being counted on the voting premises from a distance and under conditions which allow them to observe the contents of ballots; inspect any marked and unmarked ballot when votes are counted; watch the election commission drawing up a protocol of voting returns and other documents during the period indicated in Clause 5 of this Article;

 

(f) make proposals and remarks concerning organization of voting to the chairman of a precinct election commission or, in his/her absence, to a person acting for him/her;

 

(g) inspect the protocols of voting returns drawn up by the given precinct election commission and protocols of voting returns, election results drawn up by other election commissions to which he/she is sent, make or receive from appropriate election commissions copies of the said protocols and documents attached thereto as well as other documents which have been received by these commissions or drawn up by them in the period indicated in Clause 5 of this Article, including the list of persons present at the voting. Upon the observer’s request the election commission shall certify the said copies or issue certified copies of the said documents to him/her.

 

(h) appeal decisions and actions (inaction) of the precinct election commission, other election commissions in the next higher election commission, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation or in a court;

 

(i)  be present when appropriate commissions recount votes.

 

12. Observers shall not:

 

(a) issue ballots to voters;

 

(b) sign for voters for the receipt of ballots, when asked to do so by them;

 

(c) mark ballots for voters when asked to do so by them;

 

(d) do anything that might violate the secrecy of voting;

 

(e) directly participate in the counting of ballots together with the voting members of the election commission;

 

(f) do anything that may interfere with the work of the election commission;

 

(g) carry on election propaganda among voters;

 

(h) participate in the adoption of decisions by the appropriate election commission.

 

13. Media representatives shall be entitled to examine decisions and protocols of the voting returns or election results drawn up by all election commissions, make, or receive from the appropriate election commission, copies of the said decisions and protocols and of documents attached thereto. Upon the request of a media representative an election commission shall certify a copy of its decision or copies of its protocols of voting returns or election results.

 

14. Copies of protocols and of other documents of election commissions shall be certified by the chairman or the secretary of the election commission. In this case, the aforementioned persons shall mark the certified document with the words "this is a true copy", sign the copy, affix the seal of the given election commission and indicate the date of certification.

 

15. Non-voting members of election commissions and observers present at the voting and at vote counting on the premises of precinct election commissions may wear conspicuous badges or cards which must contain no signs of election campaigning and show their status and whom they represent.

 

ARTICLE 30. Foreign (International) Observers

 

1. Foreign (international) observers shall receive a permission for entry into the Russian Federation in accordance with the procedure established by a federal law and, if they have an appropriate invitation, shall be accredited by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

2. Invitations may be extended by the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation after official publication of a decision to call the election. Proposals to send invitations may be made by international and national government and non-government organizations and private persons that enjoy high prestige in the field of the protection of human and civil rights and freedoms. The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation shall extend invitations in accordance with the proposals of each electoral association, electoral bloc which has factions in the State Duma.

 

3. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall issue a foreign (international) observer with an identity card of a standard form on the basis of the documents to be presented by him/her to confirm that he/she has been invited by one of the bodies or persons listed in Clause 2 of this Article. This identity card shall allow the foreign (international) observer to carry on his/her activity during the preparation and conduct of the election.

 

4. The activity of foreign (international) observers shall be regulated by this Federal Law, other federal laws.

 

5. The term of powers of a foreign (international) observer shall begin from the day on which the observer receives accreditation at the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and end on the day of official publication of the general election results.

 

6. A foreign (international) observer shall perform his/her tasks and functions independently, as he/she sees fit. The material and financial support for the activity of a foreign (international) observer shall be provided for the account of the organization which sent the observer or for his/her own account.

 

7. During his/her stay in the territory of the Russian Federation a foreign (international) observer shall be under the state patronage of the Russian Federation. Election commissions, federal bodies of state power and bodies of state power of Subjects of the Russian Federation shall render him/her the necessary assistance.

 

8. After voting day foreign (international) observers may express their opinion about electoral laws and the preparation and conduct of the election, hold press conferences and apply to the mass media.

 

9. Foreign (international) observers may meet with candidates, registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, agents of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

10. Foreign (international) observers shall not take advantage of their status to carry on activities unrelated to monitoring the course of the election campaign, the preparation and conduct of the election.

 

11. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may revoke accreditation of a foreign (international) observer if he/she violates federal laws or the generally accepted principles and norms of international law.

 

ARTICLE 31. Organization of the Activity of Election Commissions

 

1. The activity of election commissions shall be organized on a collective basis.

 

2. An election commission acting on a permanent basis shall hold its first meeting not later than the fifteenth day after the appointment of its voting members, however, not earlier than the expiry of the term of powers of the election commission of the previous composition. By such time not less than two-thirds of the established number of voting commission member shall be appointed.

 

3. An election commission which does not act on a permanent basis shall hold its first meeting not later than 3 days after its formation. The election commission shall be competent to start its activity if not less than two-thirds of the established number of its voting members have been appointed.

 

4. The chairman, the deputy chairman and the secretary of an election commission shall be elected by secret ballot at its first meeting from among voting members of the commission. As a rule, the chairman of a district election commission shall hold a diploma or an academic degree in law.

 

5. Meetings of an election commission shall be called by its chairman or the deputy chairman or upon a request of not less than one-third of voting members of the commission.

 

6. Voting members of election commissions shall attend all meetings of the commission.

 

7. A meeting of an election commission shall be competent to transact business if attended by the majority of the established number of voting members of the commission. A meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall be competent to transact business if attended by not less than two-thirds of the established number of voting members of the commission.

 

8. Decisions of election commissions on the election of the chairman, the deputy chairman and the secretary of the election commission and their removal from office, on the issues related to the financing of the preparation and conduct of the election, on the registration of candidates (lists of candidates), on voting returns and election results, on declaration of the election to have not taken place or to be null and void, on the holding of repeat elections, on the annulment of decisions of lower election commissions shall be taken by election commissions at their meetings by the majority of the established total number of the voting members of the commission.

 

9. Decisions of election commissions on other issues shall be adopted by the majority of votes cast by the voting members of the commission present at the meeting.

 

10. In the event of the parity of votes cast for and against a decision of an election commission the chairman of the election commission shall have a casting vote.

 

11. On the request of any member of an election commission and any member of a higher election commission present at its meeting the given election commission shall put to the vote any matter within the scope of its competence, which is being considered by the commission at its meeting in accordance with the approved agenda.

 

12. Minutes of proceedings shall be kept at all meetings of an election commission; all documents coming to an election commission shall be registered.

 

13. The minutes of proceedings and decisions of an election commission shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the election commission.

 

14. Members of an election commission who dissent from the decision adopted by the election commission shall be entitled to express in writing their dissenting opinion, which shall be considered by this commission, recorded in the minutes of its proceedings, attached to the said minutes and made known by the chairman of the election commission to the higher election commission within three days, or immediately, if the dissenting opinion is expressed on voting day or the day following voting day.

 

15. Election commissions may hire part-time personnel on the basis of labor and civil-law contracts for the performance of work related to the preparation and conduct of the election within the limits of the funds allocated to it from the federal budget.

 

16. During the period of the preparation and conduct of the election every week the TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations indicated in Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall provide free of charge not less than 15 minutes of air time on their channels to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations indicated in Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law not less than 10 minutes of air time to the election commissions of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and not less than 5 minutes of air time to district election commissions to clarify electoral laws, inform voters about the time and the procedure for the performance of the necessary electoral actions and the progress of the election campaign, answer voters’ questions.

 

17. During the preparation and conduct of the election the editorial offices of periodicals coming out at least once a week, which are indicated in Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law, shall provide not less than one percent of their weekly space to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation free of charge. During an election campaign editorial offices of periodicals coming out at least once a week, which are indicated in Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law, shall provide free of charge not less than one percent of their weekly space to the election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation and not less than 0.5 percent of their weekly space to district election commissions. Election commissions shall use this space to clarify electoral laws, inform voters about the time and the procedure for the performance of the necessary electoral actions, about candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, the progress of the election campaign and answer voters’ questions.

 

CHAPTER V. ELECTORAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

ARTICLE 32. Definition of an Electoral Association

 

1. An electoral association is a national political public association (a political party, other political organizations, a political movement) formed and registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in a procedure established by federal laws. A political public association or modifications and amendments to be made in its statute to impart to it the status of a political public association shall be registered not later than a year prior to voting day. This period shall not apply to other modifications and amendments made in the statute of a political public association.

 

2. The list of political public associations which meet the requirements of Clause 1 of this Article shall be made up by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. On the request of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation this list updated as of the date of the request shall be furnished to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation within ten days of the date on which the request was received.

 

3. A political public association which is a founder, member or participant of another political public association acting in the election of deputies of the State Duma as an electoral association or participating in the formation of an electoral bloc shall not act in this election as an electoral association either nominating a list of candidates independently or participating in the formation of an electoral bloc.

 

4. The rights of an electoral association shall also be enjoyed by electoral blocs formed for the period of the conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

ARTICLE 33. Electoral Blocs

 

1. Electoral blocs are groups of two and more electoral associations which voluntarily unite for joint participation in the election, meeting the requirements of Clause 32 of this Federal Law.

 

2. A decision to join an electoral bloc (indicating the names of the electoral associations with which an electoral bloc is to be formed) shall be adopted at the congress (conference) of each of electoral associations after which the authorized representatives of these electoral associations shall sign a joint decision to establish an electoral bloc.

 

3. For registration of an electoral bloc its authorized representative shall submit the following documents to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation:

 

(a) notarized copies of the statutes of political public associations which joined the electoral bloc;

 

(b) notarized copies of the certificates evidencing registration of the political public associations which joined the electoral bloc with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) minutes of proceedings of the congresses (conferences) of electoral associations and their decisions to join the electoral bloc;

 

(d) the joint decision to form an electoral bloc signed by the authorized representatives and certified by the seals of such electoral associations.

 

4. Electoral blocs shall be registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than five days after submission of the appropriate documents. These documents may be submitted simultaneously with but not later than the submission of a joint federal list of candidates and/or a list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts.

 

5. The reasons for the refusal of registration of an electoral bloc may only be the absence or improper execution of the documents indicated in Clause 4 of this Article, failure of one of or several public associations which joined the electoral bloc to meet the requirements of Article 32 of this Federal Law, other violations of this Federal Law. An electoral bloc shall not be refused registration if the number of its participants is less than that indicated in a decision of a congress (conference) of one of or several electoral associations which have formed the given electoral bloc.

 

6. During the period of the same election campaign the electoral associations comprised in an electoral bloc shall not join other electoral blocs or act as independent electoral associations.

 

7. After an electoral bloc has been registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation it shall not admit any other electoral associations as its members.

 

ARTICLE 34. The Name and Emblem of an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

 

1. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit information about the full and abbreviated name of the electoral association, electoral bloc to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation .

The name of an electoral association shall be the name indicated in the registered statute of the corresponding political public association.

 

2. The name of an electoral bloc shall be determined at the congress (conference) of the representatives of electoral associations which formed the given bloc. The name of an electoral bloc shall not make use of the name of any registered All-Russian public association which has not joined the given electoral bloc, regardless of whether or not this public association takes part in the election, or the name of another electoral bloc which has already been registered in the given election. Neither shall an electoral bloc use the name which it used in the previous elections to the State Duma if more than a half of electoral associations which were comprised in the given electoral bloc in the previous elections are no longer its members. The first and the last name of a natural person may be used in the name of an electoral bloc only with a written consent of the given natural person.

 

3. When submitting lists of candidates for certification an electoral association, electoral bloc may submit its emblem to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. An electoral association may submit the emblem described among other symbols of the corresponding political public association in its registered statute (hereafter "registered emblem") or some other emblem with the exception of registered emblems of other All-Russian public associations, emblems submitted by other electoral associations, electoral blocs in this or previous election. An electoral bloc may submit a registered emblem of any of electoral associations comprised in the electoral bloc or some other emblem with the exception of registered emblems of other electoral associations, emblems which have been submitted by other electoral blocs in this or previous election (unless the electoral bloc submitting an emblem is entitled to use the name of such a bloc in accordance with the Clause 2 of this Article). The symbols of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not infringe upon intellectual property rights of citizens, insult or denigrate state symbols (flags, coats-of-arms, national anthems) of the Russian Federation, Subjects of the Russian Federation, other states, their religious symbols and national sentiments and shall not violate the generally recognized moral norms. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall agree with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the abbreviated name (consisting of not more than seven words) and the emblem to be used in electoral documents.

 

4. The names and emblems of electoral associations, electoral blocs shall not be changed in the course of the election campaign.

 

ARTICLE 35. Authorized Representatives of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall appoint representatives authorized, under this Federal Law, to represent the electoral association, electoral bloc on all issues related to participation of the electoral association, electoral bloc in the election of deputies of the State Duma, including financial issues.

 

2. Authorized representatives shall be appointed by a decision of a congress (conference) of the electoral association or representatives of electoral associations which joined the electoral bloc or by a body authorized to do so by the congress (conference) of the electoral association or representatives of electoral associations which joined the electoral bloc.

 

3. An authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall act on the basis of a decision specified in Clause 2 of this Article; the decision shall indicate the powers of the authorized representative, his/her first, middle and last name, date of birth, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, place of residence, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), and, for an authorized representative for financial matters, the right of first or second signature on financial documents and the sample of a seal for financial documents.

 

4. The list of appointed authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The list of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc (except for authorized representatives for financial matters) shall also be submitted to district election commissions. The lists of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall indicate the first, middle and last name, date of birth, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, place of residence, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), telephone number of each authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc. The list submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be accompanied by a written consent of each of the listed persons to act in this capacity.

 

5. Subject to the decision of a body of an electoral association, electoral bloc authorized to take such decisions the electoral association, electoral bloc may at any time terminate the powers of an authorized representative by serving a written notice to this effect on this representative and sending a copy of the relevant decision to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and to district election commissions.

 

6. Authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs which occupy state or municipal offices shall not take advantage of their official position or status.

 

7. The term of powers of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall commence from the day of their appointment and expire upon the loss of the status by all candidates, registered candidates nominated on the appropriate list of candidates of the electoral association, electoral bloc which appointed the authorized representatives but not later than the day of official publication of the general election results. The term of powers of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc for financial matters shall expire 60 days after voting day and if the appropriate electoral association, electoral bloc is involved in on-going court proceedings, after the court hands down a final decision.

 

ARTICLE 36. Participation of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

Electoral associations, electoral blocs shall take part in the election of deputies of the State Duma on equal terms and conditions in accordance with a procedure established by this Federal Law.

 

CHAPTER VI. NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE STATE DUMA

 

ARTICLE 37. Nomination of a Candidate Directly by Voters

 

1. The right to nominate a candidate in a single-mandate electoral district shall be enjoyed by a citizen (citizens) of the Russian Federation who are eligible to vote in the territory of the given electoral district.

 

2. The right to nominate himself/herself as a candidate in a single-mandate electoral district shall be enjoyed by all citizens of the Russian Federation who are eligible to vote and are 21 years of age on voting day.

 

3. Nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may be carried out after official publication of the scheme of single-mandate electoral districts approved by a federal law, but not earlier than the day of official publication of a decision to call the election.

 

4. In the event of dissolution of the State Duma nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may be carried out after official publication of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation calling the early election of deputies of the State Duma of the new convocation or publication of the decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation adopted in pursuance of Clause 5 Article 5 of this Federal Law.

 

5. If the scheme of electoral districts has not been approved within the period established by Clause 7 Article 12 of this Federal Law, nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may begin 90 days prior to voting day.

 

6. Nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts in repeat elections and by-elections may be carried out after official publication of a decision to call these elections.

 

7. Persons initiating nomination of a candidate in a single-mandate electoral district shall notify in writing the appropriate district election commission of their initiative. The notification shall indicate the first, middle and last name of the candidate, his/her date of birth, main place of work or service and position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service) and address of the place of residence (the name of a Subject of the Russian Federation, raion, town, city or village, street, number of the building and apartment) of the candidate and the first, middle and last name, date of birth, the series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper of each of the persons initiating the nomination of the candidate.

 

8. Simultaneously with the notification about the initiative indicated in Clause 7 of this Article the initiators of nomination of a candidate shall send to the appropriate district election commission the statement of the candidate expressing his/her consent to run for election in the given single-mandate electoral district and readiness, if elected, to discontinue activities incompatible with the status of a deputy. The statement shall indicate the biographical data of the candidate (the first, middle and last name, date of birth, address of the place of residence, education, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service). If a candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the statement shall also indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The statement shall indicate citizenship of the candidate and, if the candidate has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, also the foreign citizenship (the name of the corresponding foreign state, the date when the citizenship was received and the reasons therefor).

 

9. A candidate nominated by voters may give a consent to run only in one single-mandate electoral district.

 

10. In the statement indicated in Clause 8 of this Article a candidate nominated by voters may also mention his/her membership in not more than one public association registered not later than a year prior to voting day in accordance with the procedure established by law as well his/her status in this public association provided that the candidate submits a document confirming this information and that this document is certified by a permanent governing body of the given public association. In this case, the candidate shall agree the abbreviated name of the given public association consisting of not more that seven words with a district election commission.

 

11. If a district election commission has not been formed when a candidate is nominated, the notification about the initiative indicated in Clause 7 of this Article, the candidate’s statement expressing the consent to run for election and the other documents indicated in Clause 8 of this Article shall be submitted to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation. The election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation shall forward these documents to a district election commission after its formation and election of its chairman.

 

12. An election commission shall issue the initiators of the candidate’s nomination a document confirming receipt of the documents submitted in accordance with this Article, immediately after these documents have been submitted.

 

ARTICLE 38. Nomination of Candidates by an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc in Single-Mandate Electoral Districts

 

1. A decision to nominate of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts shall be taken by an electoral association at its congress (conference) by secret ballot.

 

2. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled to nominate not more than one candidate in one single-mandate electoral district.

 

3. If this is not prohibited by the statute of the appropriate political public association, a decision to nominate candidates in single-mandate electoral districts in repeat elections and by-elections may be taken by a permanent governing body of an electoral association after official publication of a decision to call these elections.

 

4. When candidates in single-mandate electoral districts are nominated by an electoral bloc each electoral association comprised in the electoral bloc shall nominate candidates by secret ballot at its congress (conference). The congress (conference) of an electoral association shall also approve representatives authorized to take a decision to nominate a list of candidates for single-mandate electoral districts at a congress (conference) of representatives of the electoral associations which joined the electoral bloc. The decision to nominate a list of candidates from the electoral bloc shall be adopted at the said congress (conference) of representatives of electoral associations.

 

5. Nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may be carried out by an electoral association, electoral bloc after official publication of the scheme of single-mandate electoral districts approved by a federal law, but not earlier than the day of official publication of a decision to call the election.

 

6. In the event of dissolution of the State Duma nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may be carried out by an electoral association, electoral bloc after official publication of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation calling an early election of deputies of the State Duma of the new convocation or after publication the decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation adopted in pursuance of Clause 5 Article 5 of this Federal Law.

 

7. If the scheme of electoral districts has not been approved within the period established by Clause 6 Article 12 of this Federal Law, nomination of candidates in single-mandate electoral districts may be carried out by an electoral association, electoral bloc 90 days prior to voting day.

 

8. The decision of the congress (conference) of an electoral association, electoral bloc to nominate candidates shall be recorded in a protocol (or some other document) indicating:

 

(a) the number of registered participants in the congress (conference);

 

(b) the number of participants which is required for adoption of the decision under the statute of the electoral association, agreement for the formation of the electoral bloc;

 

(c) the decision to nominate candidates and the results of the vote taken on this decision (the list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts shall be appended to the protocol);

 

(d) the date of the decision.

 

9. The decision to nominate candidates shall contain the name and the number of the electoral districts in which each candidate will run for election. The list of candidates nominated by an electoral association shall be signed by the head of the electoral association and certified by its seal. When a list of candidates is to be nominated by an electoral bloc the decision to nominate candidates from an electoral association comprised in this electoral bloc shall be signed by the head of the given electoral association and certified by its seal. The list of candidates nominated by an electoral bloc shall be signed by the authorized representatives of the electoral bloc and certified by the seals of the electoral associations comprised in the electoral bloc

 

10. Subject to a decision of duly authorized bodies of an electoral association, electoral bloc, not later than 65 days prior to voting day, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled, with the consent of the candidate, registered candidate, to change the single-mandate district where this candidate, registered candidate was originally nominated by submitting a written application to this effect to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and to the appropriate district election commission. Subject to a decision of duly authorized bodies of an electoral association, electoral bloc, not later than 65 days prior to voting day, an electoral association, electoral bloc also may, with the consent of a candidate, registered candidate included on a federal list of candidates, nominate him/her to run for election in any single-mandate electoral district by serving a written notice to this effect on the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the corresponding district election commission, or, if this commission has not been formed, the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation. Decisions on these matters shall be taken by a body of the electoral association, electoral bloc authorized to take such decisions.

 

11. Electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be entitled to nominate candidates from persons who are not members of the given electoral association, political public associations forming the given electoral bloc.

 

ARTICLE 39. Nomination of a Federal List of Candidates by an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

 

1. A decision to nominate a federal list of candidates from an electoral association shall be taken by secret ballot at a congress (conference) of the electoral association.

 

2. When a federal list of candidates is nominated by an electoral bloc, each electoral association comprised in the electoral bloc shall at its congress (conference) nominate candidates by secret ballot. The congress (conference) of an electoral association shall also approve representatives authorized to take a decision to nominate a federal list of candidates from the electoral bloc at a congress (conference) of representatives of electoral associations which have joined this electoral bloc. A decision to nominate a federal list of candidates shall be taken at the said congress (conference) of representatives of electoral associations.

 

3. Nomination of a federal list candidates may be carried out by an electoral association, electoral bloc after official publication of a decision to call the election.

 

4. In the event of dissolution of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation nomination of a federal list of candidates may be carried out by an electoral association, electoral bloc after official publication of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation calling an early election of deputies of the State Duma of the new convocation or publication of the decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation adopted in pursuance of Clause 5 Article 5 of this Federal Law.

 

5. The decision of a congress (conference) of an electoral association, electoral bloc to nominate candidates shall be recorded in a protocol (or some other document) indicating:

 

(a) the number of registered participants in the congress (conference);

 

(b)  the number of participants which is required for adoption of the decision under the statute of the electoral association, agreement for the formation of the electoral bloc;

 

(c)  the decision to nominate candidates and the results of the vote taken on this decision together with the federal list of candidates.

 

(d) the date of the decision.

 

6. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled to include in the federal list of candidates persons who are not members of the given electoral association, political public associations comprised in the given electoral bloc.

 

7. The federal list of candidates from an electoral association shall be certified by the signature of the head of the electoral association and the seal of the electoral association. When a list of candidates is nominated by an electoral bloc, the decision to nominate candidates from the electoral association comprised in the given electoral bloc shall be certified by the signature of the head of this association and the seal of the electoral association. The decision to nominate a federal list of candidates from the electoral bloc shall be certified by signatures of the authorized representatives of the electoral bloc and the seals of the electoral associations comprised in the electoral bloc.

 

8. The composition of a federal list of candidates and the order in which candidates are arranged thereon shall be determined by an electoral association, electoral bloc. When determining the order of candidates on the list, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall split the whole list or a part of it into regional groups of candidates corresponding to Subjects of Russian Federation or groups of Subjects of the Russian Federation (hereinafter "regional groups of candidates"). In this case, the regional part of the list shall indicate to which Subject of the Russian Federation or group of Subjects of the Russian Federation (listing the Subjects of the Russian Federation) each of the regional groups corresponds as well as the name of each regional group of candidates, consisting of not more than five words. The federal part of the federal list of candidates which contains candidates who are not included into regional groups may contain not more than 18 candidates. A candidate may be mentioned in the federal list only once.

 

9. The federal list may include candidates for election to the State Duma nominated by the same electoral association, electoral bloc in single-mandate electoral districts.

 

10. The total number of candidates nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in the federal electoral district shall not exceed 270 persons.

 

ARTICLE 40. Submission of Lists of Candidates and Other Electoral Documents of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

 

1. The federal list of candidates and the list of candidates nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in single-mandate electoral districts shall be submitted by an authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. These lists shall indicate the first, middle and last name of each candidate, his/her date of birth, education, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service) and the place of residence (name of a Subject of the Russian Federation, raion, town, city or village) of each candidate and, on the candidate’s request, his/her membership in a public association (not more than one) registered not later than a year prior to voting day and his/her status therein. The lists of candidates shall be submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in a printed and a machine-readable form according to a format established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

2. Along with the lists of candidates the authorized representative of an electoral association shall submit the following documents:

 

(a) notarized copies of a certificate of registration of the political public association with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation;

 

(b) a notarized copy of the current statute of the political public association;

 

(c) the minutes of proceedings and the decision of the congress (conference) of the electoral association at which the candidates were nominated;

 

(d) powers of attorney of the authorized representatives of the electoral association executed according to the procedure set forth by this Federal Law.

 

3. An authorized representative of an electoral bloc shall submit to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the following documents:

 

(a) the minutes of proceedings of the congresses (conferences) of electoral associations with decisions to nominate candidates;

 

(b) the minutes of proceedings of the congress (conference) of representatives of the electoral associations which formed the electoral bloc and the decision to nominate lists of candidates from the electoral bloc;

 

(c) powers of attorney of authorized representatives of the electoral bloc executed according to the procedure set forth by this Federal Law.

 

4. Along with the documents mentioned in Clauses 1 –3 of this Article the authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the statements of candidates expressing their consent to run for election in the given federal electoral district and readiness, if elected, to discontinue activities incompatible with the status of a deputy of the State Duma. The statement shall indicate the biographical data (first middle and last name, date of birth, home address, education, main place of work or service (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), position and, on the candidate’s request, his/her membership in a public association (not more than one) registered not later than a year prior to voting day and his/her status therein. If the candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the statement shall also indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The statement shall indicate citizenship of the candidate and, if the candidate has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, also the foreign citizenship (the name of the corresponding foreign state, the date when the citizenship was received and reasons therefor). Information about convictions that have not expired or have not been cancelled and about foreign citizenship shall also be indicated in the list of candidates to be submitted for certification to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

5. A candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc may be included only on one federal list of candidates and may be nominated in only one single-mandate electoral district.

 

6. Within three days the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall consider the submitted documents and issue a certified copy of the federal list of candidates and/or a certified copy of the list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts to the authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc or a motivated decision to refuse to issue such copies. If an electoral bloc simultaneously submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the documents for its registration as provided by Article 33 of this Federal Law and the lists of candidates, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall consider all submitted documents within five days.

 

7. The reasons for the refusal to issue certified lists of candidates to an electoral association, electoral bloc may be the absence, incompleteness or improper execution of documents indicated in Clauses 1 - 4 of this Article or other breaches of the procedure established by this Federal Law for nomination of candidates.

 

8. An electoral association, electoral bloc may appeal the refusal to accept documents and issue copies of the lists of candidates in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, which shall consider the appeal within 3 days.

 

9. After a federal list of candidates, a list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts have been submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation no changes shall be made in the composition of the lists and in the order of arrangement of the candidates thereon save the changes due to withdrawal of candidates either on the basis of their personal applications or in consequence of the candidates being recalled by the electoral association, electoral bloc, the death of a candidate or the circumstances indicated in Clause 10 Article 38 of this Federal Law.

 

10. An electoral association, electoral bloc which nominated candidates in single-mandate electoral districts shall furnish to the appropriate district election commission a copy of the minutes of proceedings of the congress (conference) with the decision to nominate candidates, a copy of the list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, and the statement of the candidate expressing his/her consent to run in a single-mandate electoral district and his/her readiness if elected to discontinue activities incompatible with the status of a deputy as well as the data about the candidate indicated in Clause 4 of this Article. If a district election commission has not yet been formed, the said documents shall be submitted to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

11. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall make the certified federal lists of candidates and changes therein readily accessible (in the "read only" mode) to users of public information-communication networks. District election commissions or the election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation shall ensure access to the information concerning the candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts and to changes in this information.

 

ARTICLE 41. Measures to Ensure Equal Status of Candidates

 

1. All candidates shall have equal rights and bear equal obligations with the exception of the cases provided in this Federal Law. Candidates holding government and municipal offices shall not take advantage of their official position or status.

 

2. In this Federal Law taking advantage of an official position or status shall mean:

 

(a) involvement of persons who are subordinate to or dependent on the candidate in the line of duty, other government and municipal employees in the activity conducive to nomination and/or election during the working hours;

 

(b) use of premises occupied by state bodies or bodies of local self-government for carrying on the activity conducive to nomination and/or election if other candidates or registered candidates cannot use the same premises on the same terms and conditions;

 

(c) use of telephone, fax and other types of communication, information services, office equipment of state organizations or bodies of local self-government for conducting signature collection and election campaigning;

 

(d) use of state- or municipality-owned transport facilities free of charge or at reduced rates for carrying on the activity conducive to nomination and/or election. This provision shall not apply to persons using the said transport facilities in accordance with the federal law on state-provided security;

 

(e) collection of signatures or conduct of election campaigning by government or municipal employees in the course of business trips paid for from the state or municipal funds;

 (f) privileged access (compared to other candidates, registered candidates) to the mass media indicated in Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law for collecting signatures or election campaigning.

 

3. Compliance with the aforementioned restrictions must not interfere with the exercise by deputies, elected officials of their powers and performance of their obligations to voters.

 

4. In the course of an election campaign no charity activities shall be carried on by candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which have nominated lists of candidates or separate candidates, electoral associations comprised in electoral blocs which have carried out such nomination, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs and the organizations whose founders, owners, possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the said persons and/or organizations (representatives of the said organizations) as well as by other natural persons and legal entities acting on the request or on the instructions of the said persons and organizations. The said persons and organizations shall not ask other natural persons and legal entities to render material and financial aid or services to voters and organizations. Natural persons and legal entities shall not carry on charity activities on behalf or in support of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, their authorized representatives.

 

ARTICLE 42. Collection of Signatures in Support of a Candidate Directly Nominated by Voters

 

1. Collection of signatures in support of a candidate directly nominated by voters shall start on the day on which the voters give notice to the appropriate district election commission (election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation) in a procedure set forth by Article 37 of this Federal Law.

 

2. Save the case when an electoral deposit has been paid the number of signatures to be collected in support of nomination of a candidate shall be equal to not less than one per cent of the total number of voters registered in the territory of the given electoral district. In the event of an early election, the number of signatures to be collected in support of nomination of a candidate shall account for not less than 0.5 percent of the total number of voters registered in the territory of the given electoral district.

 

3. Signature lists shall be made up according to the form shown in Annex 1 to this Federal Law. Each signature list shall indicate the first, middle and last name of the candidate, his/her date of birth, main place of work or service, and position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), place of residence (the raion, town, city or village) and the name of the electoral district in which he/she is nominated. If a candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the signature list shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. If the candidate has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, the signature list shall indicate this fact along with the name of the corresponding foreign state.

 

4. The signature list shall also indicate the membership of the candidate in the public association, which the candidate indicated in his/her statement of consent to run for election in accordance with Clause 10 Article 37 or Clause 4 Article 40 of this Federal Law, and his/her status in this public association.

 

5. Signatures may be collected only among voters of the electoral district where the candidate consented to run for election.

 

ARTICLE 43. Collection of Signatures in Support of Candidates, a Federal List of Candidates Nominated by an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

 

1. Save the case when an electoral deposit has been paid an electoral association, electoral bloc which has nominated candidates in single-mandate electoral districts shall collect voter signatures in support of nomination of a candidate among voters of the electoral district in which the candidate consented to run for election, the number of such signatures to be collected in support of each candidature being not less than one percent of the total number of voters registered in the territory of the given electoral district. In the event of an early election the number of signatures to be collected in support of each candidature shall be not less than 0.5 percent of the total number of voters registered in the territory of the given electoral district.

 

2. Save the case when an electoral deposit has been paid an electoral association, electoral bloc which has nominated a federal list of candidates shall collect not less than 200 thousand voter signatures in its support, with each Subject of the Russian Federation accounting for not more than fourteen thousand of the required total number of signatures. In the event of an early election the aforesaid number of signatures shall be reduced by half.

 

3. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled to start collection of signatures in support of a federal list of candidates from the day on which a copy of the given list of candidates has been certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Signature collection shall not be allowed before a copy of the federal list of candidates is certified. Collection of signatures in support of a candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in a single-mandate electoral district shall begin from the day on which documents and information indicated in Clause 10 Article 40 of this Federal Law are submitted to a district election commission.

 

4. Signature lists shall be made up according to the form shown in Annexes 2 and 3 to this Federal Law.

 

5. When signatures are collected in support of a federal list of candidates, each signature list shall indicate the first, middle and last name, date of birth, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service) and the place of residence (raion, town or city, village) of the first three candidates who are at the top of the federal part of the federal list of candidates, as well as three candidates who lead the regional group of candidates for a Subject of the Russian Federation (a group of the Subjects of the Russian Federation) in which signatures are collected. If any one of these candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the signature list shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. If apart from Russian Federation citizenship any one of the candidates has foreign citizenship the signature list shall indicate this fact along with the name of the corresponding foreign state. Each signature list shall indicate the name of the Subject of the Russian Federation where signatures are collected. On a voter’s request the person collecting signatures in support of a federal list shall produce a copy of the federal list of candidates certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation or an official publication containing the list of candidates.

 

6. If signatures are collected in support of a candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in a single-mandate electoral district, then, in addition to the data listed in Clause 5 of this Article, the signature list shall indicate which electoral association, electoral bloc nominated the candidate and, at the candidate’s request, his/her membership in the corresponding public association indicated in his/her statement of consent to run for election in accordance with Clause 4 Article 40 of this Federal Law, and the candidate’s status in this public association.

 

ARTICLE 44. Procedure for the Collection of Signatures in Support of a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates and Execution of Signature Lists

 

1. Participation of the governing bodies of enterprises of all forms of ownership, institutions and organizations in the collection of signatures shall not be allowed. In the course of signature collection it shall be prohibited to resort to any form of coercion in order to force voters to put their signatures or to remunerate them for doing so and collect signatures when and where wages and salaries are paid. Gross or repeated violation of these bans may serve as a ground to invalidate the collected signatures and/or deny registration of a candidate, cancel registration of a registered candidate, deny registration or cancel registration of a federal list of candidates.

 

2. Voter signatures may be collected by adult citizens of the Russian Federation. A candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may sign a contract with a signature collector for collection of signatures. Remuneration for this work shall be paid only through the electoral fund of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

3. Voter signatures in support of candidates, federal lists of candidates may be collected at the place of work, service, study, residence and in other places where election campaigning and signature collection are not prohibited by federal laws.

 

4. Voters may put their signature in support of different candidates (federal lists of candidates), but only once in support of the same candidate (federal list of candidates). A voter shall put his/her signature and write the date on the signature list, indicating his/her first, middle and last name, year of birth (if the voter is 18 years old, also the day and month of birth), place of residence, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance. Data of voters who put their signatures in support of a candidate, federal list of candidates may be written on the signature list by a person who collects signatures in support of a candidate, federal list of candidates. These data shall not be written otherwise than by hand.

 

5. During collection of signatures in support of a candidate, federal list of candidates the signature list may be completed both on the face and on the back. The back shall be continuation of the face which together with the back shall have a single consecutive numeration of signatures. The certifying signatures shall be put on the back of the signature list.

 

6. When voter signatures are collected in support of nomination of a candidate in a single-mandate electoral district the signature list shall be certified by the signature collector who shall, with his/her own hand, write his/her data - the first, middle and last name, full home address, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, sign the signature list and write the date, and by the candidate who shall put his/her signature and write the date with his/her own hand against his/her first, middle and last name.

 

7. When voter signatures are collected in support of a federal list of candidates the signature list shall be certified by the signature collector who shall, with his/her own hand, write his/her data - the first, middle and last name, full home address, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, sign the signature list and write the date, and by an authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc who shall put his/her signature and write the date with his/her own hand against his/her first, middle and last name.

 

8. Each electoral association, electoral bloc, a voter, voters that have nominated the same candidate and notified the appropriate election commission of the nomination in writing shall collect the required number of signatures in support of the nomination of the candidate. Signatures collected by different initiators of the nomination of a candidate in support of the same candidate shall not be summed up.

 

9. After collection of voter signatures in support of a federal list of candidates has been completed authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall count the number of collected signatures separately for each Subject of the Russian Federation where signatures were collected and the total number of signatures. The counting results shall be entered in a protocol of the results of signature collection which shall be signed by authorized representatives of the electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

10. Initiators of the nomination of a candidate, a candidate or authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall count the number of signatures collected in support of the candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district and shall draw up and sign a protocol of the results of signature collection.

 

11. The number of voter signatures submitted to election commissions in support of candidates, federal lists of candidates may exceed the number of signatures required for registration established by this Federal Law however by not more than 15 percent.

 

12. Signature lists to be submitted to the appropriate election commissions shall be bound and numbered. The signature lists in support of a federal list of candidates shall be bound in files for each Subject of the Russian Federation where voter signatures were collected.

 

ARTICLE 45. Submission of Election-Related Documents for Registration of Candidates, Federal Lists of Candidates

 

1. For registration of a candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district the candidate or an authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc shall, not earlier than 85 days and not later than 55 days prior to voting day, submit the following election-related documents to the appropriate election commission to an appropriate election commission before 18.00 hours local time:

 

(a)  signature lists with voter signatures collected in support of nomination of the candidate;

 

(b) a protocol of signature collection results on a paper medium, in duplicate, according to the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) information about changes in the candidate’s data submitted earlier in pursuance of Clauses 7 and 8 Article 37 and Clauses 1 and 4 Article 40 of this Federal Law;

 

(d) information concerning the amount and sources of the candidate’s income;

 

(e) information concerning the property owned by the candidate;

 

(f) the first financial report of the candidate.

 

2. To have a federal list of candidates registered an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit the following election-related documents to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not earlier than 85 days and not later than 55 days prior to voting day, before 18.00 hours Moscow time:

 

(a) signature lists with voter signatures collected in support of the federal list of candidates;

 

(b) a protocol of the results of signature collection on a paper medium in duplicate and on a machine-readable medium according to the format established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) information about changes which were made in the federal list of candidates after certification of its copy and changes in the data of each candidate on the federal list of candidates submitted in pursuance of Clauses 1 and 4 Article 37 of this Federal Law;

 

(d) information concerning the amount and sources of income of each candidate;

 

(e) information concerning the property owned by each candidate;

 

(f) the first financial report of the electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

3. Information concerning the amount and sources of income shall be submitted in the form of a copy of the tax return of a citizen who is a candidate for the year preceding the election year (with a note of the tax authorities). If, under Russian Federation laws on taxes and levies, a citizen who is a candidate does not have to file a tax return, information about the aggregate income of the candidate for the year preceding the election year shall be issued by the organization where the candidate received this income. Information concerning the property owned by the candidate shall be submitted in a form established by Annex 4 to this Federal Law. The list of the information concerning the income and property subject to publication shall be established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

4. When accepting election-related documents election commissions shall certify each file containing signature lists by their seal, make sure that the number of submitted signature lists corresponds to the number indicated in the protocol of the results of voter signature collection and then issue to the candidate or an authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc a written receipt certifying the acceptance of the signature lists and indicating the number of accepted signature lists, the stated number of signatures, the date and time of their acceptance. An election commission shall not restrict admission to the premises of the commission for a candidate, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc nor shall it refuse to accept election-related documents required for registration from these persons if the documents were delivered before expiration of the time indicated in Clauses 1 and 2 of this Article.

 

5. At the option of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc the appropriate election commission shall register the candidate, a federal list of candidates either on the basis of the submitted voter signatures or on the basis of an electoral deposit – a sum of money paid by the candidate into a special account of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation or by an electoral association, electoral bloc into a special account of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the said special accounts to be opened at branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation. Upon payment of an electoral deposit the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit to the appropriate election commission a copy of the payment order for remittance of money from the electoral fund bearing the note of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation saying that the order has been accepted for execution, as well as other documents unrelated to signature collection, which are required for registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates under this Federal Law in accordance with Clause 1 or 2 of this Article, respectively. The amount of an electoral deposit and the procedure for its payment are established by Article 64 of this Federal Law.

 

ARTICLE 46. Verification by Election Commissions of the Authenticity of Data Contained in Signature Lists and Information Submitted by Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall check to make sure that nomination of a federal list of candidates complies with the requirements of this Federal Law and shall verify the authenticity of data contained in signature lists in support of a federal list of candidates for each electoral association, electoral bloc which submitted the documents required by this Federal Law. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may verify authenticity of the biographic and other information submitted by candidates, electoral associations electoral blocs in accordance with this Federal Law.

 

2. The appropriate district election commission shall check to make sure that nomination of a candidate complies with the requirements of this Federal Law and shall verify the authenticity of the data contained in signature lists in support of each candidate who submitted the documents required by this Federal Law. The district election commission may verify authenticity of the biographic and other data submitted by the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc in accordance with this Federal Law.

 

3. An election commission may request appropriate bodies to verify the authenticity of the information submitted in accordance with this Federal Law, and these bodies shall inform the election commission about the results of the verification within ten days or, ten days or less prior to voting day, within the time established by the election commission.

 

4. An appropriate election commission by its decision may form working groups from members of the election commission, members of the commission’s staff, invited specialists to verify the authenticity of signatures and corresponding data contained in the signature lists. The verification may be carried out with the involvement of members of lower election commissions, experts from among specialists of the interior-affairs agencies, juridical bodies, military commissariats, and other specialized institutions and organizations in charge of registration of the population in the Russian Federation. On the basis of their conclusions the data in signature lists may be pronounced to be unauthentic. In order to check authenticity of the information contained in signature lists with voter signatures, election commissions shall be entitled to use the state system of registration (recording) of voters, referendum participants.

 

5. Verification shall cover not less than 20 percent of the number of voter signatures required for the registration of each candidate (federal list of candidates) and the corresponding data of voters who put their signatures. An equal number of signatures collected in support of the nomination of each candidate, federal list of candidates shall be sampled for initial verification. If the number of signatures required for registration does not exceed 600 signatures, the verification shall cover all signatures. Signature lists to be subjected to selective verification shall be chosen by random sampling (by lot). The random sampling procedure shall be determined by the appropriate election commission. In a district election commission lot-drawing and verification of signature lists may be witnessed by candidates nominated in the given electoral district or their authorized representatives, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs which nominated candidates for the single-mandate electoral district, in the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation - by authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs which nominated federal lists of candidates. Whenever law-drawing is to be conducted and authenticity of the collected signatures is to be verified the time appointed for verification shall be made known by the election commission to the aforementioned persons. The election commission shall not refuse to allow other persons sent by candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs to participate in the verification. The verification shall cover all signatures on the signature lists chosen for verification.

 

6. On the basis of verification of the data of signature lists a voter signature may be found authentic or unauthentic.

 

7. Signatures and data corresponding thereto contained in signature lists but deleted (stricken out) by nominators of a candidate (federal list of candidates) before the signature lists were submitted to the appropriate election commission shall not be verified or counted, if the nominators have made a special note to confirm the deletion.

 

8. If verification of signature lists reveals several signatures put by one person in support of the nomination of the same candidate (federal list of candidates), only one signature shall be deemed authentic and the remaining signatures shall be deemed unauthentic.

 

9. The following signatures shall be also deemed unauthentic:

 

(a) signatures of persons who are not eligible to vote in the given single-mandate electoral district, Subject of the Russian Federation, and signatures of voters who indicated wrong data in signature lists. In this case, a signature shall be deemed unauthentic if official information to this effect has been supplied by an internal affairs body or a corresponding conclusion has been made by a specialist involved in the work of the election commission in accordance with Clause 4 of this Article;

 

(b) voter signatures put on the signature list before the date on which a district election commission, the election commission of the Russian Federation was notified about nomination of the candidate or before the date on which a copy of the federal list of candidates was certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(c)  voter signatures without indication of some of the data required under this Federal Law;

 

(d)  signatures deemed invalid on the basis of Clause 1 Article 44 of this Federal Law;

 

(e) signatures put in the name of different persons by the same person or in the name of one person by another person;

 

(f)  voter signatures accompanied by voter data which are not written by hand or written with a pencil;

 

(g)  voter signatures with the signing date corrected by voters and by persons certifying signature lists, if the correction has not been expressly endorsed by the voter or the person certifying signature lists, respectively;

 

(h) all signatures on the signature list if the signature list has not been certified by an autograph signature of the signature collector and/or a candidate, authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc, or if this signature is unauthentic;

 

10. Signatures written in the name of different persons by one person or in the name of one person by another person shall be deemed unauthentic on the basis of a written conclusion of an expert invited by the election commission in accordance with Clause 4 of this Article.

 

11. If a filled-in line (lines) is (are) discovered on the signature list, which does (do) not meet the requirements of this Federal Law, only the signature in the given line (given lines) shall be disregarded, with the exceptions of cases provided by Clause 8 and Clause 9h of this Article.

 

12. Corrections and blots endorsed when a signature list was made up shall not be a reason for deeming a signature unauthentic when signatures are counted or verified unless the signature was found to be unauthentic in accordance with Clauses 8 and 9 of this Article.

 

13. If the number of signatures found to be unauthentic in the course of selective verification exceeds 15 percent of the number of signatures selected for verification, an additional 15 per cent of the number of voter signatures required for registration shall be subjected to verification.

 

14. If the total number of unauthentic signatures discovered in the course of selective verification exceeds 15 percent of the total number of signatures subject to verification under Clauses 5 and 13 of this Article, further verification of the signature lists shall be discontinued and the candidate, federal list of candidates shall not be registered.

 

15. A candidate, federal list of candidates shall not be registered if the number of submitted voter signatures minus the number of signatures found unauthentic is insufficient for registration.

 

16. After the end of verification of signature lists a protocol of verification results shall be drawn up for each candidate, federal list of candidates. The protocol shall be signed by the head of the appropriate working group - a voting member of the given election commission and shall be submitted to the election commission for adoption of an appropriate decision. The protocol shall indicate the stated number of voter signatures, the number of submitted voter signatures, the number of signatures subjected to verification, the number of signatures found to be unauthentic and the reasons therefor. The protocol shall be appended to the appropriate decision of the election commission. No changes shall be made in the protocol after the decision has been taken. A copy of the protocol shall be furnished to a candidate, authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc not less than 12 hours prior to the meeting of the election commission at which registration of the candidate, federal list of candidates is to be considered. If more than 15 percent of voter signatures subject to verification were found to be unauthentic, the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled to request a verification report from the election commission certified thereby along with a copy of the protocol. The report shall set forth the reasons why the voter signatures were found to be unauthentic and indicate the number of the folder, the number of the signature list and the number of the line of the list which contain each such signature.

 

ARTICLE 47. Registration of Candidates, a Federal List of Candidates

 

1. Not later than ten days after acceptance of signature lists (after an electoral deposit has been paid into the special account of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation) and after acceptance of other documents required for registration of a federal list of candidates the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall either register the federal list of candidates or take a motivated decision to refuse its registration. Not later than ten days after acceptance of signature lists or after an electoral deposit has been paid into the special account of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation and after acceptance of other documents required for registration of a candidate in a single-mandate electoral district the district election commission shall either register the candidate or take a motivated decision to refuse his/her registration. If the candidate to be registered has been nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc, the decision of a district election commission shall mention that the candidate has been nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc. The decision to grant registration shall indicate the date and time of the registration.

 

2. If a candidate, registered candidate uses a pseudonym in his/her creative activity or if there are persons bearing the same surnames among the candidates, the said candidate, registered candidate may, within five days after the deadline for the submission of documents for registration of candidates (federal lists of candidates), register his/her creative pseudonym with the appropriate election commission and, if there is another person bearing the same surname, any pseudonym which he/she may use in the course of the election campaigning along with his/her true first, middle and last name and which shall be indicated, along with the true first, middle and last name, in all official documents (including information documents) and in other materials issued by election commissions. Such a pseudonym shall not be the name or the already registered pseudonym of some other candidate nominated or registered in the same electoral district or in an electoral district which has common boundaries with the given electoral district.

 

3. One and the same person shall not be registered on more than one federal list of candidates and in more than one single-mandate electoral district. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district as a candidate nominated directly by voters or by way of self-nomination shall not be simultaneously registered in the same electoral district as a candidate from an electoral association, electoral bloc. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district as a candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not be concurrently included on a registered list of candidates of another electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

4. One and the same person may be registered as a candidate for the federal electoral district and, simultaneously, as a candidate in one of single-mandate electoral districts, if the candidate and the federal list of candidates were nominated by the same electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

5. If the rules for registration of a candidate laid down by Clauses 3 and 4 of this Article have been violated, the valid registration shall be that carried out earlier and the later registration shall be annulled by the appropriate election commission if, within 24 hours, the registered candidate has not filed an application to cancel the earlier registration.

 

6. Having taken a decision to refuse registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates, the election commission shall, within 24 hours after its adoption, issue a copy of this decision stating the reasons for the refusal to the candidate, to the voter, voters who have nominated the candidate or to the authorized representatives of the electoral association, electoral bloc which has nominated the list of candidate. The reasons for the refusal may be the following:

 

(a) serious violation of the signature collecting procedure established by this Federal Law;

 

(b) absence or improper execution of the documents indicated in Articles 37, 40 and 45 of this Federal Law;

 

(c) insufficient number of submitted authentic voter signatures in support of a candidate, federal list of candidates or the proportion of unauthentic signatures found among the signatures subjected to verification exceeding 10 percent, unless an electoral deposit has been paid for registration;

 

(d) inaccuracy of the information submitted by candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs in accordance with this Federal Law, if the inaccuracy is essential (inaccuracy of the information concerning separate candidates on the federal list of candidates of an electoral association, electoral bloc may only serve as a basis for eliminating the corresponding candidates from the certified federal list);

 

(e) serious violation of the rules for the formation of an electoral fund of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc and its expenditure;

 

(f) violation of Clause 4 Article 41 of this Federal Law by a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc;

 

(g) other reasons provided by this Federal Law.

 

7. Collection of voter signatures and their submission to an election commission for registration of a candidate, list of candidates by a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not be a reason for the refusal of registration if the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc has paid an electoral deposit.

 

8. If any signs of a criminal or administrative offence have been discovered, an election commission shall hand over appropriate electoral documents and materials to law enforcement bodies to bring to responsibility the persons who violated the provisions of this Federal Law.

 

9. If the inaccuracy of the information submitted by a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc in accordance with Articles 37, 40 and 45 of this Federal Law has been established after registration of the candidate (federal list of candidates) and this inaccuracy is essential, an election commission may, not later than 16 days prior to voting day, annul the decision to register the candidate (eliminate the candidate from the federal list of candidates) and, 15 - 1 days prior to voting day, apply to a court for annulling registration of the candidate (elimination of the candidate from the federal list of candidates).

 

10. The decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to register a federal list of candidates or to refuse its registration may be appealed in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the decision of a district election commission to register a candidate or to refuse registration, in the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, or in a court of law of a Subject of the Russian Federation. The appeal shall be considered within five days.

 

11. A certificate of registration shall be issued to each registered candidate. Within 48 hours after registration the registered federal lists of candidates together with the data of the candidates as well as the data of candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts shall be made available to the mass media by the appropriate election commissions. Not later than 15 days prior to voting day district and territorial election commissions shall display information about registered candidates and federal lists of candidates on bulletin boards inside their premises; the said information shall contain the data listed in Clauses 7 and 8 Article 37 of this Federal Law. The same procedure shall be used to announce information concerning cancelled registration of registered candidates, federal lists of candidates, changes in the membership of electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates, withdrawal of registered candidates from federal lists of candidates. Information concerning registered candidates and electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be arranged in the same sequence as in ballots.

 

12. If, 45 prior to voting day, only one candidate or no candidates have been registered in a single-mandate electoral district and if only one federal list of candidates or no such lists have been registered in the federal electoral district, by a decision of the appropriate district election commission, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the election shall be postponed for a period not exceeding two months to carry out additional nomination of candidates, lists of candidates and perform subsequent electoral actions.

 

CHAPTER VII. STATUS OF REGISTERED CANDIDATES

 

ARTICLE 48. Equality of Registered Candidates

 

1. All registered candidates shall have equal rights and bear equal obligations, except as provided otherwise by this Federal Law, Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum", other federal laws.

 

2. Registered candidates holding government offices of category "A" according to the federal law "On the Basic Principles of the Civil Service in the Russian Federation" and registered candidate holding elective municipal offices shall not take advantage of their official position.

 

3. Registered candidates who are on civil or municipal service or work in the mass media as staff members or under a contract or labor agreement shall be released from the performance of their official duties during their participation in the election and shall, within three days after registration, submit a certified copy of the relevant order (directive) to the election commission and they shall not take advantage of their official position or status.

 

4. The list of violations of the principle of equal suffrage committed by taking advantage of the official position and status is given in Clause 2 Article 41 of this Federal Law.

 

5. Registered candidates holding government offices of category "A" or an elective municipal office shall carry on election campaigning only when they are off duty. This rule shall not apply when a registered candidate is to use free air time on the channels of the state and municipal TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations as provided in Article 56 of this Federal Law.

 

6. Officials, journalists and creative staff members of TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of mass media shall not participate in highlighting the election campaign through the mass media if these persons are registered candidates or agents of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, or authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

7. Compliance with the restrictions imposed by this Article shall not prevent deputies, elected officials from exercising their powers and performing their obligations to voters.

 

8. In the course of an election campaign no charity activities shall be carried on by registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates or nominated a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district, by associations comprised in electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates or nominated registered candidates in single-mandate electoral districts, by agents and authorized representatives of such electoral associations, electoral blocs, by agents of registered candidates and by organizations whose founders, owners or possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the said persons and organizations and also by other natural persons and legal entities acting on the request or on instructions of the said persons and organizations. The said persons and organizations shall not ask other natural persons and legal entities to render material and financial aid or services to voters and organizations. Natural persons and legal entities shall not carry on charity activities on behalf or in support of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, their authorized representatives and agents.

 

ARTICLE 49. Guarantees for the Activity of Registered Candidates

 

1. Upon a candidate’s request, report the management of an enterprise, institution, organization, the commander of a military unit, the head of an internal affairs body where the registered candidate works, serves or undergoes military training shall without delay release the registered candidate from work, service, study on any day and at any time during the period from the date of the candidate’s registration by the appropriate election commission to the day of the official publication of the election results. If a candidate is released from work, service, the appropriate election commission shall pay the registered candidate monetary compensation in the amount of his/her average monthly wage (salary, pay), which shall not exceed by more than 10 times the minimum wage established by the federal law as of the day on which a decision to call (hold) the election was officially published. The monetary compensation shall be paid to the registered candidate for the period during which he/she is released from the main work on the basis of an order of the management of the main place of work granting the candidate an unpaid leave.

 

2. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district shall be compensated for the cost of fare of urban and suburban public transport (not more than 30 trips) and inter-city public transport within the territory of the given district (not more than four trips). In cities where there are several electoral districts a candidate registered in one of these districts shall be compensated for travel expenses in the amount equal to the cost of one pass for all means of urban transport. If a registered candidate lives outside a single-mandate electoral district where he/she runs for election the travel expenses shall be additionally compensated for four trips by public railway, water or motor transport or the cost of two air tickets for a round trip to the electoral district. Payment for trips of a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district shall be made from the funds allocated from the federal budget to the appropriate election commission for the preparation and conduct of the election.

 

3. A registered candidate included in the federal part of a federal list of candidates shall be compensated for the cost of fare for two trips within the territory of the Russian Federation by any means of inter-city public transport. A registered candidate included in the regional part of a federal list of candidates shall be compensated for the cost of fare of public urban and suburban transport (not more than thirty trips) and public inter-city transport (not more than four trips) within the region where the candidate is included in the regional group of candidates. If a registered candidate resides outside the region where he/she is included in the regional group, he/she shall be additionally compensated for travel expenses incurred in four round trips to the region by public railway, water or motor transport or two round trips by air transport. Payment for these trips shall be made by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation from the funds allocated from the federal budget for the preparation and conduct of the election.

 

4. Registered candidates shall be compensated for travel expenses incurred from the day of their registration to the day of official publication of the election results. No compensation shall be paid for taxi trips and the use of chartered transport. Travel expenses for suburban and inter-city trips shall be compensated upon production of tickets bought for the trips (from the point of departure to the point of destination) and for urban trips - upon production of a pass for the appropriate period.

 

5. No monetary compensation and no compensation for travel expenses shall be paid after the final financial report has been submitted to the appropriate election commission by a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that registered the federal list of candidates.

 

6. During the period indicated in Clause 1 of this Article a registered candidate shall not be dismissed from his/her job; expelled from an educational establishment; transferred to another job or position including jobs in other localities or sent on business trips by the management (employer) without his/her consent; called up for military or alternative service or military training. The time of participation of a registered candidate in the election shall be included in his/her overall service record in accordance with his/her specialty before registration.

 

7. During the period indicated in Clause 1 of this Article a registered candidate shall not be subjected to criminal prosecution, arrested and no administrative punishments shall be imposed on the candidate by a court without the consent of the Procurator General of the Russian Federation. Having given such a consent, the Procurator General of the Russian Federation shall serve a notice to this effect on the election commission which has registered the candidate.

 

8. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc which has registered a federal list of candidates shall be entitled to receive from the appropriate district election commission a list of electoral precincts indicating their boundaries, the addresses and telephone numbers of territorial and precinct election commissions, addresses of voting premises.

 

ARTICLE 50. Agents of Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district shall be entitled to appoint up to 20 agents and an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates up to 500 agents. These persons shall be registered with the district election commission and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, respectively. Election commissions shall register agents within three days upon receipt of a written request of a candidate or an electoral association, electoral bloc and a statement of the person expressing his/her consent to be an agent. The statement or request in respect of each candidature of an agent shall indicate the first, middle and last name, date of birth, main place of work or service (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), position, place of residence (the name of the Subject of the Russian Federation, raion, city, other populated center, street, number of the house and the apartment), series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper, date of its issuance.

 

2. Agents shall receive official cards from an election commission. The administration (employer) shall grant an unpaid leave of absence to agents on their request for the period indicated in Clause 1 of Article 49.

 

3. Agents shall carry on campaigning and other activities which are conducive to the election of a registered candidate (list of candidates). An agent shall also exercise the powers of an observer.

 

4. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs that have appointed agents may, at any time, recall them and appoint other agents in their place by serving an appropriate notice on the election commission which shall annul the cards issued to the recalled agents. Agents may, at any time, resign their powers on their own initiative by returning their cards to the election commission and serving an appropriate notice on a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

5. The powers of agents shall commence from the day on which agents are registered by the appropriate election commission and end upon the loss of the status by a registered candidate who appointed the agents, or upon the loss of their status by all candidates nominated on a federal list of candidates by an electoral association, electoral bloc which appointed the agents, save the case indicated in Clause 4 of this Article but not later than the day of official publication of the general election results and, if complaints about violations of this Federal Law are being investigated by a court, not later than the date of the final decision of the court.

 

ARTICLE 51. Withdrawal of Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. A candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district may, at any time, withdraw his/her statement expressing the consent to run for election, by serving a written notice to this effect on the appropriate election commission. Such a notice shall not be recalled.

 

2. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district may, at any time but not later than three days prior to voting day, withdraw his/her candidature by submitting a written application to the appropriate district election commission. Such an application. shall not be recalled. Based on the received application the district election commission shall, within 24 hours, annul registration of the candidate who has submitted the application. If a registered candidate withdraws his candidature without compelling reasons, the district election commission shall collect from the candidate the funds received by the candidate from the federal budget for the conduct of the election campaign.

 

3. A candidate, registered candidate on a federal list of candidates may, at any time but not later than five days prior to voting day, refuse to continue participation in the election on the federal list of candidates by submitting a written application to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Such an application shall not be recalled. Based on the received application the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall, within 24 hours, eliminate the registered candidate from the given federal list.

 

4. The actions listed in Clauses 1 - 3 of this Article shall not deprive the person who undertook them of a right to be nominated again in the same election in any electoral district in accordance with the procedure and within the period established by this Federal Law.

 

5. At any time but not later than five days prior to voting day, an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates shall be entitled to recall the federal list of candidates by submitting an appropriate written application to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The said application shall not be recalled.

 

6. An electoral association comprised in an electoral bloc may, at any time but not later than five days prior to voting day, refuse to participate in the election within the given electoral bloc subject to a decision of the duly authorized body of this electoral association by submitting a written application to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. After this, the given electoral association may act as an independent electoral association or join another electoral bloc in accordance with the procedure and within time limits established by this Federal Law. If, after the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation has certified the copy of a list (lists) of candidates nominated by an electoral bloc, all electoral associations comprised in the given electoral bloc with the exception of one electoral association refuse to participate in the election, this electoral association may continue to participate in the election as an electoral association using the name and symbols and assuming the rights and obligations of the electoral bloc which has submitted the list of candidates. This right shall not apply if registration of a federal list of candidates has been refused or its registration has been annulled in accordance with Clause 11 of this Article.

 

7. Refusal of an electoral bloc to participate in the election shall not deprive the electoral associations comprised in this electoral bloc of the right to participate in this election, for which candidates shall be nominated once again and other electoral actions shall be carried out in accordance with a procedure established by this Federal Law.

 

8. An electoral association on the basis of its statute, an electoral bloc by a decision of the duly authorized representatives of electoral associations comprised in the bloc shall be entitled to remove some candidates (registered candidates) from the federal list certified by (registered with) the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation at any time, however, not later than five days prior to voting day.

 

9. An electoral association in accordance with its statute, an electoral bloc by a decision of the representatives duly authorized by electoral associations comprised in the bloc may, at any time but not later than five days prior to voting day, recall the candidate, registered candidate nominated by them in a single-mandate electoral district by submitting a written application to this effect to the appropriate district election commission. If the recalled candidate is a registered candidate, the district election commission shall collect from the electoral association, electoral bloc the budget funds received by the registered candidate.

 

10. An election commission which took a decision to annul registration of a candidate shall promptly serve a notice to this effect on the person in respect of whom the decision was taken and shall issue a copy of the decision to this person.

 

11. If the number of candidates, registered candidates eliminated from a federal list of candidates on the basis of their applications or by the decision of an electoral association, electoral bloc exceeds 25 percent of the total number of candidates on the certified federal list of candidates or in the event of withdrawal of one of or several candidates occupying the first three places in the federal part of the certified federal list of candidates (if their withdrawal is not due to compelling reasons indicated in Clause 16 of this Article) the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall refuse to register the list of candidate or shall annul its registration.

 

12. No new persons shall be put on the list of candidates and no changes shall be made in the order in which the candidates are arranged on the list except the cases when such changes result from the withdrawal of some candidates and the case provided by Clause 10 Article 38 of this Federal Law. If changes are made in a federal list of candidates in accordance with a procedure conforming to this Federal Law and to the statute of an electoral association, agreement on the formation of an electoral bloc, this shall not be used as a reason for the refusal to register a federal list, annulment of a decision to register a federal list of candidates.

 

13. If an electoral association, electoral bloc recalls its federal list of candidates in accordance with Clause 5 of this Article without any compelling reasons or if registration of a federal list of candidates has been annulled in accordance with Clause 11 of this Article, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall collect federal budget funds from the electoral association, electoral bloc which received them.

 

14. If, by voting day, no registered candidates or only one registered candidate remains in an electoral district or if no registered federal lists of candidates or only one such list remains in the federal electoral district, by a decision of the district election commission, Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, respectively, the election shall be postponed for a period not exceeding two months in a single-mandate electoral district and three months in the federal electoral district for additional nomination of candidates, lists of candidates and performance of subsequent electoral actions.

 

15. If the circumstances indicated in Clause 14 of this Article result from the fact that a registered candidate has withdrawn his/her candidature or an electoral association, electoral bloc has recalled a registered candidate without compelling reasons or registration of a candidate has been annulled in accordance with Clause 3 or 5 Article 91 of this Federal Law or an electoral association, electoral bloc has recalled a registered federal list of candidates without compelling reasons or registration of a federal list of candidates has been annulled in accordance with Clause 11 of this Article, Clauses 3 or 5 Article 91 of this Federal Law, all expenses incurred by the appropriate election commission in the preparation and conduct of the election shall be collected from this registered candidate, electoral association, electoral bloc. If the obligation to compensate for these funds is imposed on an electoral bloc, the said funds shall be equally divided between the electoral associations comprised in the given bloc as of the date on which the relevant decision was taken by the electoral bloc or as of the date of the decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to annul registration of a federal list, unless another method of division is envisaged in the agreement on the establishment of the bloc submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

16. In this Federal Law the reasons compelling a registered candidate to withdraw his/her candidature or an electoral association, electoral bloc to recall a candidate mean the pronouncement of a registered candidate to be incompetent, serious illness, persistent health problems of a registered candidate or his next of kin. The reasons compelling an electoral association, electoral bloc to recall a registered candidate mean the pronouncement of a registered candidate to be incompetent, serious illness, persistent health problems of a registered candidate. The reasons compelling an electoral association, electoral bloc to recall a federal list of candidates mean withdrawal due to compelling circustances or death or presumptive death of candidates who occupied the top three places in the federal part of the federal list, over 50 percent (but not less than six) candidates from the federal part of the federal list of candidates, incapacitation of more than 25 percent of the candidates on the federal list of candidates.

 

CHAPTER VIII. ELECTION CAMPAIGNING

 

ARTICLE 52. Election Campaigning and Its Forms

 

1. Election campaigning may be conducted:

 

(a) through the mass media;

 

(b) by organizing public events (conferences and meetings with citizens, rallies, marches, demonstrations, public debates and discussions);

 

(c) by issuing and distributing printed, audiovisual and other propaganda materials;

 

(d) in other forms which are not prohibited by law.

 

2. Election campaigning through the mass media shall be conducted in the form of public debates, discussions, "roundtables", press conferences, interviews, speeches, political advertising, demonstration of TV stories and video films about a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc and in other forms which are not prohibited by law. A registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled to select the form and nature of their election campaigning at their own discretion.

 

3. Election campaigning shall not be conducted and any kind of election propaganda materials shall not be produced and distributed by:

 

(a) federal bodies of state power, bodies of state power of subjects of the Russian Federation, other state bodies, bodies of local self-government;

 

(b) persons who hold government and municipal offices, government and municipal employees, servicemen when they are discharging their official duties or taking advantage of their official position and status;

 

(c) military units, military establishments and organizations;

 

(d) charity and religious organizations and organizations founded by them;

 

(e) election commissions, voting members of election commissions.

 

ARTICLE 53. Election Campaigning Period

 

1. Election campaigning shall start from the day of registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates, unless otherwise established by this Federal Law, and shall end at 00.00 local time one day prior to voting day. No election campaigning shall be allowed on voting day and a day before.

 

2. Printed propaganda materials (leaflets, posters, etc.) which were earlier displayed in places other than the buildings and premises of election commissions in compliance with the rules established by a federal law shall remain in place on voting day.

 

ARTICLE 54. Public Opinion Polls

 

1. When publishing the results of public opinion polls related to the election the mass media shall indicate the organization which conducted the poll, the time when it was conducted, the number of respondents (sample), the method for the collection of information, the precise formulation of the question, the statistical assessment of a possible error.

 

2. After the last day of registration of candidates, federal lists of candidates, the organizations which conduct election-related opinion polls with a view of publishing their results in the mass media and the organizations which publish their results and forecasts about the election outcome shall furnish copies of these publications to, respectively, a district election commission or the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to form an information bank from which data shall be available for examination or copying to persons indicated in Clause 1 Article 39 of this Federal Law and to foreign (international) observers on their request.

 

3. For three days prior to voting day and on voting day the mass media shall not publish any information about the results of public opinion polls, forecasts of election results, other studies related to the election.

 

ARTICLE 55. General Terms and Conditions for the Access of Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs to the Mass Media

 

1. Organizations engaged in TV and/or radio broadcasting (hereafter "TV and radio broadcasting organizations") and editorial offices of periodicals· shall provide equal conditions to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts and to electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates for election campaigning, presentation of their programs to voters if these TV and radio broadcasting organizations, periodicals or their editorial offices are founded (co-founded) by the state bodies, organizations, institutions and/or if, in the year preceding the day of official publication of a decision to call the election, these TV and radio broadcasting organizations, editorial offices of periodicals were financed by not less than 15 percent of their budget from the funds allocated by the federal bodies of state power, bodies of state power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation.

 

2. TV and radio broadcasting organizations which have a stable reception zone extending to a half or more than a half of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and editorial offices of periodicals distributed in the territory of a half or more than a half of the Subjects of the Russian Federation, if they come within Clause 1 of this Article, shall offer a possibility to conduct election campaigning to electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered lists of candidates. The list of such TV and radio broadcasting organizations and periodicals shall be published by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation on the recommendation of the appropriate federal bodies of executive power which formulate and implement the state policy vis-a-vis the mass media, not later than the tenth day after official publication of the decision to call the election.

 

3. TV and radio broadcasting organizations which have a stable reception zone extending to less than a half of the Subjects of the Russian Federation as well as the appropriate divisions of the TV and radio broadcasting organizations indicated in Clause 2 of this Article and editorial offices of periodicals distributed in the territory of less than a half of the Subjects of the Russian Federation, if they come within Clause 1 of this Article, shall offer equal possibilities to conduct election campaigning, respectively, to regional groups of candidates and to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts. The list of such TV and radio broadcasting organizations and periodicals shall be published by the election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation on the recommendation of the appropriate territorial agencies of the federal bodies of executive power which formulate and implement the state policy vis-a-vis the mass media and the bodies of executive power of the Subjects of the Russian Federation, not later than the tenth day after official publication of the decision to call election of deputies to the State Duma.

 

4. TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals which do not come within Clause 1 of this Article shall offer equal possibilities for election campaigning to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, if these TV and radio broadcasting organizations, periodicals or their editorial offices are founded (co-founded) by the bodies of local self-government or if, in the year preceding the day of official publication of a decision to call the election, these TV and radio broadcasting organizations, editorial offices of periodicals were financed by not less than 15 percent of their budget from the funds allocated by the bodies of local self-government. Election campaigning on the channels of these TV and radio broadcasting organizations and in the said periodicals shall start after the end of the registration of candidates, federal lists of candidates. These TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals may refuse to make public any propaganda materials if they completely abstain from participation in any form of propaganda activities.

 

5. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall be free to choose, through its authorized representatives, the forms of its participation in election campaigning on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations, in periodicals.

 

6. A registered candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in a single-mandate electoral district and concurrently included in the federal part of the federal list of candidates of the same electoral association, electoral bloc shall not use free air time and printing space on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations and in the periodicals coming within Clause 2 of this Article.

 

7. A registered candidate nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc in a single-mandate electoral district and concurrently included in the federal part of the federal list of candidates of the same electoral association, electoral bloc may use free air time and printing space on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations and in periodicals indicated in Clause 3 of this Article either as a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district or as a candidate included in the regional group of candidates.

 

8. TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals which do not come within Clauses 1 and 4 of this Article may, on a contractual basis, provide paid air time, printing space to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates, regional groups of candidates. The rates and terms of payment shall be the same for all registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs. Information about the rates shall be published by the appropriate TV and radio broadcasting organization, editorial office of the periodical not later than the twentieth day after official publication of the decision to call the election and shall be furnished to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation along with a notification about the readiness to offer air time, printing space to electoral associations, electoral blocs and to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation along with a notification about the readiness to offer air time, printing space to registered candidates, regional groups of candidates.

 

9. TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals (regardless of the form of ownership) which provided free or paid air time and printing space to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall keep separate records of the amount and cost of air time and printing space according to the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, and five days before voting day and within five days after voting day shall furnish the data of these records to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation with regard to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts, to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation with regard to electoral associations, electoral blocs, including candidates in the federal part of a registered federal list and regional groups, and, upon the request of, respectively, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, shall present to them documents confirming the consent of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc to the provision of paid services and to payment therefor.

 

10. Specialized TV and radio broadcasting organizations and specialized mass media (cultural-educational, children’s, technical, scientific, etc.) may refuse to make public any election propaganda materials provided that they fully abstain from highlighting the election campaign in any form.

 

ARTICLE 56. Terms and Conditions of Election Campaigning on TV and Radio

 

1. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be entitled to free air time on the channels of TV and/or radio broadcasting organizations which come within Clause 1 of Article 55 of this Federal Law and carry on television and radio broadcasting in the territory of the given electoral district, on equal terms and conditions (length of air time, timing and other terms and conditions).

 

2. Within a week upon the end of registration of candidates, lists of candidates arrangements shall be made for lot-drawing in accordance with Clause 10 of this Article to distribute free air time between registered candidates, regional groups of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which applied for participation in such lot-drawing.

 

3. Free air time on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 1 of Article 55 of this Federal Law shall be made available in the period which begins thirty days prior to voting day and ends a day before voting day, on working days.

 

4. For the purpose of conducting election campaigning free of charge, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be entitled to use air time on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations that come within Clause 3 of Article 55 of this Federal Law, candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts and regional groups of candidates of electoral associations, electoral blocs – on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law. A candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district shall not use free air time on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law.

 

5. The total amount of free air time to be made available for election campaigning by each TV and radio broadcasting organization coming within Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall be not less than one hour on working days in the period established in Clause 3 of this Article. The total amount of free air time to be made available for election campaigning by each TV and radio broadcasting organization coming within Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall be not less than 30 minutes on working days in the same period and, if the total broadcasting time of a TV and broadcasting organization is less than two hours a day, not less than one-fourth of the total broadcasting time. Free air time shall be provided in the broadcast periods viewed or listened to by the greatest number of persons.

 

6. The amount of free air time to be made available to a regional group of candidates in each Subject of the Russian Federation by a TV and radio broadcasting organization coming within Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal law shall be calculated by multiplying the amount of air time made available by a TV and radio broadcasting organization to a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district in the given Subject of the Russian Federation by the number of single-mandate electoral districts in this Subject of the Russian Federation but shall not exceed the amount thus calculated by more than three times. TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall provide equal amounts of air time to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts, regional groups of candidates with due account to the said ratio.

 

7. One-third of the total amount of free air time made available by TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall be given to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates, regional groups of candidates for joint debates, "roundtables" and other joint campaigning events of a similar kind. When air time is made available for joint campaigning events on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law this air time shall be calculated and allocated separately for registered candidates and regional groups of candidates with due account to the ratio indicated in Clause 6 of this Article. All registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, regional groups of candidates shall be allowed to use this part of free air time on equal conditions.

 

8. A refusal of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, regional group of candidates to participate in joint campaigning events indicated in Clause 7 of this Article shall not entitle them to receive a greater amount of free air time to which they are entitled in accordance with Clause 9 of this Article.

 

9. The remaining part (two-thirds) of free air time made available by TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall be divided in equal parts between registered candidates, between regional groups of candidates, between electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates.

 

10. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation together with the representatives of the appropriate TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall arrange for lot-drawing to determine concrete dates and time for airing election propaganda materials of electoral associations, electoral blocs. The election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation together with the representatives of the appropriate TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall arrange for lot-drawing to determine concrete dates and time for airing election propaganda materials of registered candidates, regional groups of candidates. Lot-drawing may be witnessed by persons listed in Clause 1 Article 29 of this Federal Law. The results of lot-drawing shall be recorded in a protocol. The schedule of air time distribution determined on the basis of lot-drawing results shall be published in periodicals indicated in Clauses 2 and 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law.

 

11. The expenses of TV and radio broadcasting organizations incidental to provision of free air time to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, regional groups of candidates shall be covered from current budgets of these TV and radio broadcasting organizations.

 

12. TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall reserve air time for election campaigning to be conducted by registered candidates, regional groups of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs on a paid basis. The rates and the terms of payment shall be the same for all registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and shall be published by TV and radio broadcasting organizations not later than 20 days from the day on which a decision to call the election was officially published. The total amount of paid air time to be reserved by each TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall not be less than the total amount of free air time made available in accordance with Clause 5 of this Article but shall not exceed this amount by more than two times.

 

13. Each registered candidate, regional group of candidates, electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled, for a charge, to a part of the total reserved air time, its length being given by the division of this total time by the total number of registered candidates and regional group of candidates respectively (with due regard to the provisions of Clause 6 of this Article) or electoral associations, electoral blocs who registered the federal lists of candidates.

 

14. TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall provide such air time indicated in Clause 12 of this Article in the period indicated in Clause 3 of this Article. The date and time when election propaganda materials are to be aired shall be determined by lot, with lot-drawing to be arranged by a TV and radio broadcasting organization with the participation of interested persons on the basis of written requests for participation in lot-drawing from registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs. Lot-drawing shall be conducted within time limits established by Clause 2 of this Article. Air time shall be provided on the basis of a contract to be concluded after lot-drawing.

 

15. If, after lot-drawing, a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, a regional group of candidates refuses to use air time, they shall inform about their decision the appropriate TV and radio broadcasting organization not later than two days before the airing time and the TV and radio broadcasting organization shall be free to use the released air time at its discretion for purposes other than election campaigning.

 

16. Election campaigning on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations which do not come within Clauses 1 and 4 of Article 55 of this Federal Law may be started directly after registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates in accordance with a contract concluded between a TV and radio broadcasting organization and a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc which has registered a federal list of candidates.

 

17. Payment for air time by registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and its provision on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations which do not come within Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall be carried out on equal terms and conditions. TV and radio broadcasting organizations which fail to comply with this requirement and the requirements of Clause 8 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall not provide air time to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs for election campaigning purposes

 

18. The contracts for the provision of paid air time shall indicate the following: the type (form) of election campaigning; the airing date and time; the length of air time to be provided; the rates and terms of payment; the form and conditions of participation of a journalist (moderator) in the TV and radio program. After the terms of the contract have been carried out a work performance protocol shall be drawn up along with a certificate of the used air time which shall confirm the performance of contractual obligations and indicate the broadcasting channel, the name of the program and its airing time.

 

19. Not later than two days before provision of air time a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit a payment order to a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation for remittance of the full amount of payment for the air time. If this requirement is not met, air time on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall not be provided. The branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall remit the money not later than the next business day after receipt of the payment order. The time for processing a non-cash payment shall not exceed two business days within a Subject of the Russian Federation and five days within the Russian Federation.

 

20. Payment for air time shall be made solely from the funds of the electoral fund of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

21. If, while using paid air time, a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc violate the terms and conditions established by this Federal Law, a TV and radio broadcasting organization may apply to a court for cancellation of the contract for the provision of air time. If the contract is cancelled, the TV and radio broadcasting organization shall not use the released air time for election campaigning purposes.

 

22. Transmission of election propaganda materials of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not be interrupted, in particular, by commercials advertising goods and services.

 

23. Transmission of propaganda materials of electoral associations, electoral blocs on the channels of TV and radio broadcasting organizations coming within Clause 2 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall not be interrupted for transmission of other TV and radio programs.

 

24. In TV and radio news programs reports concerning election events conducted by candidates, registered candidates electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be always presented in the form of separate items, as a rule in the beginning of such programs and without any comments. These news items shall not be paid for by candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs. They shall not give preference to any candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, particularly, with regard to the time devoted to highlighting their election campaigning.

 

25. TV and radio programs containing election campaigning shall be aired with simultaneous video and audio recording of the program, with the said recording to be kept by the given TV and radio broadcasting organization for 12 months from the day on which these programs were aired. TV and radio broadcasting organizations shall keep records concerning provision of free and paid air time indicated in Clause 9 Article 55 of this Federal Law for five years after voting day.

 

ARTICLE 57. Terms and Conditions of Election Campaigning Through the Printed Mass Media

 

1. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be entitled to free printing space in periodicals which come under the provisions of Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law and are published at least once a week, the said printing space to be provided to them on equal terms and conditions (size of the printing space, place on the page, type, and other terms and conditions).

 

2. Within a week after the end of registration of candidates, lists of candidates lot-drawing shall be arranged for distribution of free printing space among registered candidates, regional group of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs that applied for participation in this lot-drawing.

 

3. Editorial offices of periodical coming within Clause 1 Article 56 of this Federal Law shall provide free printing space within the period which starts 40 days before voting day and ends one day before voting day.

 

4. The total minimum weekly printing space which each editorial office of periodicals coming within Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law is to provide free of charge to registered candidates, regional groups of candidates or electoral associations, electoral blocs shall account for not less than 10 percent of the total printing space of the given periodical in the period established by Clause 3 of this Article. The total printing space which the given periodical provides free of charge for election campaigning within a period established by Clause 3 of this Article shall be announced by the editorial office of the periodical not later than 20 days after official publication of a decision to call the election.

 

5. The printing space to be provided in each Subject of the Russian Federation to a regional group of candidates by the editorial office of a periodical coming within Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall be calculated by multiplying the printing space provided by the given editorial office of a periodical to a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district in the given Subject of the Russian Federation by the number of single-mandate electoral districts in the given Subject of the Russian Federation but shall not exceed the space thus calculated by more than three times. The said editorial offices of periodicals shall provide an equal amount of printing space to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts and to regional groups of candidates with due account to the said ratio.

 

6. The total size of free printing space declared by the editorial office of a periodical shall be distributed in equal portions between registered candidates, regional groups of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs by dividing the total size of the allocated printing space by the total number of registered candidates, regional groups of candidates (with due regard to the provisions of Clause 5 of this Article), electoral associations, electoral blocs which are entitled to free publication of their propaganda materials in the given periodical.

 

7. The dates for free publication of election propaganda materials of registered candidates, regional groups of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be determined by lot, with lot-drawing to be organized by the editorial office of a periodical with the participation of interested persons within a week after the end of registration of candidates, lists of candidates. Lot-drawing may be witnessed by members of the appropriate election commission and persons listed in Clause 1 Article 29 of this Federal Law.

 

8. The expenses of the editorial offices of periodicals incidental to the provision of free printing space to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs for election campaigning shall be covered from current budget of the editorial offices of periodicals.

 

9. Editorial offices of periodicals coming within Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall reserve printing space for election propaganda materials to be published by registered candidates, regional groups of candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs on a paid basis. The rates of payment for printing space shall be the same for all registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and shall be announced by the editorial office of a periodical not later than 20 days after official publication of the decision to call the election. The total printing space to be reserved by the editorial office of a periodical for provision on a paid basis shall not be less than the total free printing space to be made available in accordance with Clause 5 of this Article but shall not exceed this space by more than two times.

 

10. Each registered candidate, regional groups of candidates, electoral association, electoral bloc shall be entitled, for a charge, to a part of the total reserved printing space given by the division of this total space by the total number of registered candidates, regional groups of candidates (with due regard to the provisions of Clause 5 of this Article) or electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates.

 

11. The printing space indicated in Clause 9 of this Article shall be made available by the editorial office of a periodical within the period indicated in Clause 3 of this Article. The date for the publication of propaganda materials of a registered candidate, regional groups of candidates, electoral association, electoral bloc shall be determined by lot by the editorial office of the periodical with the participation of interested persons on the basis of written applications for participation in lot-drawing submitted by registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs. Law-drawing shall be conducted within the time limits indicated in Clause 2 of this Article. The lot-drawing procedure may be witnessed by members of the appropriate election commission and persons listed in Clause 1 Article 29 of this Federal Law. The results of lot drawing shall be formalized in a protocol.

 

12. If a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, a regional group of candidates refuses to use printing space after lot-drawing, they shall inform about their decision the editorial office of the periodical not later than five days before publication and the editorial office shall be free to use the released printing space at its discretion for purposes other than election campaigning.

 

13. The editorial offices of periodicals which do not come within Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law may publish election propaganda materials immediately after registration of a candidate, federal lists of candidates in accordance with a contract to be concluded between the editorial office of a periodical and a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc which has a registered federal list of candidates.

 

14. The printing space provided by the editorial offices of periodicals which do not come within Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be paid for by them on equal terms and conditions. The editorial offices of periodicals failing to observe this requirements and the requirements of Clause 8 Article 55 of this Federal law shall not provide printing space to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs for election campaigning.

 

15. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall pay for printing space in accordance with contracts to be concluded by them with the editorial offices of periodicals after lot-drawing. A payment order issued to a branch of the Savings Bank instructing the Bank to remit the full amount of payment for the printing space shall be submitted by a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc not later than two days prior to the day of publication. If this condition is not observed, printing space shall not be provided. The branch of the Savings Bank shall process the remittance not later than the next banking day upon receipt of the payment order. The time for processing of non-cash remittances shall be two banking days within a Subject of the Russian Federation or five banking days within the Russian Federation.

 

16. Payment for the printing space shall be made exclusively from an electoral fund of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

17. Election propaganda materials published in accordance with this Article shall not be accompanied by any forms of editorial comment and by headlines and illustrations that are not agreed upon with registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

18. The editorial offices of periodicals founded by bodies of legislative (representative), executive and judicial power or by bodies of local self-government exclusively for the publication of their official documents and reports, normative and other acts shall not publish election propaganda materials or editorial comments highlighting the election campaign.

 

19. The requirement that printing space be made available on equal terms and conditions shall not apply to editorial offices of periodicals if the editorial office and/or the periodical is founded by a registered candidate (candidates), an electoral association, electoral bloc and an electoral association (associations) comprised in an electoral bloc and does not come within Clause 1 Article 55 of this Federal Law.

 

20. All materials published by periodicals with their publication paid for from the electoral fund of a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall indicate the candidate, registered candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc from whose electoral fund the given publication has been paid for. If the materials have been published free of charge in accordance with Clause 1 of this Article, the publication shall indicate that the materials are published free of charge and name the registered candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc that has been given the possibility to publish these materials.

 

ARTICLE 58. Election Campaigning by Means of Mass Events

 

1. State bodies and bodies of local self-government shall render assistance to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates, groups of voters for organizing conferences, meetings with voters, public debates and discussions, rallies, demonstrations and marches.

 

2. Applications for the provision of premises to hold meetings of registered candidates, their agents, agents and authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs with voters shall be considered by state bodies and bodies of local self-government within three days from the day of the submission thereof. Notifications of organizers of rallies, demonstrations and marches shall be considered by bodies of local self-government in accordance with Russian Federation law.

 

3. On the basis of requests from election commissions, premises which are suitable for holding election-related mass events and are state- or municipality-owned shall be made available by the owner (proprietor), free of charge and for a time to be established by the election commission, to registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs and their agents for meetings with voters. If such premises were made available for mass events to one of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, the owner (proprietor) of the premises shall not refuse to provide the premises to another registered candidate, another electoral association, electoral bloc on the same terms and conditions. Election commissions shall ensure equal possibilities to hold election-related mass events for registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

4. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be entitled to rent, on a contractual basis, buildings and premises belonging to citizens and organizations, regardless of the form of ownership of the said buildings and premises to hold conferences, meetings with voters, rallies, public debates and other election-related mass events.

 

5. Buildings and structures included into the State Register of Valuable Memorials of the Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation shall not be made available for campaigning purposes.

 

6. No election campaigning shall be allowed in the territory of military units, in military organizations and institutions. Meetings of registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, their agents with voters - servicemen shall be organized outside the territory of the military unit by the commanding officer of the military unit together with a district election commission, with a mandatory requirement that all candidates registered in the given single-mandate electoral district, all electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates (their authorized representatives) be invited to the meeting not later than three days before the day of each meeting.

 

7. Security at election-related mass events shall be ensured by the state bodies in accordance with legislation of the Russian Federation .

 

ARTICLE 59. Publication and Distribution of Printed, Audiovisual and Other Propaganda Materials

 

1. Registered candidates, electoral associations (electoral) blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be free to issue printed, audiovisual and other propaganda materials in the procedure established by legislation of the Russian Federation.

 

2. Advertising agencies which are founded (co-founded) by state or municipal bodies, organizations, institutions or which were financed by not less than 15 percent of their budget in the year preceding the year of official publication of the decision to call the election from the funds allocated by federal bodies of state power, bodies of state power of Subjects of the Russian Federation, bodies of local self-government shall publish propaganda materials of candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts as well as electoral associations, electoral blocs on equal terms and conditions.

 

3. All printed, audiovisual and other propaganda materials (less the materials to be distributed pursuant to Articles 56 and 57 of this Federal Law) shall contain the names and legal addresses of the organizations (the first, middle and last names and the places of residence of the persons) that prepared printed materials, the name of the organization (the first, middle and last name of the person) that placed an order for printing the given materials and information about the number of copies printed and the date of publication.

 

4. Prior to their distribution printed, audio-visual and other election propaganda materials or their copies shall be submitted to the appropriate district election commission or territorial election commission by a registered candidate or to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation or the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation by an electoral association, electoral bloc. Along with the aforementioned materials the appropriate election commission shall be furnished with the information concerning the location (place of residence) of organizations (persons) that have produced and ordered these materials. Printed election propaganda materials shall not be produced and distributed without a written consent of appropriate registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

5. Distribution of election propaganda materials in violation of the requirements set forth in Clauses 3 and 4 of this Article shall not be allowed.

 

6. Not later than 30 days prior to voting day, on the recommendation of a district commission the bodies of local self-government shall designate and equip special places for displaying printed election propaganda materials in the territory of each electoral precinct. Such places shall be convenient for voters to visit and be arranged so that voters could read information displayed thereon. Candidates registered in the given electoral district, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be given equal areas for displaying their printed election propaganda materials. Candidates registered in a single-mandate electoral district as well as authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates may apply to the appropriate district election commission for a list of places designated for the display of printed election propaganda materials.

 

7. In cases which are not provided by Clause 6 of this Article printed election propaganda materials may be also displayed (posted) indoors, on buildings, structures or other objects only with the consent of the proprietor or owner of the said objects.

 

8. Printed propaganda materials shall not be hung (posted, displayed) on monuments, obelisks, buildings, structures and premises of historic, cultural or architectural value, inside the premises of election commissions and voting premises or at the entrance thereto.

 

9. The election commission which was informed about distribution of false printed, audiovisual and other election propaganda materials or about distribution of election propaganda materials in violation of provisions of Clauses 3, 4, 7 and 8 of this Article shall take appropriate measures to stop these activities and shall be entitled to request appropriate law enforcement and other bodies to put an end to unlawful election campaigning and seize unlawful printed election propaganda materials.

 

ARTICLE 60. Inadmissibility of Misuse of the Right to Election Campaigning

 

1. Misuse of the freedom of mass information in the conduct of election campaigning shall not be allowed. Election programs of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, election propaganda materials and speeches at meetings and rallies, articles in the mass media shall not contain calls for seizure of power, violent change of the constitutional system and breaking of the integrity of the Russian Federation, propaganda of war. Propaganda exciting social, racial, national, religious hatred or enmity, misuse of the freedom of mass information in other forms banned by legislation of the Russian Federation shall be prohibited. Propaganda in violation of legislation of the Russian Federation on intellectual property shall be prohibited.

 

2. Candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and their authorized representatives, agents and other persons and organizations directly or indirectly involved in election campaigning shall not bribe voters: they shall not give voters money, gifts and other tangible assets otherwise than for the performance of organizational work (attendance at voting premises, collection of voter signatures and other propaganda-related activities), remunerate voters who carried out the said organizational work depending on the results of the voting or promise such remuneration; sell goods at reduced prices; distribute free of charge any goods other than printed materials (including illustrated materials) and badges specially prepared for the election campaign; render services free of charge or at reduced prices. While conducting election campaigning registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and their authorized representatives or other persons and organizations shall not influence voters by giving them money, securities, other tangible assets (inter alia depending on the voting results) and by rendering services other than on the basis of decisions of bodies of state power and local self-government made in accordance with federal laws.

 

3. In the course of the election campaign the business and other activities of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, agents and authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, agents of registered candidates and the organizations whose founders, owners, possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the said persons shall be advertised only for the account of the appropriate electoral fund on the grounds provided in Clause 17 Article 56, Clauses 14 and 20 Article 57 of this Federal Law. Such advertising shall not be allowed on voting day and the day preceding voting day.

 

4. When highlighting the election campaign TV and radio programs on the channels of the TV and radio broadcasting organizations indicated in Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law and editorial offices of the periodicals indicated in Clauses 1 and 4 of this Federal Law shall not make public (publish) information that may damage the honor, dignity or business reputation of a registered candidate (registered candidates) if these TV and radio programs and editorial offices of the periodicals cannot give a registered candidate (registered candidates) a possibility to make public (publish) a denial or some other explanation in defense of his/her (their) honor, dignity or business reputation before the end of the election campaigning period. A failure to provide a possibility for a registered candidate (registered candidates) to make public (publish), before the end of the election campaigning period, a denial or other explanations in defense of his/her (their) honor, dignity or business reputation in TV and radio programs on the channels of the TV and radio broadcasting organizations indicated in Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law and in the periodicals indicated in Clauses 1 and 4 Article 55 of this Federal Law which made public (published) the information that may damage the honor, dignity or business reputation of a registered candidate (registered candidates) may serve as a ground for bringing to responsibility these TV and radio broadcasting organizations, editorial offices of the periodicals and their officials undery Russian Federation laws.

 

5. If a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates breaches Clause 1 of this Article, the election commission shall and other bodies, organizations and citizens specified in Clause 1 of Article 90 of this Federal Law may apply to a court for withdrawal of the registration of the candidate, federal list of candidates. If a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates breaches other election campaigning rules laid down by this Federal Law, an election commission may by its decision issue a warning to the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc, or request appropriate law-enforcement and other bodies to put an end to unlawful propaganda activities and in this case the election commission shall be entitled to annul the decision on registration of the candidate, federal list of candidates. The appropriate decision of the election commission shall be submitted to the mass media.

 

6. Law enforcement and other bodies shall take measures to stop illegal propaganda activities, prevent production of and seize counterfeit and unlawful printed, audio-visual and other propaganda materials, identify the producers of such materials and the source from which they are paid for and promptly inform the appropriate election commission about the facts established and measures taken.

 

7. If a TV and radio broadcasting organization, an editorial office of a periodical violates the election campaigning rules laid down by this Federal Law the appropriate election commission may apply to law enforcement bodies, courts, executive bodies of state power which implement the state policy vis-a-vis the mass media and request them to stop the illegal propaganda activities and bring the TV and radio broadcasting organizations, editorial office, their officials to responsibility as provided by Russian Federation laws.

 

CHAPTER IX. FUNDING OF THE ELECTION

 

ARTICLE 61. Funding of the Preparation and Conduct of the Election

 

1. The expenses related to preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma and the activities of election commissions during the term of their powers shall be financed from the federal budget. These expenditures shall be included in the federal budget in accordance with the budget classification of the Russian Federation.

 

2. The funds allocated from the federal budget for the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be placed at the disposal of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation within 10 days of the date on which the decision to call the election was officially published.

 

3. In the event of an early election of deputies to the State Duma the amount of funds allocated from the federal budget for their preparation and conduct shall not be less than the sum contained in the report of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation on the expenditure of funds in the preparation and conduct of the previous election of deputies of the State Duma (with due account for changes in the minimum wage established by federal law as of the day on which the decision to call (hold) the previous election of deputies of the State Duma was officially published).

 

4. If insufficient funds have been allocated from the federal budget for holding elections to the State Duma, including an early election and if the funds allocated from the federal budget have not been transferred in due time or in full, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to obtain credits from banks on a competitive basis. In this case, the total allowable amount of funds for the preparation and conduct of the election shall not exceed the sum contained in the report of the Central Election Commission on the expenditure of funds in the preparation and conduct of the similar previous election of deputies of the State Duma (with due account for the change in the minimum wage established by federal law as of the day on which the decision to call the previous election of deputies of the State Duma was officially published). Within ten days upon receipt of an appropriate request from the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the Government of the Russian Federation shall issue state guarantees for the obligation to repay the credits, including interest thereon. The received credits and interest thereon shall be repaid from the federal budget. Allocations for meeting this debt obligation shall be approved by a federal budget law for the coming fiscal year.

 

5. Not later than 90 days prior to voting day, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall remit the funds for the conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma to the commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation, which shall remit the received funds to district and territorial election commissions not later than 60 and 40 days, respectively, prior to voting day and shall monitor timely transfer of funds to the territorial election commissions. In the event of by-elections or early elections of deputies of the State Duma and if the election is not funded in due time or in full, the election commissions shall distribute and remit funds as they come in.

 

6. Chairmen of election commissions shall manage the funds allocated for the preparation and conduct of the election of deputies to the State Duma and shall be responsible for the compliance of financial documents with the decisions taken by election commissions on financial matters and also shall ensure that the financial reports regarding the spending of the said funds are submitted as and when established by this Federal Law.

 

7. After the end of the election of deputies of the State Duma unspent amounts of the funds received from the federal budget shall remain on the accounts of permanent election commissions, with the exception of permanent territorial election commissions, and shall be used as prescribed by this Federal Law.

 

8. The unspent amount of credits shall be returned by the Central Election Commission to the bank from which they were obtained not later than three months from the date on which the general election results were officially published.

 

ARTICLE 62. Electoral Funds of Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. A candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district, an electoral association, electoral bloc which has nominated a federal list of candidates shall establish their own electoral funds. A candidate running for election only on a federal list of candidates, an electoral association, electoral bloc which has nominated candidates only in single-mandate electoral districts shall not establish their own electoral funds.

 

2. Electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts may be formed only from the following sources:

 

(a) the own money of a candidate, registered candidate, which shall not exceed one thousand times the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published;

 

(b) amounts allocated to a candidate, a registered candidate by the electoral association which nominated him/her (from sources other than the electoral fund of the electoral association), electoral associations of the electoral bloc that nominated him/her (from sources other than the electoral fund of the electoral bloc), which shall not exceed 5 thousand times the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published;

 

(c) money allocated by a district election commission to a registered candidate not later than 40 days before voting day, the amount of money being the same as that allocated to other candidates registered in the given single-mandate electoral district, save as provided otherwise in this Federal Law;

 

(d) voluntary donations of individuals and legal entities in the amount not exceeding 100 times (for each citizen) and two thousand times (for each legal entity) the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call the election was officially published.

 

3. The maximum amount of all expenditures from an electoral fund of a candidate (registered candidate) from his/her electoral fund shall not exceed 10 thousand times the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published.

 

4. Electoral funds of electoral associations, electoral blocs may be formed only from the following sources:

 

(a) the own monetary resources of an electoral association, electoral bloc, which shall not exceed 100 thousand times the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call the election was officially published. The monetary resources of an electoral bloc shall be formed by the sums transferred to the electoral bloc by the electoral associations which established the bloc;

 

(b) the funds allocated by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to electoral associations, electoral blocs not later than 40 days before voting day save as provided otherwise in this Federal Law.

 

(c) voluntary donations of individuals and legal entities. The amount of voluntary donations shall not exceed more than 150 times (for each citizen) and 20 thousand times (for each legal entity) the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published.

 

5. The maximum amount of all expenditures from an electoral fund of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not exceed 250 thousand times the minimum wage established by federal law as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published.

 

6. No donations to electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be allowed from:

 

(a)  foreign states, and foreign legal entities;

 

(b) foreign citizens;

 

(c) stateless persons;

 

(d) citizens of the Russian Federation under 18 years of age;

 

(e) Russian legal entities with foreign participation if the share of foreign capital exceeds 30 per cent of their charter (authorized) capital as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election to the State Duma was officially published;

 

(f) international organizations and international public movements;

 

(g) bodies of state power and local self-government;

 

(h)  state-owned and municipal enterprises, institutions and organizations;

 

(i)  legal entities with a state or municipal share in their charter (authorized) capital exceeding 30 per cent as of the date on which the decision to call (hold) the election was officially published;

 

(j)  military units, institutions and organizations and law enforcement bodies;

 

(k)  charity organizations and religious associations as well as organizations established by them;

 

(l)  anonymous donors (for an individual person - without indication of any of the following data: the first, middle and last name; the place of residence and date of birth; for a legal entity - without indication of any of the following data: the tax payer’s identification number; the name, date of registration, bank account; the note concerning the absence of a state or municipal share in the charter (authorized) capital or the presence of such a share and its size; the note about the absence of presence of foreign investment in the charter (authorized) capital (indicating its share);

 

(m) legal entities registered less than a year before voting day.

 

7. The electoral funds shall be managed by candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs that have formed the fund. The resources of electoral funds shall be purpose-oriented. They may be used only for:

 

(a) funding of organizational-technical arrangements for the collection of signatures in support of nomination of a candidate (federal list of candidates) including remuneration of persons who were engaged for collection of voter signatures;

 

(b) election campaigning and payment for information and consulting services;

 

(c)  payment for other services rendered by legal entities or citizens of the Russian Federation and other expenses directly related to the conduct of the election campaign;

 

(d) payment of the electoral deposit.

 

8. A candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not use any sums of money to make payments for collection of voter signatures, conduct of the election campaign, holding of other election events other than those which have been deposited in the accounts of their electoral funds. A candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may use only the sums which were remitted by senders to the special electoral accounts of their electoral funds prior to voting day in accordance with a procedure established by this Federal Law. These provisions shall not apply to the activity of political public associations paid for from their accounts, if this activity is not related to their election campaigns and is not election propaganda save as provided otherwise in Clause 4 Article 41 and Clause 8 Article 48 of this Federal Law.

 

ARTICLE 63. Special Electoral Accounts

 

1. A candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district shall open a special electoral account of his/her electoral fund in the given electoral district after the appropriate district election commission has been notified about nomination of this candidate or after a copy of the list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts has been submitted to this district election commission upon certification by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, but not later than five days prior to the day on which documents for the registration of the given candidate are submitted to the district election commission

 

2. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall open a special electoral account for the formation of its electoral fund after it receives a copy of the federal list of candidates certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation but not later than five days prior to the day on which documents for registration of the federal list are submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

3. Special electoral accounts for formation of electoral funds shall be opened with branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation. A candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may open only one special electoral account in the given electoral district. Upon presentation of documents required by and executed in accordance with this Federal Law a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall, without any delay, open a special electoral account for a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc. The bank shall not charge any fee for opening and servicing a special electoral account and shall not pay any interest on the funds kept thereon. All funds deposited in special electoral accounts shall be in the currency of the Russian Federation.

 

4. A candidate running for election in a single-mandate electoral district shall open a special electoral account in this district on the basis of a document issued by a district election commission or, if a district election commission has not been formed, by the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, within three days after the appropriate election commission receives a notice of the nomination of the candidate or a copy of a list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, other documents to be submitted in pursuance of Articles 37 and 38 of this Federal Law. A candidate, registered candidate may, in an established procedure, ask other persons to open a special electoral account for his/her electoral fund. A candidate, registered candidate may authorize other persons to manage funds on this account by giving a written notice to this effect to the appropriate election commission. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall open a special electoral account on the basis of a document to be issued by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation after it certifies a copy of a federal list of candidates, simultaneously with registration of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc for financial matters. The responsibility for the violation of election campaign funding rules established by this Federal Law for a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be borne personally by the candidate, registered candidate, by the electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

5. If, after opening a special electoral account, a candidate, registered candidate changes the electoral district by a decision of an electoral association, electoral bloc in a procedure established in Clause 10 Article 38 of this Federal Law, this candidate, registered candidate shall return the money remaining on this account to legal entities and natural persons that made donations (transfers) to the electoral fund, in proportion to the amounts paid by them, minus the postage, and the money paid as an electoral deposit (if the deposit was paid) in a procedure established in Article 64 of this Federal Law. After that the candidate, registered candidate shall submit the final financial report to the district election commission of the given electoral district and a copy of the financial report to the district election commission of the new electoral district. A special electoral account shall be opened in the new electoral district in a procedure established by this Federal law.

 

6. Candidates upon their registration and electoral associations, electoral blocs upon registration of their federal lists of candidates shall continue to maintain their own special electoral accounts to finance their election campaign, including election campaigning. A registered candidate may have only one special electoral account.

 

7. All financial operations for the payment of expenses from special electoral accounts of electoral funds of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs with registered federal lists of candidates shall be discontinued on voting day. Financial operations for the payment of expenses from special electoral accounts of electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs that have not submitted registration documents to the appropriate election commission in a procedure established by this Federal Law or have been denied registration or have withdrawn the statement expressing the consent to run or have withdrawn their candidatures or have been recalled by an electoral association, electoral bloc or have recalled a federal list of candidates or whose registration has been annulled shall be discontinued by the branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation on the instruction of the appropriate election commission.

 

8. Based on an application of a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc a district election commission, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, respectively, may extend the period for the performance of the following financial operations:

 

(a) for a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that have not registered its federal list - payment for work (services, goods) performed (rendered, acquired) prior to the date on which the registration was denied, the candidate was recalled by the electoral association, electoral bloc, the candidate withdrew his/her statement with a consent to run, the electoral association, electoral bloc recalled the federal list of candidates, before the deadline established by this Federal Law for submission of signature lists and other documents for registration, respectively;

 

(b)  for a registered candidate who has withdrawn his/her candidature, has been recalled by an electoral association, electoral bloc, for an electoral association, electoral bloc which has recalled its federal list of candidates, for a registered candidate whose registration has been annulled, for an electoral association, electoral bloc the registration of whose federal list has been annulled - payment for work (services, goods) performed (rendered, acquired) before the date of the decision to annul registration, withdrawal of the candidature, recalling of the registered candidate, federal list of candidates, respectively;

 

(c) for other registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs - payment for work (services, goods) performed (rendered, acquired) before voting day.

 

ARTICLE 64. Electoral Deposit

 

1. Within ten days after official publication of a decision to call (hold) the election the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall request branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation to open a special account to accept electoral deposits from candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs. Within five days of the date of the request of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall open a special account of the appropriate election commission to accept electoral deposits. The bank shall charge no fee for opening and servicing the account and shall pay no interest on the funds kept thereon. Branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall remit funds paid as electoral deposits not later than the next day after the deposit was paid. The total period for processing a non-cash payment shall not exceed two business days.

 

2. The appropriate election commission, or, if it has not been formed, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall advise a candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district of the number of the special account of the election commission of the given Subject of the Russian Federation opened at a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation for payment of an electoral deposit when it receives the candidate’s statement expressing the consent to run or, if the account has not yet been opened, immediately after its opening. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall advise an electoral association, electoral bloc of the number of the commission’s special account at a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation for payment of electoral deposits when the it certifies a federal list of candidates of the electoral association, electoral bloc or, if the account has not yet been opened, immediately after its opening.

 

3. Within three days upon formation of a district election commission, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall advise the district election commission of the number of the special account for payment of electoral deposits and shall keep it informed about payment by candidates of electoral deposits into the special account of the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation for the payment of electoral deposits as such deposits are paid by candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts.

 

4. An electoral deposit for a candidate shall be equal to one thousand times the minimum wage established by a federal law as of the day of official publication of a decision to call (hold) the election of deputies to the State Duma. An electoral deposit for an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be equal to 25 thousand times the minimum wage established by the federal law as of the day of official publication of a decision to call (hold) the election of deputies to the State Duma.

 

5. A candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall pay the full amount of the electoral deposit in a lump sum out of their electoral funds into the special account of the appropriate election commission for the payment of electoral deposits not earlier than 85 and not later than 55 days before voting day. A candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may pay the electoral deposit using money that was contributed to their electoral funds with and without a proviso that the money was to be used for payment of an electoral deposit. When paying an electoral deposit a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall indicate the purpose of the payment and the following information: a candidate shall indicate his/her first, middle and last name, the number of the electoral district, an electoral association, electoral bloc, their name. When remitting money out of the electoral fund to the special account of the appropriate election commission a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall inform in writing the election commission which registers the candidates, federal list of candidates about the source (sources) from which this money was contributed to the special electoral account of the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc indicating the first, middle and last name, place of residence, the date of birth of an individual donor, the name and the number of the bank account of a corporate donor.

 

6. Individual persons and/or legal entities contributing money to the electoral fund of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may indicate that this money or a part thereof is intended for payment of an electoral deposit. In this case, the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall not use this money for purposes other than payment of an electoral deposit. If this money or a part thereof has not been used for payment of an electoral deposit, the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall return it (minus postage) to individual persons and legal entities which donated (remitted) this money, not later than 10 days after expiration of the period for the registration of candidates, federal lists of candidates.

 

7. If a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has paid an electoral deposit into the special account of the appropriate election commission in a larger amount than established by Clause 4 of this Article, the excess amount shall be returned to his/her (its) electoral fund by the appropriate election commission within ten days after the day on which the electoral deposit was paid into the special account. If a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has paid an electoral deposit into the special account of the appropriate election commission in a smaller amount than established by Clause 4 of this Article or if an electoral deposit has been paid after expiration of the time for submission of documents for registration of candidates, federal lists of candidates, the remitted money shall be returned to the appropriate electoral fund by the election commission within 20 days after the day on which it was paid into the special account. If a candidate withdraws his/her statement of consent to run, a registered candidates withdraws his/her candidature, an electoral association, electoral bloc recalls a candidate, registered candidate, federal list of candidates (save the cases provided by Clause 15 Article 51 of this Federal Law), an electoral district where a candidate is nominated is changed in accordance with Clause 10 Article 38 of this Federal law, registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates is denied (provided the denial is not due to the reasons set forth in Clause 2 Article 91 of this Federal Law), the paid electoral deposit shall be returned by the election commission to the appropriate electoral fund within ten days after the day on which the electoral association, electoral bloc, candidate, registered candidate submits an appropriate statement (notification) to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the district election commission, after the day on which registration was denied.

 

8. If a candidate, federal list of candidates has been registered on the basis of submitted voter signatures an electoral deposit paid into the special account of the election commission by this candidate, registered candidate, electoral association, electoral bloc shall be returned to the corresponding electoral fund within ten days after the date of the registration of the candidate, federal list of candidates.

 

9. If, according to voting returns, a registered candidate has received not less than five percent of the total number of votes cast by voters who took part in the voting in a single-mandate electoral district or has been elected and if, according to voting returns, a federal list of candidates nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc has received not less than three percent of the total number of votes cast by voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district or the federal list of candidates has gained the right to participate in the distribution of deputy mandates, the electoral deposit paid by the candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc shall be returned by the appropriate election commission to the electoral fund of the registered candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc within five days after the day of official publication of the voting returns.

 

10. An electoral deposit that is not to be returned in accordance with Clauses 7 - 9 of this Article shall be remitted by the appropriate election commission to the federal budget within 60 days after voting day.

 

11. Within ten working days after an electoral deposit has been returned to their special electoral accounts by the appropriate election commission, a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall return the money (minus postage) to individual persons and legal entities that made contributions to the electoral fund with a proviso that the contributed money was to be used for the payment of an electoral deposit. The remaining part of the electoral deposit, if any. returned by the election commission shall be included in the balance of the unspent money of the electoral fund of the candidate, registered candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc.

 

12. The money paid as an electoral deposit shall be remitted to the federal budget by branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation on the basis of a decision of the appropriate election commission. An election commission shall not use money paid as an electoral deposit in a manner other than that established by this Article.

 

ARTICLE 65. Voluntary Donations to Electoral Fund of a Candidate, Registered Candidate, an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

 

1. Voluntary donations to electoral funds of candidates. registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be remitted personally by citizens of the Russian Federation and accepted by post offices or credit institutions only upon production of a passport or an equivalent identity paper showing the donor’s first, middle and last name, date of birth and full address of the place of residence.

 

2. Voluntary donations to electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be made by means of non-cash transfers to a special electoral account, with the legal entity making a special note indicating the presence and size (in percent) or absence of a foreign, state or municipal share in its charter (authorized) capital, its full name, date of registration, taxpayer identification number, bank data.

 

3. Voluntary donations of individual persons and legal entities shall be remitted (credited) to a special electoral account by post offices and credit institutions not later than the next business day after receipt of the payment order. A non-cash payment shall be processed in not more than two business days within a Subject of the Russian Federation and five days within the Russian Federation.

 

4. A candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc may return any donation, with the exception of anonymous ones, to donors. If voluntary donations to electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates or to electoral funds of electoral associations, electoral blocs came from individual persons or legal entities that have no right to make such donations or in an amount exceeding that established by Article 62 of this Federal Law, the candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall, within ten days after the donations were deposited into the special electoral account, return them to the donors fully or in an amount exceeding the maximum limit of donations, minus postage, indicating the reasons for the return. A candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not be held responsible for acceptance of donations whose donor falsified the data required under Clauses 1 and 2 of this Article, if they were not informed of the inadmissibility of these donations in due time.

 

5. Within ten days after anonymous donations have been deposited into the special electoral account a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall remit these donations to the federal budget.

 

6. Individual persons and legal entities may financially support the activities conducive to nomination and election of a candidate, registered candidate, federal list of candidates only through appropriate electoral funds. No paid work shall be performed, goods sold, paid services rendered, if they are directly or indirectly related to the election, without documents confirming the consent of a candidate, registered candidate or persons authorized by him/her, authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc for financial matters to the performance of the work, sale of the goods, provision of services and to payment therefor from the corresponding electoral fund. Legal entities, their branches, representative offices and other divisions shall not perform any work, render any services directly or indirectly related to the election free of charge or at unreasonably low (high) rates. Material support may be rendered to the election activity of a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc only if it is paid for from the electoral funds of the corresponding candidate, registered candidate, electoral association, electoral bloc. In the course of an election campaign an individual person may perform work for and render services to a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc voluntarily, personally and free of charge, without involvement of third persons.

 

ARTICLE 66. Reporting With Regard to Money on Electoral Funds

 

1. The procedure for opening and maintaining special electoral accounts, keeping records and presenting reports as well as the forms of reports of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs with regard to the money contributed to and spent from their electoral funds shall be determined by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and agreed upon with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. A candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall keep records of the money contributed to and spent from their electoral funds.

 

2. Candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall file financial reports with appropriate election commissions within the following periods:

 

(a) the first financial report – when the documents required for registration are submitted to the appropriate election commission as prescribed by this Federal Law; the report shall be drawn up as of the date seven days before the date of the report;

 

(b) the second financial report - not earlier than 20 days and not later than 10 days before voting day; the report shall be drawn up as of the date five days before submission of the report;

 

(c) the final financial report – not later than 30 days after the official publication of election results. The final financial report shall be submitted together with the primary financial documents confirming contribution of money to and expenditure of sums from an electoral fund as well as the materials indicated in Clause 3 Article 59 of this Federal Law.

 

3. If a candidate, registered candidate has lost his/her status, the obligation to submit the financial report shall be submitted by a person who was a candidate, registered candidate. The financial report of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be submitted by an authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc for financial matters and, in the absence of such a representative, by some other person authorized to represent the political public association which participated in the election campaign as an electoral association or within an electoral bloc.

 

4. The copies of financial reports of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be handed over to the mass media by the appropriate election commission within five days upon the receipt thereof.

 

5. At least once a week and at least once during three business days within the period of less than ten days prior to voting day, the branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall furnish district election commissions, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation with the information concerning the receipt and expenditure of money on special electoral accounts of, respectively, candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs according to the form to be determined by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Periodically, but at least once every two weeks before voting day, the appropriate district election commission, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall furnish information about sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds to the mass media for publication. The appropriate election commission shall disclose the information supplied by the branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation about sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds to registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which have registered federal lists of candidates and to the mass media on their official requests.

 

6. The periodicals indicated in Clauses 2 and 3 of this Federal Law shall publish information furnished by the appropriate election commissions about sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds. The following information shall be subject to mandatory publication:

 

(a)  financial operations which involve expenditure of money from the electoral fund in an amount exceeding the minimum wage established by law as of the date of official publication of a decision to call (hold) election of deputies of the State Duma by more than 2 thousand times for an electoral association, electoral bloc and 500 times for a candidate, registered candidate;

 

(b)  legal entities which donated sums to the electoral fund exceeding the minimum wage established by law as of the date of official publication of a decision to call (hold) election of deputies of the State Duma by more than one thousand times for an electoral association, electoral bloc and 250 times for a candidate, registered candidate;

 

c) the number of people who have donated sums to the electoral fund exceeding 50 minimum wages established by law as of the date of official publication of a decision to call (hold) the election of deputies of the State Duma;

 

d) sums returned to donors and reasons therefor;

 

e) the total amount of money remitted to the electoral fund and the total amount of money spent therefrom.

 

7. Within five days upon receipt from the appropriate election commissions of a list of legal entities which have made voluntary donations to the electoral funds of candidates. registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs the bodies of state power of the Russian Federation, the bodies of state power of Subjects of the Russian Federation, the bodies and organizations authorized by them, which are in charge of registration of legal entities shall furnish to these commissions, free of charge, the information indicating the founders of the organizations; the foreign, state or municipal share (in percent) or the absence of such a share in the charter (authorized) capital of these legal entities; the full name and date of registration of the legal entities. This information shall be submitted according to forms established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. In this case, use may be made of the state automated information system. Upon the request of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs the appropriate election commission shall promptly present to them the information which it has at its disposal as of the date of the request. If an election commission receives information about donations made in violation of Clause 6 Article 62 of this Federal Law, this information shall be promptly made known to the appropriate candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

ARTICLE 67. Return of Money by Candidates, Registered Candidates, Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

 

1. Prior to submission of the final financial report but not before an election commission returns the electoral deposit (if such a deposit was paid) a candidate who has not been registered by the appropriate election commission, an electoral association, electoral bloc which has not registered its federal list of candidates shall return the unspent sums remaining in their electoral funds to the organizations and individual persons that have donated money to their electoral funds, in proportion to the contributed amounts, minus postage. The money shall be returned in accordance with a procedure established by Article 64 of this Federal Law.

 

2. A registered candidate who, according to voting returns, has received not less than three percent of the total number of votes cast by voters who took part in the voting in a single-mandate electoral district or who has been declared elected, as well as a registered candidate who has withdrawn his/her candidature before voting day because of compelling reasons, an electoral association, electoral bloc with a registered federal list of candidates which has received not less than 2 percent of the total number of votes cast by voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district or which has taken part in the distribution of deputy mandates as well as an electoral association, electoral bloc which has recalled a federal list of candidates because of compelling reasons shall, within 30 days after voting day, return unspent money remaining in their electoral funds to the appropriate election commission, in proportion to the amounts remitted to the electoral funds by the election commission. Upon the elapse of the aforementioned period the money due to the election commission shall be remitted to its account by a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation on a mandatory written instruction of the election commission.

 

3. After returning the money to the appropriate election commissions but before submitting the final financial report a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc coming within Clause 2 of this Article shall, with the concurrence of the appropriate election commission, remit unspent sums remaining in their electoral funds, minus postage, to the organizations and individual persons that have made donations to their electoral funds, in proportion to the donated amounts.

 

4. Within 30 days after voting day, a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that do not come within Clause 2 of this Article shall return the full amount of money that was remitted by the appropriate election commission for the formation of their electoral funds in accordance with this Federal Law and for payment of travel expenses. Upon the elapse of the aforementioned period the money due to the election commission shall be remitted to its account by a branch of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation on a mandatory written instruction of the election commission.

 

5. An electoral association, electoral bloc which does not come within Clause 2 of this Article shall fully compensate TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals coming within Clauses 2 and 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law for the cost of free air time and free printing space provided by them. Such compensation shall be paid by the electoral associations, electoral blocs out of their electoral funds before submission of the final financial report.

 

6. Within three days after official publication of the general election results the appropriate election commission shall notify registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs that do not come within Clause 2 of this Article about the return of sums allocated from the budget to their electoral funds and for payment of travel expenses in accordance with this Federal Law, indicating the sums to be returned.

 

7. Within three days after official publication of the general election results the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall furnish TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals indicated in Clauses 2 and 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law with a list of electoral associations, electoral blocs coming within Clause 5 of this Article and of electoral associations comprised in electoral blocs coming within Clause 5 of this Article, their legal addresses and certified copies of excerpts from the joint decisions of the electoral blocs concerning the procedure of payment of compensation for the free air time and free printing space provided to them.

 

8. Within ten days after publication of the general election results TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals indicated in Clauses 2 and 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall inform each electoral association, electoral bloc coming within Clause 5 of this Article and each electoral association comprised in electoral blocs coming within Clause 5 of this Article about the amount and cost of free air time and free printing space provided to them and about their own legal addresses and bank accounts.

 

9. The cost of free air time and free printing space shall be determined on the basis of the amount of air time and printing space made available to electoral associations, electoral blocs as provided in Clauses 5 and 6 Article 56 and Clauses 4 and 5 Article 57 of this Federal Law and the rates set and announced by the TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals as provided in Clause 12 Article 56 and Clause 9 Article 57 of this Federal Law. If electoral associations, electoral blocs with registered federal lists of candidates used free air time for joint campaigning events indicated in Clause 7 Article 56 of this Federal Law, the sums to be returned by each of them shall be determined in equal shares by the TV and radio broadcasting organizations depending on the total number of the participants (electoral associations, electoral blocs) in each of the said joint campaigning events in which they took part. No monetary compensation shall be paid for free air time and free printing space if an electoral association, electoral bloc officially refused to use free air time, free printing space provided to them in a procedure and within time limits indicated in Clause 15 Article 56 and Clause 12 Article 57 of this Federal Law.

 

10. A registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that do not come within Clause 2 of this Article shall not return any sums remaining unspent in their electoral funds to the organizations and individual persons that made donations or sent remittances to their electoral funds before money has been returned to the appropriate election commission and before the electoral association, electoral bloc has compensated TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals for the cost of free air time and free printing space. In this case, the first priority of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be to return money to the election commission. After money has been returned to the election commission and after TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals have been compensated for the cost of the provided free air time and free printing space a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that do not come within Clause 2 of this Article shall remit the unspent sums remaining in their electoral funds to the accounts of individual persons and legal entities that have made donations in proportion to the amounts thereof.

 

11. Upon the elapse of 60 days after voting day, on a written instruction of the appropriate election commission branches of the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation shall remit sums remaining on the special electoral accounts of electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs to the federal budget.

 

12. If an electoral fund is short of or has no money, a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc shall return budget funds to the appropriate election commission and electoral associations, electoral blocs shall compensate for the cost of free air time and free printing space provided to them from their own funds. In this case, if an obligation to return money allocated from the federal budget to the electoral fund and for payment of travel expenses and to compensate for the cost of free air time and free printing space is borne by an electoral bloc, the amount of money to be returned (refunded) shall be equally divided between electoral associations that were comprised in the given bloc as of voting day, unless provided otherwise in a joint decision on the formation of the bloc submitted earlier to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

13. A registered candidate who does not come within Clause 2 of this Article and who failed to meet the requirements of Clause 4 of this Article before submission of the final financial report may return budget funds to the account of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation in the territory of which the given electoral district is located within 12 months after voting day, if, when filing the final financial report on the formation and expenditure of the electoral fund in due time established by this Federal Law, he/she submits a personal statement wherein he/she assumes an obligation to repay the debt.

 

14. An electoral association, electoral bloc which does not come within Clause 2 of this Article and failed to meet the requirements of Clauses 4 and 5 of this Article before submission of the final financial report may return budget funds to the account of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and compensate TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals for the cost of free air time and free printing space within 12 months after voting day if, when filing the final financial report in due time established by this Federal Law they submit statements to, respectively, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals wherein they assume an obligation to repay the debt (pay the compensation). In the event of a default on the obligations assumed in the statements the money shall be collected on the basis of a court order upon the elapse of the period for the return of the money indicated in the statements.

 

15. If the obligations assumed in the statements submitted under Clauses 13 and 14 of this Article are not fulfilled, the money shall be collected on the basis of a court order upon expiration of the time indicated in the statements for the return of the money. If a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc that do not come within Clause 2 of this Article and failed to meet the requirements of Clauses 4 and 5 of this Article before submission of the final financial report have not submitted statements indicated in Clauses 13 and 14 of this Article, the money shall be collected from them on the basis of a court order upon the elapse of the time for submission of the final financial report.

 

16. If a candidate, registered candidate has lost his/her status, the obligations established in this Article in respect of candidates, registered candidates shall be borne by the citizen who was a candidate, registered candidate. Upon the end of the election campaign the obligations imposed by this Article on electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be borne by political public associations which participated in the given election campaign, as electoral associations, in particular, within an electoral bloc.

 

17. Not later than 13 months after voting day TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals coming within Clauses 2 and 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law shall inform the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation about political public associations coming within Clause 5 of this Article which have not paid full compensation for the cost of free air time and free printing space. Not later than 13 months after voting day (and, if, in this time, repeat or by-elections were announced, within ten days after their announcement) the election commissions of the Subjects of the Russian Federation shall inform the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation about Russian Federation citizens coming within Clause 4 of this Article who owe debts to election commissions.

 

18. Within ten days after official publication of a decision to call the subsequent main, repeat election or a by-election of deputies of the State Duma the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall furnish the election commissions of the Subject of the Russian Federation with the lists of Russian Federation citizens coming under Clause 4 of this Article who owe debts to election commissions. The election commissions of the Subjects of the Russian Federation shall forward the said lists to district election commissions within five days of their formation and, in the event of repeat elections and by-elections, on the day of the receipt of these lists.

 

19. In the event of main and repeat elections and by-elections of deputies of the State Duma a citizen of the Russian Federation coming within Article 4 of this Article and having arrears on repayment of budget funds to the election commission as of the day of official publication of a decision to call these elections shall not be entitled to receive federal budget funds, regardless of the electoral district where he/she ran for election, An electoral association coming within Clauses 4 and 5 of this Article, which participated in the previous election of deputies of the State Duma independently or within an electoral bloc and which is in arrears on repayment of budget funds to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and owes money to TV and radio broadcasting organizations and editorial offices of periodicals as of the day of official publication of a decision to call the next election of deputies of the State Duma, shall not be entitled to receive any money from the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and use free air time and printing space when this election is held. This rule shall also apply to electoral blocs formed with the participation of the aforementioned political public associations.

 

ARTICLE 68. Financial Support of Election Commissions

 

1. The funds allocated for the preparation and conduct of the election and the financing of the activities of election commissions shall be used by election commissions at their discretion for the purposes defined by this Federal Law.

 

2. The allocations from the federal budget including the funds remaining from previous periods shall be used to finance the following expenditures of election commissions:

 

(a) on the participation in the formation of electoral funds of registered candidates, electoral associations and electoral blocs which registered their federal lists of candidates, in a manner and amount established by this Federal Law;

 

(b) on compensation payments and payment of transport expenses (with the exception of taxi and chartered transport) to candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts and candidates included on registered federal lists of candidates, in a manner and amount established by Article 49 of this Federal Law;

 

(c) on the additional remuneration of voting members of election commissions, staff members of commissions and non-staff employees who work in commissions under labor and civil-law contracts;

 

(d) on production of printed materials and publishing; acquisition and installation of technological equipment;

 

(e) on the payment of transport expenses, including expenses on the organization of voting in remote and hard-to-reach areas;

 

(f)  on the delivery and safekeeping of electoral documentation;

 

(g)  on the development of the electoral system, including introduction of new electoral technologies, means of automation, legal education of voters and election organizers, implementation of purpose-oriented programs;

 

(h)  on the payment of travel and other expenses incidental to the conduct of the election; on the support of the powers and activities of election commissions.

 

3. Russian Federation citizens who, on the request of an election commission, have been released from the main job for the period of preparation and conduct of the election to serve as a voting member on an election commission shall receive the average salary at the main job to be paid by the organization regardless of its form of ownership. Additional remuneration may be paid to voting members of an election commission who are relieved from their main jobs for the period of the preparation and conduct of the election from the funds allocated for the conduct of the election, in the amount and manner to be established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

4. Labor remuneration of voting members of an election commission who are on the permanent staff thereof shall be paid within the limits of federal budget funds allocated to the election commission in the amount and the manner established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

5. The procedure for opening and servicing bank accounts, accounting, reporting, remitting funds allocated by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation to other election commissions shall be established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and agreed upon with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. The banks shall not charge any fee for opening and servicing accounts of election commissions and shall not pay any interest on the funds kept thereon. Election commissions shall keep accounting records to reflect expenditure of funds allocated from the federal budget.

 

6. The forms of a financial report of election commissions on the receipt and expenditure of funds allocated for the preparation and conduct of the election and the form of presentation of information concerning the sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and agreed upon with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

 

7. A precinct election commission shall submit a report on the receipt and expenditure of federal budget funds allocated to the given precinct election commission for the preparation and conduct of the election to a territorial election commission not later than ten days after voting day. A territorial election commission shall submit a report on the receipt and expenditure of federal budget funds allocated to the given territorial election commission for the preparation and conduct of the election to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation not later than 25 days after voting day.

 

8. A district election commission shall submit a report on the receipt and expenditure of federal budget funds allocated to the given district election commission for the preparation and conduct of the election and the information concerning the sums contributed to and spend from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation not later than 45 days after the day of official publication of the election results in a single-mandate electoral district.

 

9. The election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall submit a financial report on the receipt and expenditure of federal budget funds allocated to the given election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation for the preparation and conduct of the election and the information concerning the sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates in each single-mandate electoral district to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than 60 days after the day of official publication of the general election results.

 

10. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall submit a financial report on the expenditure of federal budget funds and the information concerning the sums contributed to and spent from electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs to the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and make them available to the mass media not later than three months after the day of official publication of the general election results. The said financial report and information shall be published by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in its official bulletin not later than one month after their submission to the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

 

ARTICLE 69. The Review-Auditing Service of Election Commissions

 

1. The following review-auditing services shall be organized in election commissions to exercise control over the correct utilization of funds allocated to election commissions and monitor the sources, correct registration and use of the resources of electoral funds:

 

(a) the review-auditing service of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(b) the review-auditing service of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) review-auditing s of district election commissions (to be organized by the decision of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation agreed upon with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation).

 

2. The review-auditing service shall include the head and the deputy head (deputy heads) of the service, members of the appropriate election commission appointed to the review-auditing service and specialists of the review-auditing service from the staff of state (law-enforcement, fiscal and other) bodies, organizations and institutions, including the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation. On the request of the appropriate election commission these bodies shall, not later than a month after the day of official publication of a decision to call the election, assign specialists to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation for a period of not less than six months and to a district election commission for a period of not less than four months.

 

3. Specialists of the review-auditing service shall perform their duties while being temporarily released from their main job and shall receive their salary and other payments at the main place of work.

 

4. The statute of the review-auditing service shall be approved by the appropriate election commission. The organizational, legal and logistical support of the review-auditing service of election commissions shall be provided by the appropriate commissions.

 

5. The review-auditing service shall be entitled to monitor transfers to electoral funds of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, review registration and utilization of these transfers and check for correct utilization of the funds allocated to lower election commissions, using, if necessary the state automated information system may be used. Upon the request of an election commission, the review-auditing service shall:

 

(a) audit financial reports of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, lower election commissions;

 

(b) request information concerning all matters within its scope of competence and receive this information from candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, election commissions;

 

(c) send inquiries to the federal bodies of executive power, bodies of state power, organizations of all forms of ownership and to individual persons concerning all matters within the scope of its competence, request the necessary information and documents relating to the funding of the election. Information and documents requested by the review-auditing service shall be provided within ten days and, during five days prior to voting day and on voting day, immediately;

 

(d) draw up documents recording financial irregularities in the funding of the election, including protocols of administrative offences;

 

(e) ask the appropriate election commissions to call to account candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs as well as individual persons and legal entities for the violations committed by them in the funding of the election campaign;

 

(f) involve experts in the inspections and preparation of reports and expert assessments.

 

CHAPTER X. VOTING AND DETERMINATION OF ELECTION RESULTS

 

ARTICLE 70. Voting Premises

 

1. The voting premises shall be placed at the disposal of a precinct election commission free of charge by the head of the appropriate municipal unit, and, if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for an office of a municipal unit head, by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government.

 

2. The voting premises shall have a hall with booths or other specially equipped places for secret voting or rooms suitable for secret voting provided with a lighting system, tables, writing utensils, excepting pencils, and ballot boxes.

 

3. Inside or directly in front of the voting premises the precinct election commission shall set up a board for displaying samples of marked ballots and information about all electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates, about all registered candidates nominated by them and included in the federal and the regional part of the federal list and about all candidates registered in the given single-mandate electoral district, indicating the first, middle and last name, year of birth, education, main place of work or service and official position (and occupation if there is no main place of work or service), the place of residence of each registered candidate, information as to who nominated the given candidate. For candidates registered in single-mandate electoral districts these information materials shall also include other biographical data to be submitted by registered candidates, the scope of which shall be established in accordance with the decisions of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. If a registered candidate including a candidate on a list of candidates has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the information materials shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the registered candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state, if the registered candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, indicating the corresponding law. If, apart from Russian citizenship, a registered candidate, including a candidate on the federal list of candidates, has the Russian Federation citizenship and foreign citizenship, the information materials shall indicate this fact and the name of the corresponding foreign state. Available inside the voting premises shall be the federal lists of candidates registered by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Samples of marked ballots displayed on the board shall not contain names of electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates, names of candidates registered in the given single-mandate electoral district and names of registered candidates on the federal lists of candidates. Information about registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs shall be arranged in the information materials in the order which was determined when the form and the text of ballots were approved. The bulletin board shall also display excerpts from the criminal and administrative laws of the Russian Federation establishing responsibility for violation of electoral rights of Russian Federation citizens. The precinct election commission shall arrange these materials so that voters could easily read them.

 

4. Enlarged forms of protocols of voting returns shall be displayed inside the voting premises upon commencement of voting to record voting returns as they are tabulated.

 

5. The voting premises shall be fitted out so that the places where ballots are given out, the voting booths and the ballot boxes are all located in the field of vision of members of the precinct election commission, observers.

 

ARTICLE 71. Ballots

 

1. Ballots shall be documents subject to strict accountability, with their degree of protection to be determined by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Numbering of ballots shall not be allowed. The procedure for the printing of ballots, their quantity and the requirements to their printing shall be approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than 35 days prior to voting day.

 

2. In the election of deputies of the State Duma printed ballots shall be used for voting in the federal and single-mandate electoral districts. Ballots for voting in the federal and in the single-mandate electoral district shall differ in form. The form and the Russian text of the ballot for the federal electoral district and the form of the ballot for a single-mandate electoral district shall be approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than 32 days prior to voting day. The Russian text of the ballot for a single-mandate electoral district shall be approved by a district election commission not later than 29 days prior to voting day. The text shall be printed only on one side of the ballot.

 

3. A ballot for voting in the federal electoral district shall contain the abbreviated names of electoral associations, electoral blocs which have nominated federal lists of candidates and their emblems (if the emblems have been submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in accordance with Clause 3 Article 34 of this Federal Law) arranged in the order determined by lot and printed in black and white. The abbreviated names of electoral associations shall be printed under the name of bloc which comprises these associations. Lot-drawing shall be arranged by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation with participation of authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs not later than 36 days prior to voting day. The number drawn by an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be retained by them until the end of the election campaign. Placed under the name of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be the first, middle and last name of each of the first three candidates from the federal part of a federal list of candidates nominated by an electoral association, electoral bloc. In each Subject of the Russian Federation, after the aforementioned information the ballot shall indicate the name of the regional group of candidates of the federal list of candidates of the given electoral association, electoral bloc corresponding to the given Subject of the Russian Federation and the first, middle and last name of each of the first three candidates from the corresponding regional group of candidates. If the federal list of candidates does not have a federal part, the ballot shall indicate the name of the regional group of candidates and the first, middle and last name of each of the first three candidates of the corresponding regional group.

 

4. A blank box shall be placed to the right of the name of each electoral association, electoral bloc. A line reading "Against all federal lists of candidates" with a blank box to the right thereof shall be placed at the end of the list of electoral associations, electoral blocs.

 

5. A ballot for a single-mandate electoral district shall indicate the first, middle and last name and a registered pseudonym (if any) of each registered candidate arranged in the alphabetical order; his/her year of birth, place of residence, main place of work or service, official position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service); the name of the elective office occupied by the candidate in the elective body of state power or the elective body of local self-government (if any) of each registered candidates; information as to who nominated the given registered candidate. The ballot shall also indicate the abbreviated name of the public association the membership in which was indicated by the registered candidate in accordance with Clause 10 Article 37 or Clause 4 Article 40 of this Federal Law, and the status of the given registered candidate in this public association. If the registered candidate runs also on a federal list of candidates, this, too, shall be indicated in the ballot. A blank box shall be placed to the right of each registered candidate. A line reading "Against all candidates" with a blank box to the right thereof shall be placed at the end of the list of registered candidates.

 

6. If a registered candidate whose first, middle and last name is indicated in the ballot has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the ballot shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. If a registered candidate whose data are indicated in the ballot has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, the ballot shall indicate the name of the corresponding foreign state. The data concerning the convictions and foreign citizenship shall be indicated in the ballot on the basis of the appropriate documents which were submitted to an election commission before approval of the text of the ballot.

 

7. Each ballot shall contain marking instructions.

 

8. Ballots shall be printed in the Russian language. Subject to a decision of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, ballots shall be printed in the Russian language and in the official language of the given Subject of the Russian Federation, and, in the necessary cases, in the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation in the territories where they are concentrated. If ballots for an electoral precinct are printed in two or more languages, the text in the Russian language shall be printed on each ballot. The text of the ballot in the official languages of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall be approved by the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation not later than 25 days prior to voting day.

 

9. Ballots for voting in the federal electoral district shall be printed only by a decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation under supervision of its representatives by printing organizations adequately equipped for production of electoral documents not later than 22 days prior to voting day. Ballots for voting in single-mandate electoral districts shall be printed not later than 22 days prior to voting day only by an order and under the supervision of election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation or by a decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, district election commissions by printing organizations adequately equipped for production of electoral documents. The number of ballots printed for the election of deputies of the State Duma shall not exceed by more than 3 percent the number of voters registered in the federal electoral district and in each single-mandate electoral district.

 

10. The printing organization shall reject defective ballots and shall hand over the ballots to the duly authorized members of the election commission which placed an order for their printing on the basis of a transfer record indicating the date and time when it was drawn up and the number of ballots being handed over. After the ballots have been handed over in the quantity corresponding to the order the employees of the printing organization shall destroy the rejected and surplus ballots and shall draw up a certificate to this effect to be signed by all persons present thereat. These actions may be witnessed by other members of the election commission, registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, their agents, if they wish to do so. The appropriate election commission shall notify registered candidates, authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs about the time when and the place where the ballots are to be handed over and the printing organization shall make it possible for them to be present thereat.

 

11. After receiving ballots from the printing organization an election commission which has placed an order for the printing of ballots shall, not later than 20 days prior to voting day, transfer the ballots to territorial election commissions in the presence of members of a district election commission on the basis of a transfer record indicating the time when the record was drawn up and the quantity of transferred ballots. The number of ballots to be transferred to each territorial election commission shall be determined by a decision of the district election commission but it shall not exceed by more than 2.5 percent the number of voters registered in the corresponding territory of a single-mandate electoral district. The ballots remaining after transfer of ballots to territorial election commissions shall be handed over to the district election commission. Proceeding in the same manner a territorial election commission shall transfer ballots to precinct election commissions not later than four days prior to voting day. For each electoral precinct the number of ballots to be transferred to a precinct election commission shall not be less than 90 percent of the number of voters included on voter lists for the given electoral precinct as of the day of the transfer of ballots and shall not exceed this number by more than 0.5 percent. Precinct election commissions formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation may receive ballots directly from the election commission which placed an order for production of ballots, in a procedure established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Signatures of two voting members of a precinct election commission to be certified by the election commission’s seal shall be placed at the upper right of the ballot.

 

12. The responsibility for the transfer and safekeeping of ballots shall be borne by the chairmen of election commissions which transfer, receive and keep ballots.

 

13. If some candidates withdraw from the election, registration of some candidates is annulled, federal lists of candidates of some electoral associations, electoral blocs are recalled after the ballots have been printed, territorial election commissions and precinct election commissions shall, on the instruction of the election commissions which registered these candidates (federal lists of candidates), strike out the data of these candidates or electoral associations, electoral blocs on ballots. If the data of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc indicated in printed ballots have to be changed and supplemented, these changes and additions may be made in the ballots, subject to a decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, by members of a district election commission, territorial election commission, precinct election commission by hand or with the use of a stamp.

 

14. In exceptional cases, in electoral precincts formed in remote and hard-to-reach regions, on ships which are at sea on voting day, at polar stations, at electoral precincts established outside the territory of the Russian Federation election documentation, including ballots, may be printed by a precinct election commission itself, if the necessary technical facilities are available. A decision to print the election documentation indicating the necessary number of ballots shall be taken by this precinct election commission with the concurrence of an appropriate district or territorial election commission.

 

15. On voting day, after the voting time ends, the unused ballots shall be cancelled by a district, territorial election commission, and the corresponding election commission shall draw up a certificate to this effect. The persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law may be present when the ballots are being cancelled. The cancelled ballots shall be kept by the secretary of the election commission together with other documentation of the commission.

 

ARTICLE 72. Absentee Certificates for Voting in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. An absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be a document subject to strict accountability, whose degree of protection shall be determined by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The form of absentee certificates, the procedure for their printing, their quantity, the form of a register to record issuance of absentee certificates and the requirements to the production of absentee certificates shall be approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than 60 days prior to voting day. Absentee certificates shall be transferred from the higher election commission to a lower election commission in the same manner as ballots. The responsibility for the transfer and safekeeping of absentee certificates shall be borne by the chairmen of election commissions which transfer, receive and keep absentee certificates.

 

2. A voter unable to come to the voting premises of the electoral precinct where he/she is included on the voter list shall be entitled to obtain an absentee certificate from the appropriate territorial election commission (45 – 25 days prior to voting day), the precinct election commission (24 – 1 days prior to voting day) of the given precinct and take part in the voting within the electoral district where the given voter is eligible to vote in accordance with Clauses 1 and 2 Article 4 of this Federal Law, in the electoral precinct where he/she will be staying on voting day

 

3. On the basis of a written application of a voter indicating the reasons why the voter needs an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma an absentee certificate shall be issued by the appropriate election commission either to the voter personally or to his/her representative provided with a notarized power of attorney. The power of attorney may also be certified by the administration of a hospital where a voter is undergoing medical treatment, by the administration of an institution where suspects or defendants are confined.

 

4. A territorial election commission shall issue absentee certificates to voters on the basis of the information about voters submitted to the commission by the head of a municipal unit (if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for this post, by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government) in accordance with the Regulation On the State System for Registration of Voters, Referendum Participants. A territorial election commission shall keep a register of issued absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma indicating the first, middle and last name of the voter, year of birth (for voters 18 years old - also the day and month of birth), home address. Twenty five days prior to voting day a territorial election commission shall furnish to precinct election commissions the originals of voter lists together with certified excerpts from the register of issued absentee certificates indicating the data of voters registered in the territory of these electoral precincts, who have received absentee certificates. Based on this excerpt a precinct election commission shall make appropriate notes on the voter list.

 

5. A voter or his/her representative shall sign for the receipt of an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma in the register of issued absentee certificates (in a territorial election commission) or in a voter list (in a precinct election commission), indicating the series and number of his/her passport or an equivalent identity paper. In this case, this voter shall be eliminated from the voter list of the electoral precinct in the given election and shall not be reckoned in the counting of the number of registered voters when the precinct election commission draws up its protocol.

 

6. An absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be valid if it bears the seal of a territorial or a precinct election commission and is signed by a member of the territorial or precinct election commission who issued the absentee certificate.

 

7. On voting day, upon production of an absentee certificate, a voter shall be put on the voter list in any other electoral precinct within the electoral district where the voter is eligible to vote, after which the absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be withdrawn. When receiving a ballot (ballots) this voter shall indicate his/her home address on the voter list

 

8. On voting day, before voting time begins, the unused absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be cancelled and a record to this effect shall be drawn up by a territorial or a precinct election commission.

 

ARTICLE 73. Voting Procedure

 

1. Voting shall be conducted on a non-working calendar day from 8.00 to 20.00 local time.

 

2. Precinct election commissions shall inform voters about the time and place of voting not later than 20 days prior to voting day through the mass media or by other methods and, in the event of early voting in cases provided by Article 74 of this Federal Law, not later than five days prior to early voting day.

 

3. A precinct election commission formed on ships at sea, in military units, at polar stations, in remote and hard-to-reach regions may declare the voting completed ahead of the time specified in Clause 1 of this Article if all the voters on the voter list have voted.

 

4. At 8.00 on voting day, the chairman of a precinct election commission shall declare the voting premises open and shall produce empty stationary and portable ballot boxes for examination by the members of the precinct election commission, voters and persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law. After this, the ballot boxes shall be sealed by the seal of the precinct election commission (a seal shall be affixed). The chairman of a precinct election commission shall also show to the said persons sealed portable ballot boxes containing ballots marked in accordance with Clauses 2 - 9 Article 74 of this Federal Law by voters (if any) who have voted early. Then the chairman of a precinct election commission shall invite voters to start voting.

 

5. Voting members of a precinct election commission shall receive ballots from the chairman of a precinct election commission for issuance to voters and shall sign for their receipt.

 

6. Ballots shall be given to voters included on the voter lists upon production of a passport or an equivalent identity paper (a serviceman’s card or an officer’s identity card for people who undergo military service, a certificate of a standard form issued by internal affairs bodies, a foreign passport of the Russian Federation citizen for persons who permanently reside or stay outside the territory of the Russian Federation, a seaman’s passport). Each voter shall be entitled to receive two ballots, including one ballot for voting in the federal electoral district and one ballot for voting in the given single-mandate electoral district. The exceptions to this case are provided by Clause 12 of this Article. If a voter votes on the basis of an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma at the place where he/she temporarily stays outside the single-mandate electoral district where the voter resides permanently or currently, he/she shall be entitled to receive only one ballot – the ballot for voting in the federal electoral district. Before issuing ballots to voters a member of the election commission shall make sure that an absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma has not been issued to the given voter, the voter has not voted early and that his/her application for voting outside the voting premises has not been recorded in the register indicated in Clause 2 Article 75 of this Federal Law and that no voting members of the precinct election commission were sent to the voter to conduct voting outside the voting premises. Upon production of an absentee certificate, a voter shall be additionally entered onn the voter list and the absentee certificate for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma shall be taken away and cancelled.

 

7. When receiving ballots, the voter shall write the series and number of his/her passport or an equivalent identity paper in the voter list and sign for the receipt of each ballot. With the consent or at the request of a voter the series and number of his/her passport or an equivalent identify paper may be written on the voter list by a voting member of a precinct election commission. The voter shall check the correctness of the entry and shall sign for the receipt of each ballot.

 

8. If a voter is not able to sign for the receipt of each ballot by himself/herself, he/she may ask other persons to help him/her, if these persons are not members of the election commission, registered candidates, agents of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs and their authorized representatives, observers, foreign (international) observers. The person who has helped the voter shall put his/her signature in the column (columns) "Voter Signature for Receipt of Ballot" of the voter list indicating his/her first, middle and last name, the series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper.

 

9. Each voter shall vote in person. Voting for other voters shall not be allowed. Ballots shall be marked in a specially equipped booth or a specially equipped other place or a room for secret voting, where the presence of any other persons shall not be allowed.

 

10. A voter who is not able to mark the ballot by himself/herself may be assisted by another voter who is not a member of the election commission, registered candidate, agent of a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, their authorized representative, observer, foreign (international) observer. In this case, the voter shall orally inform the election commission of his/her intention to ask for assistance in marking the ballot. The first, middle and last name, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper of the person assisting the voter shall be indicated in the appropriate column (columns) of the voter list.

 

11. On the ballot for voting in the federal electoral district, voters shall put any mark in the blank box to the right of the name of the electoral association, electoral bloc whose federal list of candidates they vote for, or in the box placed to the right of the words "Against all federal lists of candidates". On the ballot for voting in a single-mandate electoral district, voters shall put any mark in the blank box to the right of the name of the registered candidate he/she votes for, or in the box to the right of the words "Against all candidates".

 

12. If a voter thinks that he/she has made a mistake when marking a ballot, he/she may ask the election commission member who had issued him/her a ballot to give him/her a new ballot in place of the spoilt one. The election commission member shall issue a new ballot to the voter, make a corresponding note on the voter list against the name of this voter and sign the note. The spoilt ballot shall be immediately canceled and an act shall be drawn up to this effect.

 

13. Voters shall drop marked ballots into a sealed stationary ballot box.

 

14. The chairman of a precinct election commission shall maintain order on the voting premises. Instructions of the chairman issued within the scope of his/her competence shall be mandatory for all those present inside the voting premises. In case the chairman of a precinct election commission is absent, his/her functions shall be performed by the deputy chairman of the precinct election commission, and, in the absence of the deputy chairman, by the secretary or some other voting member of the given election commission authorized thereby.

 

15. Persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law may be present on the voting premises during the voting, when votes are being counted and when a precinct election commission is drawing up a protocol of voting returns. Based on their credentials a precinct election commission shall make up a list of persons who observed the progress of voting and the counting of votes.

 

16. A member of a precinct election commission shall be immediately barred from participation in its work and an observer and other persons shall be expelled from the voting premises if they try to interfere with the work of the election commission or with the exercise by a citizen of the Russian Federation of his/her electoral rights or attempt to violate the secrecy of voting. The appropriate decision shall be taken by the precinct election commission or a higher election commission. In this case, the commission shall be entitled to request the appropriate authorities to bring to responsibility the barred member of the precinct election commission or expelled observers and other persons, subject to federal laws.

 

17. Registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, agents and authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, agents of registered candidates and the organizations whose founders, owners, possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the said persons and organizations as well as other natural persons and legal entities acting on the request or on the instructions of the said persons and organizations shall not take any steps to arrange for transportation of voters to voting premises.

 

ARTICLE 74. Early Voting

 

1. A district election commission may allow all voters in one of or several electoral precincts on ships at sea on voting day, at polar stations, in other remote and hard-to-reach areas to vote early but not earlier than 15 days prior to voting day. In this case, early voting shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established by Article 73 of this Federal Law. Immediately after the end of early voting votes cast by voters shall be counted and voting returns shall be determined in accordance with the requirements of Clauses 76 and 77 of this Federal Law.

 

2. If separate groups of voters included on the voter list of the given electoral precinct are located at places which are far away from the voting premises and are inaccessible or hard to reach by any means of transport (at polar stations and in other remote and hard-to-reach areas) and, therefore, early voting cannot be conducted in the whole electoral precinct in accordance with Clause 1 of this Article, a district election commission may, with the concurrence of the appropriate election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, allow these groups of voters to vote early, in the course of several days, in a procedure established by Clauses 3 – 9 of this Article.

 

3. Early voting indicated in Clause 2 of this Article shall be conducted with the use of portable ballot boxes the number of which shall be determined by a district election commission. Before early voting starts, empty portable ballot boxes shall be produced for examination to the majority of the members of a precinct election commission and to the persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law present on the commission’s premises, and a protocol shall be drawn up to record this fact. After that, empty ballot boxes shall be sealed (seals shall be affixed).

 

4. Two voting members of a precinct election commission shall put their signatures at the upper right on the face of each ballot issued to a voter who votes early and their signatures shall be certified by a seal of the precinct election commission.

 

5. Early voting outside the voting premises shall be conducted by not less than two voting members of a precinct election commission. They shall be provided with a portable ballot box that has been sealed in a precinct election commission, the required number of ballots of a standard form, an excerpt from the voter list containing data of the voters whom they are going to visit to conduct early voting or the voter list as well as the necessary writing utensils (excepting pencils) to mark ballots.

 

6. A voter who votes early shall sign for the receipt of each ballot issued to him/her in the excerpt from the voter list or on the voter list. The members of the election commission who conduct early voting shall make a note in the said excerpt or on the list to indicate that the voter has voted early and shall mark the date and time of voting. If a voter has put his/her signature in the excerpt from the voter list, these notes as well as the series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper shall be entered on the voter list after early voting ends. The said excerpt from the voter list shall be kept together with the voter list.

 

7. A voter shall mark the ballot and drop it into the ballot box as provided by Article 73 of this Federal Law.

 

8. A protocol shall be drawn up to record the fact of early voting, indicating the day and time of voting, the number of voters who received ballots for early voting, the names of the members of the election commission and other persons present at the voting. This protocol shall be kept together with the portable ballot box.

 

9. After the end of early voting the slots for ballots in portable ballot boxes shall be sealed by the chairman of the precinct election commission, and the secretary of the precinct election commission shall make arrangements for safekeeping of the portable ballot boxes. The portable ballot boxes shall not be opened till commencement of vote counting on the voting premises. The portable ballot boxes containing ballots dropped there by voters who have voted early shall not be used for voting on voting day.

 

10. Early voting may be witnessed by persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law. When early voting is to be conducted with the use of portable ballot boxes, a precinct election commission shall make arrangements to ensure that at least two persons from non-voting members of the election commission, observers appointed by different registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs are offered the same possibilities as the voting members of the precinct election commission to go to the place where early voting is to be conducted.

 

11. Early voting shall be conducted only at the time established by a decision of the appropriate precinct election commission. This time shall be made known to voters and persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law through the mass media and/or by other means.

 

12. When conducting early voting an election commission shall ensure the secrecy of voting, prevent any possibility of the expression of the voter’s will being distorted, make arrangements for safekeeping of ballots and ensure that the votes of voters are reckoned in the determination of the voting returns and election results.

 

ARTICLE 75. Voting Outside the Voting Premises On Voting Day

 

1. A precinct election commission shall make arrangements to enable voters to vote if they are entitled to be or are included on the voter list of the given electoral precinct but are unable to come on their own to the voting premises for valid reasons (poor health, physical disability, etc.). A precinct election commission may determine that the reason is untenable and refuse to conduct voting outside the voting premises.

 

2. Voting outside voting premises with the exception of the cases provided for by Article 74 of this Federal Law shall be carried out only on voting day and only on the basis of a written application or an oral request (which may be relayed through other persons) of a voter asking for a possibility to vote outside the voting premises. The application (request) may be submitted by a voter at any time after formation of the precinct election commission but not later than four hours before the end of voting time on voting day. A precinct election commission shall record all received applications (requests) in a special register.

 

3. An entry recording an oral request in the register mentioned in Clause 2 of this Article shall indicate the time when the request was received, the first, middle and last name of the precinct commission member who received the request (telephone call, message, etc.), the first, middle and last name of the person who relayed the message. The entry shall be signed by the precinct commission member. Upon arrival of commission members to the voter the request shall be confirmed by a written application which shall be registered with the indication of the time when the application was submitted.

 

4. A written application for voting outside the voting premises shall state the reason for which the voter is unable to come to the voting premises and shall indicate the same data about the voter as are contained on the voter list.

 

5. At least 30 minutes before the departure of members of a precinct election commission, the chairman of a precinct election commission shall announce that the commission members are going to conduct voting outside the voting premises.

 

6. A precinct election commission shall have the necessary number (but not more than three) portable ballot boxes to conduct voting provided for by this Article, the number of such boxes to be determined by a decision of the appropriate territorial election commission.

 

7. Having received ballots the voting members of a precinct election commission who conduct voting outside the voting premises shall sign for the receipt thereof in the journal of issuance of ballots for voting outside the voting premises. Voting outside the voting premises shall be conducted by not less than two voting members of a precinct election commission who shall bring with them a portable ballot box sealed by the precinct election commission; the required number of ballots of the established form; a certified extract from the register indicated in Clause 2 of this Article containing the data required by Clause 8 Article 15 of this Federal Law about the voters on whose request voting outside the voting premises is to be conducted (an appropriate note shall be made in the register when this extract is made); the written applications for voting outside the voting premises; the necessary writing utensils (excepting pencils) for the voter to mark the ballots.

 

8. Voting outside the voting premises shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of Article 73 of this Federal Law.

 

9. In his/her written application for voting outside the voting premises a voter shall indicate the series and number of his/her passport or an equivalent identity paper, his/her home address and shall confirm the receipt of each ballot by his/her signature. The voting members of the commission shall confirm the issuance of ballots by putting their signatures on the application. A corresponding note shall be made on the application when a new ballot is issued in place of a spoilt one.

 

10. The voting members of a precinct election commission who conduct voting outside the voting premises shall issue ballots only to those voters whose applications (requests) have been recorded in the register as provided by Clause 2 of this Article.

 

11. The series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper of a voter who voted outside the voting premises shall be entered on the voter list by the voting members of a precinct election commission who came to voters in response to their applications (requests). At the same time, the words "Voted outside the voting premises" shall be written in the appropriate column (columns) of the voter list.

 

12. When voting is carried out outside the voting premises, non-voting members of an election commission, observers may be present at the voting. In this case, a precinct election commission shall provide the same possibilities to come to the place of voting for voting members of the precinct election commission who conduct voting outside the voting premises and to not less than two non-voting members of the election commission, observers appointed by various candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs. Voting outside the voting premises shall be organized so as to prevent any violations of electoral rights of citizens and distortion of the expression of a voter’s will.

 

13. If a voter who submitted an application (request) for voting outside the voting premises comes to the voting premises to vote after the voting members of the precinct election commission were sent to him/her to conduct voting outside the voting premises, an appropriate member of the precinct election commission shall not issue a ballot to this voter on the voting premises until the commission members who went to the voter in response to his/her application (request) to conduct voting outside the voting premises come back and until it is established that the voter has not voted outside the voting premises.

 

14. After the end of voting outside the voting premises with the use of a portable ballot box the precinct election commission shall draw up an act indicating the number of ballots issued to the members of the precinct election commission who conducted voting outside the voting premises; the number of written applications of voters asking for a possibility to vote outside the voting premises; the number of ballots issued to voters; the number of returned ballots (ballots which were not used or were spoilt by voters); the information concerning the voting members of the precinct election commission who conducted voting outside the voting premises, the non-voting members of the precinct election commission and observers who were present when voting was conducted outside the voting premises.

 

ARTICLE 76. Protocols of Voting Returns of a Precinct Election Commissions

 

1. A precinct election commission shall draw up two protocols of voting returns in the given electoral precinct: Protocol No. 1 of Voting Returns for the single-mandate electoral district and Protocol No. 2 of Voting Returns for the federal electoral district.

 

2. As a rule, a protocol of voting returns shall be drawn up by a precinct election commission on one sheet. If the protocol has been drawn up on more sheets than one, each sheet shall be numbered, signed by all present voting members of the precinct election commission and sealed by the seal of the precinct election commission. Each of the two protocols of a precinct election commission specified in Clause 1 of this Article shall contain the following:

 

(a) No. of the copy;

 

(b) name of the election, date of voting, name and number of the electoral district;

 

(c) the word "Protocol";

 

(d) the name of the election commission and the number of the electoral precinct;

 

(e) the lines of the protocol:

 

line 1: number of voters included on the voter list as of the end of voting who are eligible to vote in the appropriate electoral district;

 

line 2: number of ballots received by the precinct election commission;

 

line 3: number of ballots issued to voters who voted early;

 

line 4: number of canceled ballots;

 

line 5: number of ballots issued to voters on the voting premises on voting day;

 

line 6: number of ballots issued to voters who voted outside the voting premises;

 

line 7: number of ballots in the portable ballot boxes;

 

line 8: number of ballots in the stationary ballot boxes;

 

line 9: number of valid ballots;

 

line 10: total number of invalid ballots;

 

line 11: the number of ballots, found invalid on the basis of Clause 14 Article 7of this Federal Law (if the number of ballots for the given electoral district found in a portable ballot box exceeds the number of voters’ applications bearing a note about receipt of ballots or the number of notes on the voter list indicating that the voter has voted early);

 

line 12: number of unmarked ballots;

 

line 13: number of absentee certificates received by the precinct election commission;

 

line 14: number of absentee certificates for voting in the election of deputies of the State Duma issued to voters by the precinct election commission in the electoral precinct before voting day;

 

line 15: number of voters who have voted in the electoral precinct on the basis of absentee certificates;

 

line 16: number of cancelled unused absentee certificates;

 

line 17: number of absentee certificates cancelled in accordance with Clause 6 Article 73 of this Federal Law;

 

(f) the list of complaints (statements), acts and other documents attached to the protocol;

 

(g) the names and initials of the chairman, the deputy chairman, the secretary and other members of the election commission and their signatures;

 

(h) the signing date and time (hours, minutes) of the protocol (if the protocol contains more than one page - each page of the protocol shall be signed);

 

(i) the seal of the election commission (if the protocol contains more than one page - each page of the protocol shall be affixed).

 

3. In addition to the aforementioned data the following shall be indicated in line 18 and subsequent lines of Protocol No. 1 of Voting Returns for the single-mandate electoral district:

 

the fist, middle and last names in the alphabetical order, and, if these names coincide, other data of registered candidates on the ballot and the number of votes cast for each registered candidate;

 

the number of votes cast against all candidates.

 

4. Apart from the data indicated in Clause 2 of this Article the following shall be entered in line 18 and subsequent lines of Protocol No. 2 of Voting Returns for the federal electoral district:

 

the names of electoral associations, electoral blocs which nominated federal lists of candidates in the order of their arrangement in the ballot and the number of votes cast for each federal list of candidates;

 

the number of votes cast against all federal lists of candidates.

 

5. The numbers indicated in Clauses 2 to 4 of this Article shall be entered in the protocols of voting returns in numerals and in words.

 

ARTICLE 77. Counting of Votes and Compilation of Protocols of Voting Returns by Precinct Election Commissions

 

1. The votes cast by voters shall be counted openly and publicly, by the voting members of a precinct election commission. The persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law shall be given a possibility to be present at and observe vote counting.

 

2. After the voting time expires, the chairman of a precinct election commission shall announce that only those voters who are already inside the voting premises may receive ballots and vote. Counting of votes cast by voters shall begin immediately after the voting time expires and shall be continued without interruption until the voting returns are tabulated, the said voting returns to be made known to all members of a precinct election commission and persons present at vote counting in accordance with this Federal Law.

 

3. After the end of voting, voting members of a precinct election commission in the presence of persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law shall count unused ballots, cancel them by cutting off the lower left corner (care shall be taken to avoid damaging the boxes located on the ballots to the right of the data of registered candidates, names of electoral associations, electoral blocs and against the line "Against all candidates", "Against all federal lists of candidates"), announce the number of cancelled ballots obtained by summing up the number of unused ballots and the number of ballots spoilt by voters in the course of voting and enter these data in lines 4 of the protocols of voting returns and in the enlarged forms of these protocols. After that members of a precinct election commission shall announce the number of unused absentee certificates and enter this number in lines 16 of the protocols of voting returns and their enlarged forms. The cancelled ballots and absentee certificates may be examined by non-voting members of the election commission, observers, foreign (international) observers under the supervision of voting members of the election commission.

 

4. Before starting to count votes voting members of a precinct election commission shall enter the following data summarized page by page in each page of the voter list, separately for the federal and for the single-mandate electoral district:

 

(a) the number of voters on the list (minus the voters issued absentee certificates by a territorial and the precinct election commission). The number of voters on the list for a single-mandate electoral district shall not include voters entered in the list on the basis of absentee certificates if these voters have received ballots only for the federal electoral district;

 

(b) the number of ballots issued to voters on the voting premises of the electoral precinct on voting day (to be established on the basis of the number of voter signatures in the voter list);

 

(c) the number of ballots issued to voters who have voted outside the voting premises (to be established on the basis of the number of appropriate notes in the voter list);

 

(d) the number of voters who have voted early (to be established on the basis of the number of appropriate notes in the voter list);

 

(e) the number of absentee certificates issued by the precinct election commission on the voting premises;

 

(f) the number of voters who have voted on the voting premises of the electoral precinct on the basis of absentee certificates.

 

5. After the data indicated in Clause 4 of this Article have been entered, the voting member of a precinct election commission who has entered these data shall sign each page of the voter list, sum up these data and announce them to the chairman, the deputy chairman or the secretary of a precinct election commission and to persons present at vote counting. On the last page of the voter list the chairman, the deputy chairman or the secretary of a precinct election commission shall write the summarized data to be obtained by summing up the data established in accordance with Clause 4 of this Article, and shall certify them with his/her signature and the seal of the precinct election commission. After that, the voter list shall be made available for examination to persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law.

 

6. The chairman, the deputy chairman or the secretary of a precinct election commission shall ascertain, announce the following data and enter them in lines 1 and 2 of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms:

 

(a) the number of voters included on the voter list as of the end of voting who are eligible to vote in the given electoral district;

 

(b) the number of ballots received by the precinct election commission.

 

7. The following data shall be made public and entered in lines 13, 14, 15 of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms:

 

(a) the number of absentee certificates which have been received by the precinct election commission;

 

(b) the number of absentee certificates which have been issued by the precinct election commission to voters in the electoral precinct;

 

(c) the number of voters who have voted in the electoral precinct on the basis of absentee certificates.

 

8. Then, the following data shall be entered in lines 5, 6 and 3 of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms:

 

(a) the number of ballots issued to voters on the voting premises on voting day;

 

(b) the number of ballots issued to voters who voted outside the voting premises;

 

(c) the number of ballots issued to voters who have voted early in accordance with Clauses 2 - 9 Article 74 of this Federal Law.

 

9. After this, the chairman or the secretary of the precinct election commission shall take steps to ensure safekeeping of the voter list and prevent access to the list for persons participating in vote counting. No further work shall be carried out on the voter list until the control relationships of data entered in the protocols of voting returns are checked as provided by Clause 22 of this Article.

 

10. Direct counting of votes shall be carried out by voting members of the precinct election commission from ballots in the ballot boxes.

 

11. Non-voting members of the precinct election commission, persons listed in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law shall be entitled to be present at direct counting of votes.

 

12. Direct counting of votes shall be carried out on the voting premises at the places fitted out so as to allow access to them for voting and non-voting members of the precinct election commission. Members of the precinct election commission, with the exception of the chairman (deputy chairman) and the secretary of the election commission, shall not use any writing utensils during vote counting. The actions of members of the precinct election commission shall be visible to all persons present.

 

13. When directly counting the votes the precinct election commission shall separate ballots which do not conform to a standard format, i.e., which have not been printed officially or have not been certified by the election commission. Such ballots shall not be reckoned in the direct counting of votes.

 

14. First of all, the commission shall count ballots in the portable ballot boxes: first in the boxes containing ballots left by voters who have voted early, then in the boxes containing ballots left by voters who have voted outside the voting premises on voting day. Before each portable ballot box is opened the number of voters who voted with the use of the given portable ballot box shall be announced, the integrity of the seals on the boxes shall be checked by the chairman of the precinct election commission and, on the chairman’s request, verified by the commission members and other persons present at vote counting. Votes shall be counted so as to avoid violating the secrecy of voting and non-standard ballots shall be placed separately. The number of standard ballots taken out of the boxes shall be announced and entered in line 7 of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms. If the number of standard ballots for voting in the federal or a single-mandate electoral district in the portable ballot box has been found to be larger than the number of notes on the voter list indicating that the voter has voted early or the number of applications of voters which carry a note indicating the receipt of ballots for voting in the one or the other electoral district, all ballots for the given electoral district contained in the given portable ballot box shall be declared invalid by a decision of the precinct election commission and this fact shall be recorded in a separate act which shall be attached to the protocol of voting returns. The act shall indicate the last names and initials of the members of the election commission who organized early voting, voting outside the voting premises using this ballot box. The number of ballots thus declared invalid shall be entered in line 11 of the appropriate protocol of voting returns and in its enlarged form and shall not be reckoned in direct vote counting. Such ballots shall be packed and sealed separately.

 

15. The stationary ballot boxes shall be opened after the seals thereon have been found intact.

 

16. Voting members of the precinct election commission shall sort out into separate bundles the ballots taken out of the portable and stationary ballot boxes according to the votes cast for each registered candidate, each federal list of candidates, and against all candidates, all federal lists of candidates; at the same time, they shall separate ballots which do not conform to the standard format and invalid ballots for voting in the single-mandate and the federal electoral district. While sorting out the ballots, voting members of the precinct election commission shall read aloud the notes made by voters on ballots and show ballots for examination to all persons present at the direct counting. The notes on two and more ballots shall not be read aloud simultaneously.

 

17. After the ballots have been sorted out, votes cast by voters shall be counted from the standard ballots. Not less than two voting members of the election commission shall count the ballots separately for votes cast for each registered candidate, each federal list of candidates and for votes cast "Against all candidates", "Against all federal lists of candidates". The results of counting shall be entered in line 18 and subsequent lines of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms.

 

18. Invalid ballots shall be counted and summed up separately. The total number of invalid ballots, including the ballots declared invalid on the basis of Clause 14 of this Article, shall be announced and entered in lines 10 of the protocols of voting returns and their enlarged forms. The number of invalid ballots where none of the options are marked shall be entered in lines 12 of the protocols and their enlarged forms. Ballots shall be pronounced invalid if they make it impossible to establish the expression of a voter’s will, specifically the ballots wherein a mark (marks) was put in more than one box or in none of the boxes. If any doubts arise in pronouncing a ballot invalid, the precinct election commission shall decide the matter by voting and the reasons for invalidating the ballot shall be indicated on the back of the ballot. This inscription shall be certified by signatures of not less than three voting members of the commission and the seal of the commission.

 

19. Then the voting members of the precinct election commission shall sum up the data of line 18 and the subsequent lines of the protocols of voting returns, announce the number of valid ballots and enter this number in line 9 of the protocols of voting returns and their enlarge forms.

 

20. Voting members of the precinct election commission shall count the number of standard ballots for the federal and single-mandate electoral districts in the stationary ballot boxes, announce this number and enter it in line 8 of the protocols of voting returns and in their enlarged forms.

 

21. Non-voting members of the election commission, observers, foreign (international) observers may examine the sorted out ballots under the supervision of voting members of the precinct election commission.

 

22. After the ballots have been counted, the control relationships of data entered in the protocols of voting returns shall be checked (Annex 5). If the control relationships do not coincide, the precinct election commission shall take a decision to carry out additional counting of votes for all or some of the lines of the protocols of voting returns, including additional counting of ballots. If changes have to be made in the protocol of voting returns on the basis of additional counting, a new blank form of the protocol shall be filled out and appropriate changes shall be made in its enlarged form.

 

23. After the counting has been completed the ballots shall be sorted out and packed in bundles according to registered candidates, federal list of candidates for which votes were cast in the ballots. Separate bundles shall contain ballots cast against all candidates and all federal lists of candidates and invalid and cancelled ballots for the federal and single-mandate electoral districts. Each bundle shall be marked to indicate the number of ballots in the bundle, the name of the registered candidate, the electoral association, electoral bloc marked in the ballots or shall be marked "Against all candidates," "Against all federal lists of candidates." The ballots packed as above shall be placed in bags or boxes which shall be marked to indicate the number of the electoral precinct, the number (name) of the electoral district, the quantity of ballots. The bags or boxes shall be sealed and may be opened only by a decision of the higher election commission or a court. Voting and non-voting members of the precinct election commission may put their signatures on these bags or boxes.

 

24. The protocols of voting returns shall be filled out in three copies and shall be signed by all present voting members of the precinct election commission.

 

25. If some voting members of the precinct election commission are absent when the protocols of voting returns are filled out, a note to this effect shall be made in the protocols indicating the reason for their absence. The protocols shall be valid if they are signed by the majority of the established number of voting members of the given precinct election commission.

 

26. The protocols of voting returns shall not be filled out with a pencil and no changes shall be made therein. At the signing of the protocols the voting members of a precinct election commission who dissent from the contents of the protocols may attach their dissenting opinion to the protocols and a note to this effect shall be made in the protocols.

 

27. Upon the request of a member of a precinct election commission, persons indicated in Clause 5 of Article 29 this Federal Law, immediately after signing of the protocols of voting returns the precinct election commission shall provide a copy of the protocols of voting returns to these persons or allow them to copy the protocols and shall certify the copies.

 

28. The first copies of the protocols of voting returns of a precinct election commission, after they have been signed by all present voting members of the precinct election commission and after, on request, the copies of the protocols of voting returns have been issued to or certified for all persons present at vote counting from among persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law shall be, without delay, forwarded to the appropriate territorial commission and shall not be returned to the precinct election commission. Attached to the first copies of the protocols shall be dissenting opinions of voting members of the precinct election commission, complaints (statements) about violations of this Federal Law, decisions taken by the precinct election commission in connection with these complaints (statements) and its acts, records and registers. Certified copies of these documents and decisions of the election commission shall be attached to the second copies of the protocols.

 

29. The second copies of the protocols together with the electoral documentation provided for by this Federal Law, including sealed ballots and lists of non-voting members of the precinct election commission, persons indicated in Clause 5 of Article 29 of this Federal Law present at the tabulation of voting returns and compilation of the protocols, as well as the seal of the precinct election commission shall be kept by the secretary of the precinct election commission under a seal in a guarded room until the commission finishes its work. Electoral documentation including sealed ballots shall be transferred to appropriate territorial commissions not later than five days after official publication of the election results.

 

30. The third copies of the protocols (copies thereof) shall be produced for examination to persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law and then shall be posted for examination by general public in a place designated by a precinct election commission.

 

31. If the necessary technical equipment is available, subject to a decision of the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation agreed upon with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation concerning the use of technical devices (including ballot scanners) for counting votes, district election commissions shall determine electoral precincts where such technical devices are to be used. The voting returns tabulated with the aid of the said technical devices shall be regarded as preliminary information which has no legal force, unless provided otherwise by federal laws.

 

32. When technical devices are used for vote counting, no vote counting data shall be disclosed until the end of voting on the voting premises, with the exception of the data concerning voter turnout.

 

33. If the necessary equipment is available, immediately after the members of a precinct election commission formed in an electoral precinct on a ship at sea, at a polar station, in a remote or hard-to-reach area or outside the territory of the Russian Federation sign the protocol of voting returns its data shall be transmitted via technical communication channels to the higher election commission. It is mandatory that subsequently, at the earliest opportunity, the first copy of the protocol of voting returns and all electoral documentation, including ballots, be transferred to the higher election commission directly or through diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation abroad or in another manner ensuring preservation of the electoral documentation and its proper delivery.

 

34. The procedure for using a technical system for transmission of information concerning the election, the manner and time of transmission, processing and utilization of this information, including the data of the protocols of voting returns transmitted over technical communication channels in an electronic form, shall be approved by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

35. If, after the protocols of voting returns were signed and their first copies were sent to the territorial election commission, the precinct election commission which had drawn up the protocols detects inaccuracies therein (slip of the pen, misprint or an error in data summation) it shall call a meeting to consider the question of making corrections in the protocols. In its announcement about this meeting to be made in accordance with Clause 2 Article 29 of this Federal Law the precinct election commission shall state that it is going to consider this matter at the meeting. It shall be mandatory that the precinct election commission make this decision known to its non-voting members, observers and other persons who were present when the previously approved protocol was drawn up as well as to media representatives. In this case, the precinct election commission shall draw up a protocol of voting returns on which the note "Corrected" shall be made. This protocol shall be promptly sent to a territorial election commission.

 

ARTICLE 78. Tabulation of Voting Returns by a Territorial Election Commission

 

1. Based on the data of the protocols of voting returns, including the data transmitted via technical communication channels from precinct election commissions set up in the electoral precincts on ships at sea, at polar stations, in remote and hard-to-reach areas or outside the territory of the Russian Federation, after making sure that the protocols have been drawn up correctly, a territorial election commission shall tabulate the voting returns for the given territory by adding up all data contained in the protocols not later than two days after voting day. The data contained in the protocols of precinct election commissions shall be added up directly by the voting members of the territorial election commission. This may be witnessed by the persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law.

 

2. On the basis of the voting returns, a territorial election commission shall draw up Protocols No. 1 and No. 2 indicating:

 

(a) the number of precinct election commissions in the given territory;

 

(b) the number of Protocols of Voting Returns No. 1 and No. 2 received from precinct election commissions on the basis of which the protocols of voting returns are drawn up by the territorial election commission;

 

(c) the summary data for all lines of the Protocols of Voting Returns of precinct election commissions established by Clauses 2 to 4 Article 76 of this Federal Law.

 

3. The Protocols of Voting Returns of a territorial election commission shall be made in triplicate and signed by all voting members of the election commission present indicating the date and time (hours and minutes) when the protocols were drawn up. The following documents shall be attached to each copy of each protocol:

 

(a) the summary table of voting returns in the appropriate territory for the federal or single-mandate electoral district, which includes complete data of all protocols of voting returns from precinct election commissions,

 

(b) the records certifying receipt of ballots by a territorial election commission, transfer of ballots to precinct election commissions, cancellation of unused ballots kept in a territorial election commission, with the indication of the number of such ballots;

 

(c) the records certifying issuance of absentee certificates to voters by a territorial election commission, transfer of absentee certificates to precinct election commissions and cancellation of unused absentee certificates, with the indication of the number of such certificates.

 

4. The summary tables and records shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a territorial election commission. A voting member of a territorial election commission who does not agree with the protocols in full or with certain provisions thereof shall be entitled to attach his/her dissenting opinion to the protocols and in that case an appropriate note shall be made in the protocols.

 

5. Dissenting opinions of members of a territorial election commission, complaints (statements) about violations of this Federal Law received by the territorial election commission, as well as decisions of the territorial election commission made thereon shall be attached to the first copies of the protocols. Certified copies of dissenting opinions, complaints (statements) and decisions of the territorial election commission shall be attached to the second copy of the protocols.

 

6. Once signed by all voting members of a territorial election commission present, the first copies of the protocols of the territorial election commission indicating the date and time (hour and minutes) of their compilation along with the protocols of precinct election commissions and the first copies of the summary tables of voting returns and the records indicated in Clause 3 of this Article shall be immediately forwarded to the respective district election commission and shall not be returned to the territorial election commission.

 

7. The second copies of the protocols of voting returns of a territorial election commission along with the second copies of the summary tables of voting returns, the records indicated in Clause 3 of this Article and the lists of non-voting members of the election commission which drew up the protocol, and persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law who were present when the voting returns were tabulated and the protocols drawn up shall be kept by the secretary of the territorial election commission in a guarded room until the completion of the commission’s work and, if the territorial commission works on a permanent basis, until they are transferred to a district election commission after official publication of the general election results.

 

8. The third copies of the protocols of voting returns of a territorial election commission along with the third copies of the summary tables of voting returns and the records indicated in Clause 3 of this Article shall be given for examination and copying to members of the territorial election commission and non-voting members of higher election commissions, persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law and then these copies shall be displayed for general inspection at the place to be designated by a territorial election commission. Five days after voting day the third copies of the protocols, summary tables of voting returns shall be transferred to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

9. If, after the protocols of voting returns of a territorial election commission and/or the summary table were signed and their first copies were sent to the district election commission, the territorial election commission which had drawn up the protocol, summary tables finds an inaccuracy (including slip of the pen, misprint, error in the summation of the data of protocols of precinct election commissions), it shall call a meeting to consider the question of correcting the protocols and/or the summary tables. In its announcement about this meeting to be made in accordance with Clause 2, Article 29 of this Federal Law the territorial election commission shall indicate that it is going to consider this matter. It shall be mandatory that the territorial commission make its decision known to its non-voting members, observers and other persons who were present when the previously approved protocol was drawn up as well as media representatives. In this case, the territorial election commission shall draw up a protocol of voting returns, summary table on which a note "Corrected" will be made. This protocol, summary table shall be immediately forwarded to the district election commission.

 

10. Upon detection of errors, inconsistencies in the protocol (protocols) of voting returns and when doubts arise as to the correctness of the protocol (protocols) received from precinct election commissions the territorial election commission may resolve that the precinct election commission carry out vote recounting or that the given territorial commission itself recount the votes cast by voters in the given electoral precinct.

 

11. Votes shall be recounted in the presence of a voting member (members) of the territorial election commission by the election commission which drew up and approved the protocol being verified or by the commission that resolved that votes be recounted. The election commission which is to recount votes shall inform about the recounting the members of the given precinct election commission, registered candidates, or their agents and persons indicated in Clause 2 Article 29 of this Federal Law, observers, foreign (international) observers who shall be entitled to be present at vote recounting. On the basis of the results of vote recounting the election commission which carried out the recounting shall draw up a protocol of voting returns on which a note "Recounting of votes" shall be made. If the protocol is drawn up by a precinct election commission, it shall be immediately forwarded to the territorial election commission.

 

ARTICLE 79. Determination of the Election Results for a Single-Mandate Electoral District and Tabulation of Voting Returns for the Federal Electoral District

 

1. Not later than four days after voting day, a district election commission shall determine the election results for the single-mandate electoral district and tabulate the voting returns for the federal electoral district in the territory of the given single-mandate electoral district by adding up the data contained in the first copies of the protocols of voting returns submitted by territorial election commissions. Before doing this a district election commission shall check the protocols to make sure that they have been drawn up correctly The data contained in the protocols of territorial election commissions shall be added up by the voting members of the district election commission.

 

2. A district electoral commission shall declare the election in the given single-mandate electoral district not to have taken place if:

 

(a) less than 25 per cent of the voters included on the voter lists have taken part in the election by the end of the voting time (the number of voters who have taken part in the voting shall be determined by adding up the numbers in lines 3, 5 and 6 of Protocols No. 1 of Voting Returns for a single-mandate electoral district);

 

(b) the number of votes cast by voters for the candidate who has polled a larger number of votes than the other candidate (candidates) is less than the number of votes cast against all candidates.

 

3. A district electoral commission shall declare the election results for the single-mandate electoral district null and void:

 

(a) if violations of this Federal Law committed during the voting or tabulation of voting returns do not allow the results of the expression of the voters’ will to be reliably determined;

 

(b) if the number of electoral precincts where they have been declared null and void is not less than one-fourth of the total number of electoral precincts formed in the territory of the given single-mandate electoral district;

 

(c) by a court decision.

 

4. Violations of this Federal Law which were conducive to the election of registered candidates who have not been elected according to voting returns or which aimed to encourage or encouraged voters to vote for registered candidates who have not been elected according to voting returns cannot serve as grounds for declaring the election null and void.

 

5. On the basis of Protocols No. 1 of Voting Returns of territorial election commissions a district election commission shall draw up Protocol No. 1 of the Election Results for the single-mandate electoral district, wherein the following data shall be included:

 

(a) the number of territorial election commissions in the single-mandate electoral district;

 

(b) the number of Protocols No. 1 of the territorial election commissions on basis of which this protocol has been drawn up;

 

(c) the summary data for the single-mandate electoral district with regard to all lines of Protocols No. 1 of Voting Returns of the territorial election commissions;

 

(d) the first, middle and last name of the registered candidate who was elected deputy.

 

6. A candidate shall be elected in a single-mandate electoral district if he/she polls the largest number of votes cast by voters who took part in the voting. The number of votes of voters who took part in the voting shall be determined from the number of standard ballots found in the ballot boxes. If several candidates have received the same number of votes, the candidates who was registered earlier shall be declared elected.

 

7. On the basis of Protocols No. 2 of the territorial election commissions, a district election commission shall draw up Protocol No. 2 of Voting Returns for the federal electoral district in the territory of the single-mandate electoral district, wherein the following data shall be included:

 

(a) the number of territorial election commissions in the single-mandate district;

 

(b) the number of Protocols No. 2 of Voting Returns of territorial election commissions on basis of which this protocol has been drawn up;

 

(c) the summary data for the electoral district with regard to all lines of Protocols No. 2 of Voting Returns of the territorial election commissions.

 

8. Protocols of voting returns and election results shall be made up by a district election commission in triplicate and shall be signed by all voting members of the district election commission present, indicating the date and time (hours and minutes) when they were drawn up. The following documents shall be attached to each copy of the appropriate protocol:

 

(a) the summary table of the election results for the single-mandate electoral district and the voting returns for the federal electoral district, which shall include complete data of the protocols of voting returns received from the territorial election commissions;

 

(b) records certifying receipt of ballots by a district election commission, transfer of ballots to territorial and precinct election commissions, cancellation of unused ballots kept in a district election commission, the said records indicating the number of such ballots;

 

(c) records certifying issuance of absentee certificates to territorial election commissions to territorial election commissions and cancellation of unused absentee certificates, with the indication of the number of such certificates.

 

9. The summary tables and records shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of a district election commission. A voting member of a district election commission who does not agree with the protocols in full or with certain provisions thereof shall be entitled to attach his/her dissenting opinion to the protocols and an appropriate note to this effect shall be made therein.

 

10. Dissenting opinions of members of a district election commission, complaints (statements) about violations of this Federal Law received by the given district election commission, as well as decisions taken thereon shall be attached to the first copies of the protocols. Certified copies of dissenting opinions, complaints (statements) and decisions of the district election commission shall be attached to the second copy of the protocols.

 

11. The first copies of each protocol and the first copies of the corresponding summary tables and records indicated in Clause 8 of this Article, when signed, shall be immediately forwarded to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and shall not be returned to the district election commission.

 

12. The second copies of the protocols of a district election commission along with the second copies of the summary tables of voting returns and election results, records indicated in Clause 8 of this Article, lists of non-voting members of the district election commission, persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law who were present when the voting returns were tabulated and election results determined and other documentation provided for by this Federal Law shall be kept by the secretary of the district election commission until the official publication of the general election results and, after this publication, shall be transferred to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

13. The third copies of the protocols, the third copies of the summary tables and records indicated in Clause 8 of this Article shall be given for examination and copying to members of the district election commission, non-voting members of higher election commissions, persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law and shall be displayed for general public at the place to be designated by a district election commission. Nine days after voting day the third copies of the protocols, summary tables and records shall be transferred to the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation.

 

14. If, after the protocol of voting returns, election results of a district election commission and/or the summary table were signed and their first copies were sent to Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the district election commission which had drawn up the protocol, summary tables finds an inaccuracy (including slip of the pen, misprint, error in the summation of the data of protocols of territorial election commissions), it shall call a meeting to consider the question of correcting the protocols and/or the summary tables. In its announcement about this meeting to be made in accordance with Clause 2 Article 29 of this Federal Law the district election commission shall indicate that it is going to consider this matter at the meeting. It shall be mandatory that the commission make its decision known to its non-voting members, observers and other persons who were present when the previously approved protocol was drawn up as well as to media representatives. In this case, the district election commission shall draw up a protocol of voting returns, election results and/or a summary table on which a note "Corrected" shall be made. The said protocol, summary table shall be immediately forwarded to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

15. Upon detection of errors, inconsistencies in the protocols of voting returns and when doubts arise as to the correctness of the protocols received from lower election commissions a district election commission may resolve that a precinct or a territorial election commission carry out vote recounting or that the district election commission itself recount the votes in the corresponding electoral precinct, territory.

 

16. In the case indicated in Clause 15 of this Article votes shall be recounted in the presence of a voting member (voting members) of the district election commission by the election commission which drew up and approved the protocol being verified or by a higher (territorial or district) election commission. The election commission which is to recount votes shall inform about the recounting members of the appropriate election commission, registered candidates, or their agents, other persons indicated in Clause 2 Article 29 of this Federal Law, who shall be entitled to be present at vote recounting. On the basis of the results of vote recounting the election commission which carried out the recounting shall draw up a protocol of voting returns on which a note "Recounting of votes" shall be made. If the protocol is drawn up by a lower election commission, it shall be immediately forwarded to the district election commission.

 

ARTICLE 80. Determination of Election Results for the Federal Electoral District

 

1. On the basis of the data contained in the first copies of Protocols No. 2 of Voting Returns received directly from the district election commissions, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, having checked the protocols to make sure that they are drawn up correctly, shall determine the election results for the federal electoral district by adding up the data contained in the protocols. The data contained in the protocols of district election commissions shall be added up directly by the voting members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

2. The number of voters who took part in the voting shall be determined from the number of standard ballots found in the ballot boxes.

 

3. If not less than two federal lists of candidates each of which has received five and more percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district have together polled a total of more than 50 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting, these federal lists of candidates shall be included in the distribution of deputy mandates. In this case, the federal lists of candidates which have received less than 5 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district shall be excluded from the distribution of deputy mandates in the federal electoral district.

 

4. If the federal lists of candidates each of which has received 5 and more percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district have together have polled a total of 50 or less than 50 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district, the federal lists of candidates each of which has polled 5 percent and more than 5 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district shall be included in the distribution of deputy mandates along with federal lists of candidates, in the order of the decreasing number of votes, which have polled less than 5 but more than 3 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district, up to a point where the total number of votes of voters cast for the federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy mandates exceeds 50 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting.

 

5. If one federal list of candidates has polled more than 50 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district and the other federal lists of candidates have received less than 5 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district, the federal list of candidates which has received the maximum number of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district among the federal lists which have received less than five percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district shall be also included in the distribution of deputy mandates.

 

6. The federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy mandates shall receive mandates in accordance with a procedure set forth in Article 82 of this Federal Law. Before this procedure is applied deputies elected to the State Duma in single-mandate electoral districts shall be excluded from each federal list of candidates.

 

7. Deputy mandates received by the federal list of candidates shall, first of all, be awarded to registered candidates in the federal part of the federal list of candidates. The remaining deputy mandates shall be awarded to registered candidates from the regional groups, with each of these groups receiving a number of the remaining deputy mandates proportional to the number of votes cast for the federal list of candidates in the given Subject of the Russian Federation or a group of Subjects of the Russian Federation. This number of deputy mandates shall be determined as provided by Article 82 of this Federal Law.

 

8. Deputy mandates shall be distributed among the candidates on the federal list of candidates of an electoral association, electoral bloc in the order in which the candidates are arranged on this list as established when the given list was registered by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, this order being regarded (within the federal part of the federal list of candidates and within each regional group of candidates) as the order of priority for receiving the mandates.

 

9. A registered candidate who is entitled to a deputy mandate in accordance with his/her place on the federal list of candidates may refuse to accept a deputy mandate. An statement of refusal shall not be recalled. In this case, the mandate shall be given to the next registered candidate on the same list as provided by Clause 8 Article 82 of this Federal Law. If the refusing candidate is among the first three candidates in the federal part of the federal list of candidates, the provisions of Clause 3 Article 88 of this Federal Laws shall apply.

 

10. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall draw up a protocol of distribution of deputy mandates in the federal electoral district between electoral associations, electoral blocs, wherein the following data shall be included:

 

(a) the number of district election commissions in the Russian Federation;

 

(b) the number of protocols of district election commissions on which this protocol is based;

 

(c) the summary data for the whole of the Russian Federation with regard to all items of Protocols No.2 of Voting Returns of district election commissions;

 

(d) the names of electoral associations, electoral blocs whose federal lists of candidates have been included in the distribution of deputy mandates and the number of mandates due to each of them;

 

(e) the names of the regional groups of candidates on the federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy mandates and the number of mandates due to each of them;

 

(f) the first, middle and last name of the elected deputies from each federal list of candidates.

 

11. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall declare the election in the federal electoral district not to have taken place if:

 

(a) less than 25 per cent of the voters on the voter lists have taken part in the election in the federal electoral district;

 

 (b) none of the federal lists of candidates has received 5 percent or more than 5 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district;

 

(c) the federal lists of candidates that may be included in the distribution of deputy mandates in accordance with Clauses 3 and 4 of this Article have together received a total of less than 50 percent of votes of voters who took part in the voting in the federal electoral district.

 

12. The Central Election Commission shall declare the voting returns for the federal electoral district null and void:

 

(a) if violations committed during the voting or tabulation of voting returns do not allow the results of the expression of the voters’ will to be reliably determined;

 

(b) if the number of electoral precincts where the voting returns for the federal electoral district have been declared null and void is not less than one-fourth of the total number of electoral precincts or if the voting returns have been declared null and void in not less than one-third of electoral districts;

 

(c) by a court decision.

 

13. The election shall not be declared null and void because of violations of this Federal Law which aimed to facilitate election of federal lists of candidates or to encourage or encouraged voters to vote for the federal lists of candidates that have not taken part in the distribution of deputy mandates.

 

14. The protocol of election results for the federal electoral district shall be drawn up by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and signed by all present voting members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Attached to the protocol shall be the summary table of election results for the Federal electoral district including the complete data of all protocols of voting returns received from the district election commissions.

 

15. A voting member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation who does not agree with the protocol in full or with certain provisions thereof shall be entitled to attach his/her dissenting opinion to the protocol and an appropriate note to this effect shall be made therein. Complaints (statements) about violations of this Federal Law and decisions taken thereon shall also be attached to the protocol.

 

16. Certified copies of the protocol and of the summary table shall be circulated to all members of the Central Election Commission, persons indicated in Clause 1 Article 29 of this Federal Law, media representatives who were present when the election results were determined for the federal electoral district.

 

17. If, after the protocol of distribution of deputy mandates for the federal electoral district between the federal lists of candidates and/or the summary table have been signed, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation finds an inaccuracy in these documents (including a slip of the pen, misprint, error in the summation of the data of protocols of precinct election commissions), the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall call a meeting to consider the question of correcting the protocol and/or the summary table. In its announcement about this meeting to be made in accordance with Clause 2 Article 29 of this Federal Law the Central Election Commission shall indicate that it is going to consider this matter at the meeting. It shall be mandatory that the Central Election Commission make its decision known to its non-voting members, other persons who were present when the previously approved protocol was drawn up as well as to media representatives.

 

18. Upon detection of errors, inconsistencies in the protocols of voting returns and when doubts arise as to the correctness of the protocols received from district election commissions the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may resolve that votes be recounted in the given electoral precinct, territory, district.

 

19. In the case indicated in Clause 18 of this Article votes shall be recounted in the presence of a voting member (members) of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation by the election commission which drew up and approved the protocol of voting returns which is to be verified or by a higher election commission or the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The election commission which is to recount votes cast by voters shall inform about the recounting members of the given election commission, registered candidates or their agents, other persons indicated in Clause 5 Article 29 of this Federal Law, who shall be entitled to be present at vote recounting. On the basis of the results of vote recounting the election commission which carried out the recounting shall draw up a protocol of voting returns, protocol of election results whereon a note "Votes recounted" shall be made.

 

ARTICLE 81. Determination of the General Results of the Election

 

1. On the basis of the protocol of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation certifying the distribution of deputy mandates between electoral associations, electoral blocs in the federal electoral district and on the basis of Protocols No. 1 of district election commissions the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall, within two weeks after voting day, determine the general results of the election.

 

2. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall declare the election in a single-mandate electoral district null and void if the violations committed in the course of voting or determination of voting returns, general election results do not make it possible reliably to establish the results of the expression of the voters’ will.

 

ARTICLE 82. Methodology for Proportional Distribution of Deputy Mandates

 

1. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall calculate the sum total of votes cast by voters in the federal electoral district for federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy mandates in accordance with the rules set forth in Clauses 3 to 5 of Article 80 of this Federal Law. This sum total of votes shall be divided by 225 - the number of deputy mandates to be distributed in the federal electoral district. The result shall be the first electoral quotient that shall be used during the distribution of mandates between the federal lists of candidates.

 

2. After this, the number of votes of voters polled by each federal list of candidates included in the distribution of deputy mandates shall be divided by the first electoral quotient. The integer part of the number obtained as a result of such division shall represent the number of deputy mandates to be received by the given federal list of candidates as a result of the primary distribution of mandates.

 

3. If, after performance of the operations indicated in Clause 2 of this Article, there remain undistributed mandates, a secondary distribution shall be made. The federal lists of candidates, which have the largest fractional part of the number obtained as a result of division performed in conformity with Clause 2 of this Article shall each receive one of the undistributed deputy mandates. In case the fractional parts are equal, preference shall be given to the federal list of candidates which has polled more votes.

 

4. Then, deputy mandates shall be distributed inside each federal list of candidates - between regional groups of candidates and the federal part of the federal list (if any). At the first stage of this distribution, the number of registered candidates included in the federal part of the federal list shall be determined. These registered candidates shall be the first to receive deputy mandates according to their position on the federal list of candidates.

 

5. If, after deputy mandates have been awarded to registered candidates from the federal part of the federal list, there remain deputy mandates due to the given federal list of candidates, they shall be distributed inside the federal list of candidates between the regional groups of candidates as follows. The sum total of votes of voters cast for a federal list of candidates in Subjects of the Russian Federation (groups of Subjects of the Russian Federation) corresponding to the regional groups of candidates into which the federal list of candidates was divided (hereafter "voters’ votes cast for regional groups of candidates") shall be divided by the number of deputy mandates to be distributed between the regional groups of candidates of the given federal list of candidates. The result of the division shall be the second electoral quotient of the given federal list of candidates, which shall be used in the distribution of deputy mandates between the regional groups of candidates of the given list.

 

6. Then, the number of voters’ votes cast for each regional group of candidates shall be divided by the second electoral quotient of the given federal list of candidates. The integer part of the number obtained as a result of such division shall represent the number of deputy mandates to be received by the appropriate regional group of candidates as a result of the primary distribution of deputy mandates inside the given federal list of candidates.

 

7. If, after performance of the operations indicated in Clause 6 of this Article, there remain undistributed deputy mandates due to the federal list of candidates, the secondary distribution of the deputy mandates shall be carried out between the regional groups of this federal list of candidates. Undistributed deputy mandates shall be awarded, one by one, to the regional groups of candidates which have the largest fractional part of the number obtained as a result of the division which was carried out in accordance with Clause 6 of this Article. In the event of the equality of the fractional parts preference shall be given to the regional group of candidates which has a larger number of votes used in the calculations under Clause 6 of this Article.

 

8. If, in the course of the distribution of deputy mandates inside a federal list of candidates, one of or several regional groups are found to lack the required number of registered candidates, the deputy mandates that remain undistributed shall be subjected to additional distribution between the regional groups of the same federal list of candidates in which there are candidates who have not received deputy mandates. If, as of the time of additional distribution, there are regional groups that have not received deputy mandates when the mandates were distributed in accordance with the values of the frictional parts in accordance with Clause 7 of this Article and among these regional groups there are groups which include registered candidates who have not yet received deputy mandates, one mandate shall be awarded to each of the said regional groups of candidates. The deputy mandates shall be awarded in the same order (in accordance with the value of the frictional parts) to be determined on the basis of the second electoral quotient that was initially calculated. If, in the course of additional distribution, there remain no regional groups of candidates that have received no deputy mandates in accordance with the aforementioned procedure but some deputy mandates still remain undistributed, these deputy mandates shall be awarded, one by one, to the regional groups of candidates with the smallest coefficient of additional distribution to be calculated for each of the said regional groups. The coefficient of additional distribution for each regional group of candidates shall be calculated by dividing the number of deputy mandates that were already awarded to the given regional group of candidates by the number of votes received by this regional group of candidates. In the event of the equality of the said coefficient the deputy mandates shall be awarded to the regional group of candidates which polled the largest number of votes. If, after such distribution, the number of deputy mandates subject to additional distribution, exceeds the number of the regional groups of candidates that are eligible to receive them, the distribution procedure shall be repeated as many times as necessary, with the said coefficient to be calculated anew each time. Additional distribution shall be also carried out in other cases provided by this Federal Law.

 

9. If, after distribution of deputy mandates between the federal lists carried out in accordance with Clauses 1, 2 and 3 of this Article, one or more deputy mandates have to be additionally distributed between all or some federal lists of candidates, distribution of the deputy mandates between the federal lists of candidates shall be carried out in accordance with an additional distribution procedure set forth in Clause 8 of this Article. In this case, deputy mandates shall be first awarded to the federal lists of candidates which received no deputy mandates when deputy mandates were distributed in accordance with the value of the fractional parts and then deputy mandates shall be awarded in accordance with the coefficient of additional distribution of deputy mandates to be calculated for each federal list of candidates by dividing the total number of deputy mandates that were already received by the given federal list by the number of votes polled by the list. When given to a federal list of candidates the deputy mandates shall be awarded to candidates from the federal part of the list of candidates who have not received a deputy mandate and, in the absence of such candidates, to candidates from the regional group of candidates of the given federal list of candidates, in accordance with the additional distribution procedure set forth in Clause 8 of this Article. Only those federal lists of candidates shall be eligible for participation in the additional distribution which have candidates who have not received deputy mandates.

 

10. If, after the initial distribution of deputy mandates, a registered candidate refused to accept a mandate or a registered candidate did not resign responsibilities incompatible with the status of a deputy and if a deputy mandate became vacant because of other reasons, this mandate shall be awarded to a registered candidate from the same federal list of candidates, unless provided otherwise by this Federal Law. The deputy mandate shall be awarded to the first of the registered candidates who have not received deputy mandates in the same regional group of candidates (the federal part) of the federal list of candidates which included the candidate whose mandate became vacant. If there are no candidates in the given regional group of candidates (in the federal part) who have not received deputy mandates, the vacant mandate shall be distributed between the other regional groups of candidates of the same federal list of candidates in accordance with the additional distribution procedure set forth in Clause 8 of this Article.

 

11. If, in the course of the distribution of deputy mandates inside a federal list of candidates, there remain no registered candidates who have not received deputy mandates, the undistributed deputy mandates shall remain vacant until the next election of deputies of the State Duma.

 

ARTICLE 83. Repeat Elections

 

1. If the election in some electoral district has been declared not to have taken place or null and void on the grounds indicated in Articles 79 to 81 of this Federal Law, or if the results thereof were nullified according to Clause 4 Article 84 of this Federal Law, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall call a repeat election to be held in accordance with a procedure and within time limits established by this Federal Law. The voting in the repeat election shall be held not later than four months after the original election or not later than three months after the election was declared not to have taken place or null and void. In the event of a repeat election the periods of electoral actions may be reduced, however not more than by one-third, by a decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The announcement about a repeat election shall be published in the mass media not later than five days after an appropriate decision was taken. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may order that the powers of territorial and precinct election commissions be prolonged or that, in such cases, new district, territorial and precinct election commissions be formed in accordance with a procedure established by Articles 20 and 21 of this Federal Law. If the repeat election in a single-mandate electoral district has been declared not to have taken place because of the circumstances indicated in Clause 2 Article 79 of this Federal Law, the voting in the next repeat election in this single-mandate electoral district shall be conducted within a year of the last repeat election.

 

2. A repeat election shall not be called and conducted if, as a result of this election, a deputy of the State Duma cannot be elected for a term exceeding one year until the end of the constitutional period for which the State Duma of the corresponding convocation has been elected.

 

3. When a repeat election is to be held to fill a vacant deputy mandate a deputy of the State Duma shall not be nominated as a candidate.

 

ARTICLE 84. Registration of Elected Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. Having signed the protocol of election results the appropriate election commission shall promptly notify about this the registered candidate elected to the State Duma, after which the candidate shall, within five days, present to the appropriate election commission a copy of the order (other document) relieving him/her of the duties incompatible with the status of a deputy of the State Duma or copies of the documents certifying that, within three days, he/she has filed an application to be relived of such duties.

 

2. If a registered candidate elected as a result of the distribution of deputy mandates on the federal list of candidates of an electoral association, electoral bloc fails to comply with the requirements of Clause 1 of this Article, he/she shall be excluded from the federal list of candidates and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall transfer his/her deputy mandate to another registered candidate on the same federal list of candidates in accordance with a procedure set forth in Clauses 6 and 9 Article 82 of this Federal Law.

 

3. If a registered candidate who has not resigned the responsibilities incompatible with the status of a deputy of the State Duma occupied one of the top three places in the federal part of the federal list of candidates of an electoral association, electoral bloc, the federal list of candidates of the electoral association, electoral bloc which nominated this deputy shall lose the deputy mandate. In this case, the vacant mandate shall be transferred to another electoral association, electoral bloc in accordance with the procedure for additional distribution of deputy mandates specified in Clause 9 Article 82 of this Federal Law. This provision shall not apply to candidates who occupied the state offices of Chairman or Deputy Chairmen of the Government of the Russian Federation when voting was conducted.

 

4. If a registered candidate elected in a single-mandate electoral district fails to comply with the requirements of Clause 1 of this Article, the Central Election Commission shall annul the election results in this electoral district and shall announce a repeat election. If a candidate fails to comply with the requirements of Clause 1 of this Article without compelling reasons indicated in Clause 16 Article 51 and Clause 3 Article 88 of this Federal Law and, as a result of this, a repeat election have been announced, this candidate shall fully compensate for the federal budget funds to be spent by appropriate election commissions on the conduct of the repeat election.

 

5. After official publication of the general election results and after a registered candidate has presented a copy of the order (other document) relieving him/her of the duties incompatible with the status of a deputy of the State Duma the appropriate election commission shall register the elected deputy of the State Duma and issue a certificate of election to the deputy.

 

ARTICLE 85. Publication of the Voting Returns and the Results of the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

 

1. Voting returns for each electoral precinct, territory, election results for an electoral district within the scope of data contained in the protocols of appropriate election commissions and election commissions of the next lower level shall be made available for examination to voters, registered candidates, agents of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, their authorized representatives, observer, foreign (international) observers, media representatives on request immediately after the protocols of voting returns, election results have been signed by the election commission from which these data were requested. The appropriate election commission shall provide the said data.

 

2. District election commissions, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall provide the general data about election results in electoral districts to the mass media within one day after the election results have been determined.

 

3. A district election commission or the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation shall officially publish in the mass media indicated in Clause 3 Article 55 of this Federal Law the data contained in Protocols No. 1 and No. 2 of all precinct election commissions of the given single-mandate electoral district not later than two weeks after voting day. Subject to official publication shall be all numerical data contained in the protocols of each precinct election commission of the district. If vote recounting was carried out in some electoral precincts, territories and the results of the recounting were received by the district election commission past this deadline, the district election commission shall officially publish the corrected data within a week after it has taken a decision based on these data.

 

4. The general election results as well as the data concerning the number of votes received by each registered candidate (federal list of candidates), the number of votes cast against all candidates (federal lists of candidates) shall be officially published by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than three weeks after voting day. Within the same period, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall officially publish the complete data of Protocols No. 1 and No. 2 of all district election commissions in its official bulletin.

 

5. Within two months after voting day, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall officially publish in its bulletin the information about the voting returns, including complete data of the protocols of all election commissions with the exception of precinct commissions, as well as the information about all elected deputies as provided by Clause 5 Article 71 of this Federal Law.

 

ARTICLE 86. Use of the State Automated Information System

 

1. The state automated information system or its separate technical facilities may be used in the election of deputies of the State Duma, specifically, in the registration of voters, compilation of voter lists, tabulation of voting returns and determination of election results for reception, transmission and processing of information. The requirements to the state automated information system and the procedure for its use shall be established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

2. If the appropriate equipment is available, immediately after the protocol of voting returns, protocol of election results has been signed its data shall be transmitted in an electronic form to the higher election commission via technical communication channels of the state automated information system, with a mandatory provision that the first copy of the protocol of voting returns, protocol of election results shall be subsequently submitted to the higher election commission.

 

3. The appropriate election commission shall form a group consisting of its voting and non-voting members to supervise the use of the state automated information system or its separate technical facilities. This supervisory group shall check the operational readiness of the automation units; exercise control over correct entry of data from the protocols of election commissions, correct re-entry or correction of entered data subject to a decision of the election commission; monitor compliance with the requirements of this Federal Law, directives and other documents of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation concerning the use of the state automated information system, including ballot scanners or other technical facilities for vote counting; check mandatory documentation of the actions prescribed by the rules and plans of election commissions (entries in the journal, acts, records, computer printouts certified by the signatures of the supervisory group members). The supervisory group may engage specialists in the field of automated data processing systems.

 

4. All members of the election commission, observers shall have the right to examine any information entered into and retrieved from the state automated information system.

 

5. Voting members of the commission and non-voting members of the commission who are included in the supervisory group shall have the same rights, such as the right to examine any information transmitted to the given election commission via technical communication channels, inspect the technical documentation of the state automated information system, require explanations of their actions from the operating personnel of the state automated information system, compare the results of the manual and automated data processing, receive on machine readable carriers the data on the protocols of voting returns, election results and appropriate summary tables. If any irregularities or unlawful actions are discovered on the part of the operating personnel of this system or observers, the supervisory group shall inform about such irregularities and actions the chairman of the election commission and shall make proposals aimed at their removal. The results of the checkups carried out by the supervisory group shall be recorded in the documentation of the information center (service) of the given election commission.

 

6. From the beginning of voting and up to the time when the appropriate election commission signs the protocol of voting returns, election results, the state automated information system in which the data are transmitted form lower election commissions to higher election commissions shall be used for monitoring the progress and results of voting by means of transmission of data from lower election commissions to higher election commissions. During this period transmission of any data from the information centers of higher election commissions to the information centers of lower election commissions shall be prohibited, except for the signals acknowledging receipt of information.

 

7. the data about the progress of voting and results thereof received through the state automated information system shall be regarded as preliminary information of no legal significance.

 

8. The available computer printout containing data entered into the state automated information system shall be attached to the protocol of the election commission kept by the secretary of the election commission. The authenticity of the data contained in the computer printout shall be certified by the signatures of members of the group supervising the use of the state automated information system and the person responsible for data entry.

 

9. The data concerning the voter turnout, preliminary and final voting returns, election results entered into the state automated information system shall be readily accessible (in the "read only" mode) to the users of the public information-communication network in accordance with a procedure established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

ARTICLE 87. Safekeeping of Electoral Documentation

 

1. Documents of precinct election commissions (including ballots) and territorial election commissions shall be kept in guarded rooms and shall be handed over to election commissions of the next higher level not later than the date on which the powers of precinct, territorial commissions expire.

 

2. Documents of district election commissions, election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation together with the documents which have been transferred to them for safekeeping from lower election commissions shall be kept by these commissions for periods established by Russian Federation law.

 

3. Safekeeping periods for ballots, absentee certificates, voter lists shall be not less than one year after the day of official publication of the election results, and for protocols of voting returns, election results and summary tables of election commissions - not less than one year after the day on which the decision to call the next main election of deputies of the State Duma was officially published. Financial reports of election commissions, final financial reports of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be kept for not less than one year after the day on which the decision to call the next main election of the State Duma deputies was officially published.

 

4. Ballots, absentee certificates, lists of voters, protocols of voting returns, election results of election commissions and the documents attached thereto, summary tables, financial reports of election commissions, final financial reports of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs which registered federal lists of candidates shall be documents subject to strict accountability. The responsibility for the preservation of electoral documentation shall rest with the chairman (deputy chairman) and the secretary of the appropriate election commission until the documentation is handed over to the higher election commission or to the archives.

 

CHAPTER XI. FILLING OF VACANCIES CREATED BY DEPUTIES

 

ARTICLE 88. Filling of a Vacancy Created by a Deputy Elected on a Federal List

 

1. If a deputy elected through the distribution of deputy mandates between federal lists of candidates of electoral associations, electoral blocs vacates office before its term expires, the Central Election Commission shall transfer his/her mandate to a candidate on the same federal list of candidates in accordance with the methods specified in Clause 6 Article 82 of this Federal Law.

 

2. A resolution to terminate powers of a deputy of the State Duma elected as a result of the distribution of deputy mandates between federal lists of candidates of electoral associations, electoral blocs on the grounds established by a federal law shall be taken by the State Duma within ten days after such grounds arise or, in the event of an interruption in the sessions of the State Duma, within ten days after their resumption. Powers of a deputy of the State Duma shall also be terminated if the deputy submits a written application giving up his/her powers, from the date of the said application.

 

3. Clause 1 of this Article shall not apply to deputies who vacate office without any compelling reasons within a period less than one year from the day of the election of deputies of the State Duma, if these deputies occupied one of the top three places in the federal part of the federal list of candidates at the time the federal list of candidates was certified. In this case, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall transfer the deputy mandate to another federal list of candidates among those which participated in the distribution of deputy mandates in the State Duma of the given convocation in accordance with Clause 9 Article 82 of this Federal Law. The circumstances compelling a deputy to vacate a deputy mandate shall be appointment to a government office specified by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the circumstances indicated in Clause 16 Article 51 of this Federal Law.

 

4. The federal list of candidates which lost a deputy mandate in accidence with Clause 3 of this Article shall not be entitled to receive any deputy mandates vacated as a result of early withdrawal of candidates who occupied one of the top three places in the federal .part of federal lists of candidates.

 

5. If there are no more registered candidates on the federal list of candidates, the vacancy shall remain unfilled until the next main elections to the State Duma.

 

ARTICLE 89. Filling of a Vacancy Created by a Deputy Elected in a Single-Mandate Electoral District

 

1. A resolution to terminate powers of a deputy of the State Duma elected in a single-mandate electoral district on the grounds established by a federal law shall be taken by the State Duma within ten days after such grounds arise or, in the event of an interruption in its sessions, within ten days after their resumption. If a deputy elected in a single-mandate electoral district submits a written statement giving up his/her powers, such powers shall be terminated from the date of the said statement.

 

2. Within a month from the day on which a deputy’s vacancy is created, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall call a by-election to elect a deputy of the State Duma in the given single-mandate electoral district. The voting in such election shall be held within the time limits established in Clause 2 Article 5 of this Federal law.

 

3. A by-election shall not be announced and held if, as a result of this election, a deputy of the State Duma cannot be elected for a term exceeding one year before expiration of the constitutional term for which the State Duma of the given convocation was elected. If a by-election held in a single-mandate electoral district was declared not to have taken place because of the circumstances indicated in Clause 2 Article 79 of this Federal Law, voting in the repeat by-election may be conducted not later than a year after the last by-election. The by-election shall be announced not later than four and earlier than five months before voting day.

 

4. When a by-election is to be held to fill a deputy vacancy in the State Duma, a deputy of the State Duma shall not run as a candidate.

 

5. In a by-election candidates in a single-mandate electoral district shall be nominated and registered and other electoral actions shall be performed in accordance with this Federal Law.

 

CHAPTER XII. LODGING OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT VIOLATIONS OF ELECTORAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATION OF ELECTORAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS

 

ARTICLE 90. Appealing Decisions and Actions (Inaction) Which Violate Electoral Rights of Citizens

 

1. Decisions and actions (inaction) which violate electoral rights of citizens may be appealed by voters, candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, their agents, other public associations, agents of registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs, observers and election commissions. If the violations indicated in a complaint (complaints) affect a large number of citizens or if the violation has assumed a special public significance owing to some other circumstances, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may apply to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, which shall consider the substance of the complaint.

 

2. Decisions and actions (inaction) of bodies of state power, bodies of local self-government, public associations and officials as well as decisions and actions (inaction) of electoral commissions and their officials, which violate electoral rights of citizens of the Russian Federation, may be appealed in a court.

 

3. Decisions and actions (inaction) of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and its officials shall be appealed in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation; decisions and actions (inaction) of election commissions of Subjects of the Russian Federation, district election commissions and decisions, actions (inaction) of officials of these election commissions shall be appealed in a court of the Subject of the Russian Federation; decisions and actions (inaction) of other election commissions shall be appealed in raion courts.

 

4. In cases provided by this Federal Law a court may reverse the decision of an election commission concerning voting and election results, other decisions of an election commission as well.

 

5. If a decision of an election commission has been reversed by a court, a new decision on the substance of the matter shall be taken by the election commission whose decision was reversed or by a higher election commission on the basis of a court decision. Court decisions shall be binding on the election commissions concerned.

 

6. Consideration by a court of an appeal against the decision of an election commission concerning voting returns, election results as well as an investigation to check the facts relating to violation of this Federal Law shall not be regarded as a breach of immunity of a registered candidate who was declared elected in accordance with applicable Russian Federation law. A registered candidate declared elected shall not refuse to testify in an administrative, civil or criminal case initiated in connection with a complaint about violation of electoral rights of citizens in the course of his/her election. Consideration by a court of an appeal against a decision of an election commission concerning voting results, election results or the conduct of a preliminary investigation shall not require the Duma’s consent to the suspension of the immunity of a registered candidate who has been declared elected.

 

7. Decisions and actions (inaction) of election commissions and their officials violating electoral rights of citizens may be appealed in a higher election commission.

 

8. When examining cases which involve refusal of registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates, withdrawal of registration of a registered candidate, federal list of candidates, when considering application to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for declaring the election of a registered candidate, federal list of candidates null and void an election commission shall be entitled to require and receive documents and materials, hear explanations of officials and citizens.

 

9. The higher election commission shall be entitled to reverse the decision of a lower election commission and order it to consider the matter again or take a decision on the substance of a complaint or appeal.

 

10. Preliminary application to a higher election commission shall not be an obligatory condition for application to a court.

 

11. If a complaint has been accepted for consideration by a court and a similar complaint was lodged with an election commission by the persons made the first complaint, the given election commission shall suspend consideration of the complaint until the court decision comes into legal force. The court shall inform the election commission about the receipt of the complaint and about entry into legal force of the court decision taken upon its consideration.

 

12. Decisions in respect of complaints received in the course of an election campaign shall be taken within five days but not later than a day before voting day or, on voting day or the next day, immediately. If the facts mentioned in complaints require additional verification, decisions in respect of such complaints shall be taken within ten days. In respect of appeals against a decision of an election commission concerning voting results, election results, a court shall adopt a decision within two months from the day on which the appeal was filed.

 

13. Courts and public prosecutor’s offices shall organize their work (including on days-off) so as to ensure prompt consideration of complaints within the periods prescribed by this Federal Law.

 

ARTICLE 91. Grounds for a Refusal to Register a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates and for Annulment of a Decision to Register a Candidate, Federal List of Candidates

 

1. If a candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc violates this Federal Law, the appropriate election commission shall be entitled to make a warning to this candidate, registered candidates, electoral association, electoral bloc which shall be made known to voters through the mass media or by some other method. An election commission may take a decision to refuse registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates, to annul the decision to register a candidate, federal list of candidates, to declare election of a candidate, federal list of candidates null and void, to annul the decision concerning voting returns, election results even if such a warning was not issued.

 

2. An election commission may refuse registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates if:

 

(a) it has been established that the information provided by a candidate, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc in accordance with this Federal Law are not accurate and their inaccuracy is essential;

 

(b) it has been established that election campaigning was conducted by a candidate prior to his/her registration by a district election commission, by an electoral association, electoral bloc prior to the registration of its federal list of candidates by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation;

 

(c) it has been established that voters were bribed i.e., a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, its authorized representative has committed an act prohibited by Clause 2 Article 60 of this Federal Law;

 

(d) gross or repeated violations have been committed of the rules prohibiting the governing bodies of enterprises of all forms of ownership from taking part in the organization of signature collection and the rules banning coercion in the course of signature collection, solicitation of voter signatures for any form of remuneration, collection of signatures where and when wages are paid;

 

(e) when financing his/her election campaign, a candidate who was nominated in a single-mandate electoral district has used monetary resources to finance his/her election campaign other than those of his/her electoral fund in the amount exceeding 0.5 percent of the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for a candidate’s expenditures from the electoral fund;

 

(f) when financing its election campaign, an electoral association, electoral bloc has used monetary resources to finance its election campaign other than those of its electoral fund in the amount exceeding 0.5 percent of the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for expenditures of an electoral association, electoral bloc from the electoral fund;

 

(g) a candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district has exceeded expenditures from the electoral fund by more than 0.5 percent of the maximum amount of expenditures from the electoral fund of a candidate established by this Federal Law;

 

(h) an electoral association, electoral bloc has exceeded expenditures from the electoral fund by more than 0.5 percent of the maximum amount of expenditures from an electoral fund of a electoral association, electoral bloc established by this Federal Law;

 

(i) in the course of the election campaign a candidate, an electoral association, including an electoral association within an electoral bloc, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc, an organization whose founders, owners, possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the aforementioned persons and organizations (representatives of these organizations) carried on charity activities in the territory of the Russian Federation, asked other natural persons and legal entities to provide material and financial aid or services to voters, consented to natural persons or legal entities providing such aid or services on their behalf;

 

(j) a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has not submitted the first financial report;

 

(k) a candidate, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc has taken advantage of their official position or status;

 

(l) on other grounds indicated in this Federal Law.

 

3. Registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates may be annulled by an election commission or a court not later than a day preceding voting day if:

 

(a) a violation of this Federal Law indicated in Clause 2 of this Article has been discovered after registration of the candidate, federal list of candidates;

 

(b) a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, an agent of a registered candidate, an agent, authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc has conducted propaganda in the territory of a military units, in a military organization or institution;

 

(c) a registered candidates, electoral association, electoral bloc, their agents have produced and (or) disseminated printed, audiovisual and other election propaganda materials in violation of Clauses 3 and 4 Article 59 of this Federal Law;

 

(d) in the course of the election campaign a registered candidate, an electoral association, including an electoral association within an electoral bloc, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc, an agent of a registered candidate, of an electoral association, electoral bloc, an organization whose founders, owners, possessors are and/or whose governing bodies include the aforementioned persons and organizations (representatives of these organiztions) have carried on charity activities in the territory of the Russian Federation, asked other natural persons and legal entities to provide material and financial aid or services to voters, consented to natural persons or legal entities providing such aid or services on their behalf;

 

(e) a registered candidate, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc has taken advantage of his/her official position or status;

 

(f) a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has not submitted the financial report in due time;

 

(g) a registered candidate who is a civil or municipal servant has not suspended the performance of official duties for the period of his/her participation in the election;

 

(h) it has been established that voters were bribed i.e., a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc, its authorized representative has committed an act prohibited by Clause 2 Article 60 of this Federal Law;

 

(i) when financing his/her election campaign, a registered candidate nominated in a single-mandate electoral district has used monetary resources to finance his/her election campaign other than those of his/her electoral fund in the amount exceeding 0.5 percent of the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for a candidate’s expenditures from the electoral fund;

 

(j) when financing its election campaign, an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates has used monetary resources to finance its election campaign other than those of its electoral fund in the amount exceeding 0.5 percent of the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for expenditures of an electoral association, electoral bloc from the electoral fund;

 

(k) a candidate registered in a single-mandate electoral district has spent an amount from his/her electoral fund exceeding by more than 0.5 percent the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for expenditures of a candidate, registered candidate from the electoral fund;

 

(l) an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates has spent an amount from its electoral fund exceeding by more than 0.5 percent the maximum amount established by this Federal Law for the expenditures of an electoral association, electoral bloc from the electoral fund;

 

(m) a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc which registered a federal list of candidates has used unlawful donations contributed to their electoral funds in an amount exceeding 0.5 percent of the maximum amount of expenditures from the electoral fund of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc established by this Federal Law;

 

4. Registration of a federal list of candidates may be annulled by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in the event of violation of the rules laid down by Clause 11 Article 51 of this Federal Law.

 

5. An election commission shall be entitled to refuse to register a candidate, federal list of candidates, ask a court to annul registration of a candidate, list of candidates if the candidate, registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has misused the freedom of mass information. Having established the fact of misuse of freedom of information the court shall annul registration of a candidate, federal list of candidates.

 

ARTICLE 92. Grounds for the Annulment of a Decision of an Election Commission On Voting Returns, Election Results

 

1. If a registered candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc has committed violations indicated in Clause 91 of this Federal Law but the violations were discovered after official publication of election results, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may apply to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and request that the election of the candidate, federal list of candidates be declared null and void.

 

2. The decision of an election commission on the election results may be annulled by a court if the court establishes that the violations indicated in Clause 91 of this Federal Law have taken place and this does not make it possible reliably to establish the results of the expression of the voters’ will.

 

3. A court of an appropriate level may also annul a decision of an election commission on the voting returns and election results in an electoral precinct, territory, single-mandate electoral district, the federal electoral district if breaches have been committed in respect of the rules for compilation of voter lists, procedures for the formation of election commissions, voting and vote counting (including interference with their monitoring), determination of election results, other provisions of this Federal Law, if these actions (inaction) do not allow the results of the expression of the voters’ will to be reliably determined.

 

4. A court of an appropriate level, a district election commission, the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may annul a decision of a precinct, territorial, district election commission on the voting returns and election results in cases provided by this Federal Law.

 

5. If voting returns in more than one-fourth of electoral precincts have been voided, the election in the given single-mandate electoral district or the federal electoral district shall be declared null and void. If voting returns for the federal electoral district have been voided in more than one-third of electoral districts, the election in the federal electoral district shall be declared null and void.

 

6. The decision concerning the election results shall not be annulled because of violations which were conducive to the election of candidates, registered candidates or which aimed to encourage or encouraged voters to vote for candidates, registered candidates who have not been elected according to the voting returns or for federal lists of candidates which have not taken part in the distribution of deputy mandates.

 

ARTICLE 93. Responsibility for Violation of Electoral Rights of Citizens

 

1. Subject to criminal, administrative or other responsibility under federal laws shall be the persons who:

 

(a) by coercion, deception, threats, forgery or other methods prevent a citizen of the Russian Federation from freely exercising the right to elect and be elected,

 

(b) take advantage of their official position or status to gain election,

 

(c) coerce citizens into or prevent them from putting their signatures in support of a candidate, an electoral association, electoral bloc or participate in the forgery of such signatures,

 

(d) bribe voters, i.e., commit an act prohibited by Clause 2 Article 60 of this Federal Law,

 

(e) have not gathered and updated information about registered voters (voter lists) in due time,

 

(f) disseminate patently false information about candidates or do other acts and actions damaging the honor and dignity of candidates,

 

(g) violate the rights of election commission members, including non-voting members, observers, foreign (international) observers, agents of candidates, agents and authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs, media representatives, including the right to receive information and copies of electoral documents in due time and to certify the said documents,

 

(h) violate the election campaigning rules, including persons who conduct propaganda on the day preceding voting day and on voting day,

 

(i) engage in charity activities or produce and distribute commercial and other advertising materials in violation of this Federal Law,

 

(j) fail to create conditions for holding mass events when they are obligated to do so by law,

 

(k) violate the rules of election campaign funding established by this Federal Law,

 

(l) have concealed the remaining ballots or produced extra ballots, absentee certificates which were not registered by an election commission,

 

(m) obstruct or unlawfully interfere with the work of election commissions or the activity of commission members related to the performance of their duties,

 

(n) obstruct voting on voting premises,

 

(o) violate the secrecy of voting,

 

(p) force voters to vote against their own choice,

 

(q) forge electoral documents, draw up and issue false documents, deliberately falsify vote counting or determination of election results, have not presented or published information about voting results in default of their duties,

 

(r) violate the rights of citizens to examine voter lists,

 

(s) issue ballots to citizens to allow them to vote for other persons or vote more than once in the course of the same voting, or issue marked ballots to citizens,

 

(t) fail to submit or publish reports on the expenditure of funds allocated for the preparation and conduct of the election, financial reports of candidates, registered candidates, electoral associations, electoral blocs,

 

(u) employers refusing to grant a leave of absence for participation in the election in accordance with this Federal Law or a temporary release from work for performance of civil duties,

 

(v) officials of state bodies who have failed to check information about violations of this Federal Law, other federal laws when requested to do so by election commissions, and have done nothing to stop these violations.

 

2. In accordance with Russian Federation laws on administrative offences a precinct, territorial, district election commission and the election commission of a Subject of the Russian Federation, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to draw up a protocol of administrative offences committed by a candidate, registered candidate, an authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc and by other persons in cases provided by this Federal Law.

 

CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUDING AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

 

ARTICLE 94. Entry into Force of this Federal Law

 

1. This Federal Law shall enter into force on the day of its official publication.

 

2. The Federal Law "On the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation" No. 66-FZ of April 28, 1995 (Collection of Russian Federation Laws, 1995, No. 26, p. 2398) shall hereby be declared invalid.

 

3. If there is no office of a head of a municipal unit and the municipal unit has no representative body of local self-government or if a representative body of local self-government has not appointed a person authorized to perform electoral actions under this Federal Law, such electoral actions shall be performed by the head of the executive body of state power of a Subject of the Russian Federation or by some other official appointed by him/her.

 

4. If, as of the day of official publication of a decision to call the election of deputies of the State Duma in 1999, the minimum wage established at the beginning of this year is not increased by a federal law, the monetary amounts related in this Federal Law to a minimum wage shall be doubled.

 

5. When the election of deputies of the State Duma is held for the first time under this Federal Law the period established by Clause 5 Article 12 of this Federal Law shall not apply and the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall submit a scheme of single-mandate electoral districts to the State Duma within seven days after this Federal Law comes into force.

 

B. Yeltsyn

 

President of the Russian Federation

 

SIGNATURE LIST

 

Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

 

________ , _____

 

We, the undersigned, support nomination of Semen Pavlovich Yablokov, born July 5, 1946, working as lawyer of the Seversk Legal Service, residing at Tsentralny Village, Seversk Raion, Arkhangelsk Oblast, as a candidate for election as a deputy of the State Duma in Vostochny Single-Mandate Electoral District .No. 23.

 

No.

First, middle, last name

Year of birth (for 18 years, also day and month of birth)

Address of the place of residence

Series, number, date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper

Signature and date

 

I hereby certify the signature list:

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name, address of the place of residence, series, number and date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper of the signature collector, the collector's signature and date)

 

Candidate____________________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle, last name, signature and date)

 

If a candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the signature list shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. If the candidate has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, the signature list shall indicate this fact along with the name of the corresponding foreign state.

 

 

SIGNATURE LIST

 

Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation ________ , _____

 

(the federal list of candidates was certified by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

 

on _______ , ___ )

 

We, the undersigned, support nomination of the federal list of candidates for election as deputies of the State Duma from the Russia Electoral Association, headed by:

 

1. Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov, born August 10, 1950, working as engineer-designer at Vympel, Moscow Production Association, residing in Moscow.

 

2. Petr Petrovich Petrov, born November 17, 1965, working as milling machine operator at Shtamp Factory (Tver), residing in Tver.

 

3. Sergei Sergeevich Sergeev, born December 12, 1969, working as physician of the ambulance service, Aleksandrovsk district hospital, residing in Saratov.

 

A regional group of candidates on the list has been nominated by the Siberia group of regions. The group is headed by:

 

1. Valentina Ivanovna Pavlova, born March 2, 1948, housewife, residing in the village of Vysoky, Irkutsk Oblast.

 

2. Vasily Vasiljevich Vasiljev, born December 12, 1969, working as broker in NNN, a joint-stock company (Lesnoy, Omsk Oblast), residing in Omsk.

 

3. Aliya Serafimovna Ibragimova, born September 1, 1932, pensioner, residing in Surgut, Tyumen Oblast.

 

No.

First, middle, last name

Year of birth (for 18 years, also day and month of birth)

Address of place of residence

Series, number, date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper

Signature and date

 

I hereby certify the signature list:

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name, address of the place of residence, series, number, date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper of the signature collector, the collector's signature and date)

 

Authorized representative of the electoral association, electoral bloc:

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name, signature and date)

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(name of the Subject of the Russian Federation where signatures were collected)

 

SIGNATURE LIST

 

Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

 

________ , _____

 

We, the undersigned, support nomination of Nikolai Nikolajevich Nikolajev, born August 15, 1956, working as Director of Ryazan Brick Factory, residing in Ryazan, as a candidate for election as a deputy of the State Duma from the Abrikos Electoral Association.

 

No.

First, middle, last name

Year of birth (for 18 years, also day and month of birth)

Address of the place of residence

Series, number, date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper

Signature and date

 

I hereby certify the signature list:

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name, address of the place of residence, series, number, date of issuance of the passport or equivalent identity paper of the signature collector, the collector’s signature and date)

 

The candidate:

 

___________________________________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name, signature and date)

 

If a candidate has a conviction that has not expired or has not been cancelled, the signature list shall indicate the number (numbers) and the name (names) of the article (articles) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the basis of which the candidate was convicted and the article (articles) of the criminal code adopted in accordance with the Fundamental Criminal Legislation of the USSR and the Union republics, the article (articles) of the law of a foreign state and the name of the law, if the candidate was convicted under these legislative acts for actions qualified as crimes by the current Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. If the candidate has Russian Federation and foreign citizenship, the signature list shall indicate this fact along with the name of the corresponding foreign state.

 

 

Annex 4

 

Property Report

 

I, candidate for election as deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation,

 

_______________________________________________________

 

(first, middle and last name)

 

___________________________________________________________________________

 

(main place of work, position (occupation, if there is no main place of work)

 

residing at the following address__________________________________________________________

 

(address of the place of residence)

 

hereby present information about the property which I own (including property in common ownership):

 

1. Immovable Property

 

 

No.

Kind and name of property

Floor space, sq. m

Location of property

1

Land plots*

2

Residential houses

3

Flats

4

Country houses

5

Garages and other structures and buildings

 

 

* The area of land plots is measured in hectares

 

2. Vehicles

 

 

No.

Kind of vehicle

Qnty

Model (models)

Cars

Trucks

Other vehicles

 

 

____________________

 

(signature of the candidate)

 

____________

 

(date)

 

 

Annex 5

 

Control Relationships for the Data Entered in the Protocol of Voting Returns

 

(the numerals indicate lines of the protocol numbered in accordance with Article 76 of this Federal law)

 

1 is larger than or equal to 3+5+6

 

2 is equal to 3+4+5+6

 

7+7 is equal to 9+10

 

9 is equal to 18+ all subsequent lines of the protocol.