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Alexander Veshnyakov hopes that Russian election legislation will be renovated no later than May
The Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov hopes that Russian election legislation will be renovated no later than May. "We hope that amendments to and changes in the 13 election laws will be adopted at least by May," Mr. Veshnyakov told a political party leaders' conference Tuesday. He said what is in question are the amendments to the law on the main guarantees of the citizens' electoral rights, political parties, the presidential election and others. "The preparation of changes in and amendments to these 13 laws is over," he said. "This month the president may submit amendments to the election legislation to the State Duma," Mr. Veshnyakov said. As to innovations proposed by the Central Election Commission, he said: "The state should considerably increase funding for political parties gaining the support of three and more percent of voters at the federal elections. The rule holds true, though only symbolically - the party gets 50 kopeks from the state for each vote." "We propose increasing the sum ten times, which is necessary for them not to bow to oligarchs," Mr. Veshnyakov said. If this amendment is adopted, United Russia would annually get 113 million rubles from the state (one dollar equals 27.95 rubles), KPRF 38 million, LDPR 30 million, Rodina (Homeland) 27 million rubles for the three (in elections to the State Duma the Rodina electoral block consisted of three political parties). Among the proposed innovations to be made in electoral legislation, the CEC chief also mentioned "additional guarantees for the parties' access to the electronic media, guarantees for women entering the State Duma and regional parliaments, rejection of the legal execution of electoral blocks, as well as the fixing of a single day for national elections - the second Sunday of March. Mr. Veshnyakov also noted that his commission thinks necessary a legislation ridding deputies of their mandates in case they refuse to work with electors in the regions. On the eve of the new elections, he said political parties and public organizations need to cooperate. Mr. Veshnyakov proposed convening a conference in summer for leaders of political parties and the Justice Ministry in order to "specify a procedure for applying the innovations in electoral legislation."
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