- The vote will take place on July 1 in Russia.
- Putin said that there are 30 days needed from that date in order to work out the mechanisms for protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.
- The amendments were proposed in January of this year by Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the date of the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution. The vote will be held on July 1 the President said at a meeting with the working group on preparing amendments. Putin said that there are 30 days needed from that date in order to work out the mechanisms for protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic. Russia has the third highest number of cases in the world.
In January of this year, Putin proposed amendments to the Russian constitution. One of the most concerning parts is that during the upcoming vote on the amendments, it is designed to be very difficult for an average Russian citizen to understand which option (1 or 2) they are actually voting for. How can I, as an organizer and a voter, understand that the results of the last vote are legitimate, given the nuances in the verbatim text?
According to the text, the law (the amendments) will go into force after approval by the legislative authorities, and not less than two thirds of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, with the exception of articles 1 and 2 of the Law which enter into force in a special order.
The vote was originally scheduled for the April 22. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed.
The vote is expected to last a week. Ella Panfilova stated that Russian citizens (potential voting participants) will have the opportunity to vote when it is most convenient for them, within seven days, in order to minimize contacts and reduce infection during voting to almost zero.
Pamfilova has proposed to hold the vote indoors, outdoors and on mobile sites. Also it is assured that it will not be vote by mail. Pamfilova is a Russian politician, former deputy of the State Duma and currently Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights. However, human rights are not exactly a Russian strong suit.
July 1st will be a non working day nationwide.
The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the vote will not lead to a deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country. She noted that two more incubation periods will take place by July 1.
“Together with our colleagues, we looked at international experience, we asked for the position of our scientific experts and developed recommendations that, in our opinion, will not only minimize, but eliminate the risks of proliferation during this voting day,” Ms. Popova said.
The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing or Rospotrebnadzor is the federal service responsible for the supervision of consumer rights protection and human wellbeing in Russia.
It is expected the amendments will pass, allowing Putin to continue as the President of Russia since term limits will no longer be an issue.