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Amendments to the law on basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in referendum

Vladimir Putin has signed the Federal law "On amendments to the Federal law "On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation".

Federal law passed by the State Duma on 21 June 2018 and approved by the Federation Council on 27 June 2018.

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the Federal law is aimed at the development of the Institute for public observation of elections to bodies of state power and bodies of local self-government.

currently, election observers can appoint registered candidates, election associations that nominated registered candidates, election associations that registered lists of candidates. The law may provide for the appointment of observers by other public associations.

the Federal law stipulates that the law also may provide for the appointment of observers to subjects of public control as referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of part 1 of article 9 of the Federal law "On fundamentals of public control in the Russian Federation", namely the Public chamber of the Russian Federation and public chambers of subjects of the Russian Federation. Thus the public chamber of the Russian Federation appoint observers to the election commissions located on the territory of the corresponding subject of the Russian Federation.

in addition, the Federal law specifies the order of use during the period of election campaign, referendum campaign of the Federal budget, budget of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, the local budget allocated to election commissions, referendum commissions on preparation and conduct of elections and referendums of the corresponding level. So, these funds held at the end of the current financial year in the accounts of the institutions of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation or the branches of public joint stock company "Sberbank of Russia", could not be transferred in the current fiscal year of election commissions, referendum commissions on the single budget account and shall be used by them for the same purpose until the completion of the relevant election campaign, referendum campaign.