No one will be able to vote twice on constitutional amendment, pledges CEC chief

TASS Russian News Agency | Jun 29, 2020 at 9:07 PM


TASS, June 29. Chairperson of Russia's Central election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova has pledged that no one will be able to vote twice, electronically and traditionally, in the nationwide voting on constitutional amendments.

"Not a single case of double voting will be possible. I guarantee that," she said on Monday in an interview with the Pozner program on TV Channel One.

She admitted however that such attempts were not ruled outed.

She recalled that online voting is possible in Moscow and the Novgorod region until June 30 whereas the official voting day is July 1. "This time span will be used to verify the voter lists and those who tried to do that [vote twice] will be exposed," she explained.

The Dozhd television channel said on its website earlier that journalist Pavel Lobkov had tried to vote twice, at his polling station and via the internet. Deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission Nikolai Burlyayev pledged the commission would probe into this situation. He said Lobkov's name should have been crossed out from the voter list at the polling station after he had applied for voting online. Pamfilova explained that in such a situation the ballot box was to be sealed and the person would face an administrative fine.

Nationwide voting on constitutional amendments started in Russia on June 25. The official voting day under the presidential decree is July 1 but due to the coronavirus situation the voting period has been extended for a week, from June 25 through July 1. Vote counting will begin in regions after 20:00 local time on July 1, when polling stations close. Along with the extended voting period (from June 25 to July 1), people can cast their votes outside polling stations at specially organized voting areas, including outdoors, or use contactless voting at home or the Mobile Voter application. Additionally, residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region can vote online.