Russia Gets Overhauled Constitution

Russia Gets Overhauled Constitution


Recently, a national poll on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which lasted from June 25 through July 1, was completed. The amendments to the Constitution were supported by almost 78% of the voters who took part in the voting. This information was provided in the Central Election Commission on the basis upon processing of 99.6 % of protocols.

The amendments were opposed by 21.3% Russians who took part in the referendum.

The greatest support for the amendments to the Constitution was recorded in the constituent Republics of Tuva and Chechnya, where 93% of the voters supported them. In the North Caucasus and Southern Federal Districts, more than 70% voted in favor of the amendments to the Constitution.

This time, the residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region received an opportunity to vote online. In these regions, the largest number of COVID-19 cases was recorded in spring, and so this option was of great importance in the context of the pandemic. According to RBC, a total of 1,190,726 Russian residents registered for online voting. The overwhelming majority – over 1 mln people – were from Moscow. As a result of online voting, the turnout was recorded at over 93%.

In Moscow, 62.3% of online voters were for the amendments, and 37.7% voted against them. In the Nizhny Novgorod region, a total of 59.6% voted in favor of the amendments, and 40.3% did not support them.

Nikolai Bulayev, the deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission, said that there were no complaints about poll cruising, stuffing of the boxes with false ballots or misusing the administrative resources, which are the most common problems in voting.

Muscovites mostly complained that the system refused to register them for unclear reasons. However, as Bulayev underlined, these were isolated cases.

According to the Interior Ministry, as many as 839 complaints were filed during the entire voting period. A total of 126 were registered on July 1, i.e. during voting at the polling stations. However, as noted by the agency, all of them did not concern any crucial issues, and therefore, did not affect the voting results. The Central Election Commission, in its turn, said that it did not receive any complaints about violations that would necessitate “special consideration.”

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