The state Duma may consider in the first reading the project of postponement of the elections on 14 April


RIA Novosti

The state Duma on 14 April plans to consider in the first reading the package of draft laws on changes to the electoral law, which, in particular, provides for the transfer of presidential elections in 2018, with 11 on March 18, and the abolition of absentee ballots, the relevant information is available in the electronic database of the lower house of Parliament.

The responsible state Duma Committee on legislation plans to submit the decision to the Council of the Duma on 11 April.

The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrei Klishas Senator Anatoly Shirokov, previously introduced earlier in the state Duma a package of bills directed, in particular, to increase the transparency of the presidential elections and other levels, liberalization of the approach to the appointment of observers and improving the accessibility of voting stations.

Under current law, presidential elections are held on the second Sunday of March. In this package of amendments is a provision stating that if the second Sunday is a combined, post-holiday or a working day in connection with the transfer of holidays, the day of the vote is transferred to the next — that is, the third Sunday of the month. In 2018 it will be March 18.