The government supported the idea of postponing the presidential elections on March 18

Andrei Klishas

Government Commission on legislative activities endorsed the amendments to the electoral law made by the members of the Federation Council Andrey Clisham and Anatoly Shirokov, and involving the holding of presidential elections on March 18, write “sheets”.

In the draft opinion of the Commission on the document at the disposal of the newspaper, no comments. The first reading in the Duma to be held on April 14.

Amendments to the electoral legislation already approved by profile Committee of the lower house of Parliament, says the publication.

The speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin supported the postponement of the voting day on the third Sunday of March — the 18th, noting that this date coincides with the day of signing by the President Vladimir Putin’s decree “On recognizing the Republic of Crimea” in 2014.

Senators Klishas and Shirokov was submitted to the lower house a set of amendments aimed at improving transparency of the elections of the President of Russia and the liberalization of the approach to the appointment of observers, 3 Mar. In particular, they proposed to clarify the possibility of moving the date of elections of the head of state.

Under current law, presidential elections are appointed no earlier than 100 days and no later than 90 days before election day. The will must be held on the second Sunday of March. However, as noted by parliamentarians, the calendar of the campaign might impact on March 8. Then elections are carried a week earlier.

The new amendments propose to change the system and to migrate from the previous election, and the next Sunday of the month.

Following the Russian presidential election scheduled for March 11, 2018.