The Central electoral Commission of Russia has made proposals to the government to allocate 1.9 billion roubles on the salaries of members of precinct election commissions. On Monday, August 28, RIA Novosti said a source familiar with the situation.
The CEC explained that this initiative stems from growing demands on its members in connection with the upcoming presidential elections in 2018.
It is noted that members of precinct election commissions will have to work more than usual to be able to notify citizens about the date of elections, address of the site, no need to take an absentee ballot if you wish to not vote at the address of residence.
Thus, as stated by the Agency Deputy head of the CEC Nikolai Bulaev, if the salaries of members of precinct election commissions to correlate “with the minimum wage or to the average wage in the region, of course, disparities are evident.” He noted that the liability of the members of precinct election commissions increases, and therefore considers it necessary to hold consultations with the Finance Ministry and the profile Committee of the state Duma on the possibility of allocating additional funding.
At the end of December last year Bulaev has announced that in 2017 for the organization of presidential elections slated for March 2018, it is planned to spend 14.9 billion rubles.