DRAFT NEW WORDING OF THE LAW ON REFERENDUM MAY BE INTRODUCED INTO STATE DUMA IN COMING DAYS

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MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - The draft new wording of the law on referendum in the Russian Federation may be introduced into the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) for consideration already in coming days, chairman of the Central Electoral Commission of Russia Alexander Veshnyakov has told journalists this Wednesday.

He noted that the draft law developed by specialists of the Central Electoral Commission had already passed through the expert examination of the presidential administration. According to Veshnyakov, the existing law-enforcement practice was taken into account during the elaboration of the new wording.

"We treat carefully all the bills relating one way or another to elections," the head of the Central Electoral Commission said.

According to him, this also applies to the draft law on processions and manifestations. "Such events are frequently held by political parties in the period of electoral campaigns," Veshnyakov explained. "Our task is to ensure that there are as few conflicts as possible at the elections."

"In the past, the conflict situations were largely resolved as a result of the improvement of the electoral law," the head of the Central Electoral Commission said.

"This is why, we are carefully studying draft laws relating one way or another to elections and the activity of political parties in the country," he said.

Alexander Veshnyakov also said that the results of the latest State Duma and presidential electoral campaigns would be discussed with a view to the future on Thursday, May 6, at a meeting of the Central Electoral Commission.

The meeting will be attended by the heads of the electoral commissions from all the constituent members of the Russian Federation, representatives of the presidential administration, both chambers of the Federal Assembly, the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor's Office and some ministries and departments.

According to Veshnyakov, he will deliver a large report at the meeting, in which he "will sum up the results and define the tasks for the improvement and development of the electoral system."

The head of the Central Electoral Commission noted that the speeches by the heads of regional electoral commissions were expected at the meeting.

"They are expected to tell about the lessons learnt from the federal electoral campaigns that have been held, considering the fact that this year the elections of 11 regional heads and the deputies of 10 regional legislatures will be held," Alexander Veshnyakov said.

According to him, possibly a decision will be taken to hold this year the elections of deputies to the Chechen parliament.

Alexander Veshnyakov noted that about 10 representatives of the country's electoral system would receive honorary badges for their services in the organization of elections. "The chairmen of electoral commissions from the constituent members of the Russian Federation will also be present at the inauguration ceremony of President Vladimir Putin, which will be held on May 7 in Moscow in compliance with the Russian Constitution," the head of the Central Electoral Commission of Russia concluded.

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