The head of the Russian Election Commission stated on Wednesday that if the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worsens, the Russian authorities won't hold a vote on the constitutional amendments.
"I would like to stress once again that in case of a widespread pandemic, nobody is going to hold a vote, but advance warning is a good defence and we are all ready for preventive measures," Ella Pamfilova, the chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Russia, said, adding that relevant agencies were working very effectively.
The commission chief urged the media to avoid speculation on the topic and creating conditions for "artificial panic."
The amendments were passed earlier this month by both houses of Russia’s Parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin later on.
The law will go in effect after receiving the support of more than half of those who participate in an all-Russian public vote slated for 22 April.