On 18 November 2020, at the regular meeting of the CEC of Russia, the issue of a candidate for appointment as a Member of the St. Petersburg Election Commission with a decisive vote was considered in connection with the early termination of powers of a Member of the St. Petersburg Election Commission V.A. Minenko.
Before discussing the issue, the Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russia Nikolai Bulaev reminded those present that the problems in the work of the Election Commission of St. Petersburg in recent years have been of a systemic nature.
“We remember very well the consideration at our meetings of the results of the activities of the St. Petersburg Election Commission. According to analytics and media reports in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the problems and shortcomings that exist in the work of the Commission were typical for the campaigns of past years,” Nikolai Bulaev said, and added that the to blame only the Chairman for the shortcomings of the Commission is wrong, as during this period four Chairmen were replaced one after another.
The Deputy Chairman of the Commission noted that following the results of the 2019 elections, the participants in the electoral process in St. Petersburg sent more than 200 statements to the Court: “The number of complaints and appeals itself suggests that the work with candidates was built by the Commission unsatisfactorily. The system must work within the law. "
In 2021, in addition to Federal Parliamentary elections, elections to the Legislative Assembly of the region will be held in St. Petersburg.
“Legal correctness, cleanliness in relations with candidates, non-affiliation with influence groups should underlie the work of the St. Petersburg Election Commission. It is important to try to fix the situation jointly, and this will give hope to both candidates and voters, and there will be no doubts about the work of the Commission,” Nikolai Bulaev summed up.
The meeting considered two candidates for membership in the Commission - Natalia Chechina and Sergei Tsyplyaev. According to the results of the rating vote (9 votes for Natalia Chechina and 4 votes for Sergei Tsyplyaev), Members of the CEC of Russia supported Natalia Chechina's candidacy and decided to propose to the Governor of St. Petersburg to appoint her as a Member of the St. Petersburg Election Commission with a decisive vote.
“As for the election of the Chairperson of the Election Commission, this issue will be considered separately at the meeting of the Central Election Commission of Russia,” Nikolai Bulaev said explaining the procedure.
It should be recalled that, in accordance with Point 4 of Article 28 of the Federal Law "On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and Rights to Participate in a Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation", the Chairman of the Election Commission of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation is elected from among the Voting Members of the Election Commission at the suggestion of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.