On 24 November 2020, Deputy Chief of Office of the CEC of Russia Vladimir Grachev took part in a virtual Seminar on Election Observation and Alternative Voting Methods organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR).
Vladimir Grachev made a presentation at the Session 2 of the Seminar on Alternative Voting Methods and Arrangements. He greeted his colleagues on behalf of the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova and spoke about the innovations in Russian electoral legislation and electoral practice.
In particular, he touched upon aspects of organizing an All-Russia Vote on the approval of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation in the context of a complex sanitary and epidemiological situation associated with the spread of the new Coronavirus infection. Vladimir Grachev informed about additional forms of expression of the will of citizens and the experience of multi-day voting, about the practice of using remote electronic voting in the pandemic situation and about prospects for the development of new technological solutions for Russian voters.
“The system of remote electronic voting is not yet fully ready for use at all levels of elections, but this is only the beginning of a long “remote path ”of the Russian electoral system,” said the representative of the Central Election Commission. - Digital services, which seemed like science fiction five years ago, now are used by people of different ages and social groups every day, anywhere in the world. Work continues on the creation of a new digital platform, which will eventually replace the current State Automation System “Vybory”, which has been effectively used for the last quarter of a century."
Vladimir Grachev informed his colleagues about the introduction of new electoral standards into the electoral process - QR-coding of protocols, video surveillance, the introduction of new methods for storing electoral documents during the voting period, as well as about other promising areas that Russian election organizers are working on.
The Seminar provided an opportunity for OSCE delegations, electoral experts and international observers to discuss challenges and best practices in the implementation of elections-related commitments, as well as standards for democratic elections with a focus on alternative voting methods and mechanisms.