Russian President Vladimir Putin in a televised address to the nation urged to come to the polls and vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. He assured that the amendments will enter into force only if they are approved by a majority of citizens of Russia.
According to Putin, approved the amendments to the Basic law, “Russians vote for the country in which you want to live” and important value for them. He stressed that every vote is important, and added that when the Russians all together — “we can solve any problems and tasks.”
Recall, the vote on the constitutional amendments scheduled for 1 July, it is also within six days prior to that date. It was during these six days you can vote electronically. With the initiative about carrying out of voting on amendments in January this year was made by the Russian President during his address to the Federal Assembly. After discussion of the amendments by the working group the state Duma on 11 March adopted a presidential bill in the final reading. On the same day it was approved by the Federation Council, then the document is supported by the legislative assemblies of all subjects of the Russian Federation. The results of this review, 14 March, the upper house of Parliament adopted a resolution and sent it to the President.
Putin has signed a decree and appointed a date for a vote on April 22, however, in connection with the pandemic coronavirus President in a televised address to the citizens on 25 March said that the vote should be postponed.
Previously, “Levada-center” published the results of a survey conducted on behalf of the party “Yabloko”. According to this, when the alternative vote on the Constitution amendments Putin would support only 25% of Russians.
according to “Novaya Gazeta”, in this survey of adherents of Putin’s amendments was less than the supporters of the proposed Public constitutional Council (PCC) and the party “the Apple” “the Constitution of a free people” (28%) and even less than the opponents both projects (26%).
the majority 80% of respondents believe that “the Constitution of the free people” it would be right to vote on a par with Putin’s amendments.
Working on an alternative package of amendments called “the Constitution of a free people”, began in January. Then, after the publication in “Novaya Gazeta” was convened by the Public, the constitutional Council, which prepared the amendments, together with leading Russian lawyers-constitutionalists. Deputies from party “the Apple” have made these amendments in the Duma through the regional legislative Assembly.
All the amendments OAKS and “Apple” in the survey, “Levada” was supported by the majority. 82% welcomed the introduction of election of Federation Council members, 68% give the Duma the right to impose a vote of no confidence in individual Ministers, 51% — giving the deputies the right to nominate the Prime Minister. 54% of respondents were in favour of reducing the presidential term from 6 to 4 years, 50% supported the election of court chairmen by vote of the judges. 41% of respondents were in favour of a ban for Russian citizens to participate in the activities of private military companies. However, those who did not agree with the amendment, still was less than 38%. Undecided 20%.
the Greatest support found for social amendment to the state’s obligation to treat children’s diseases due to the budget (95%), about transfer of pension savings inherited (90%), the introduction of individual savings accounts for depositing revenues from exports of natural resources (77%), established in the Constitution of a uniform age of retirement for men and women at 60 years (58%). In General, the package of amendments of the constitutional Council the Public support 74% of Russians opposed by only 17%.
Another question concerned the holding of a nationwide vote on the Constitution in the midst of the pandasemii coronavirus. 60% of respondents believe that it is wrong, don’t see the problem 33%.
Recall that in mid-June, the CEC Chairman, Ella Pamfilova said that the amendments to the Constitution legitimate and do not require, according to the Constitution, the opinions and the approval of the people. She explained that with the adoption of amendments, the current legislation does not provide for the voting of the Russians. Enough the adoption of the law in the state Duma, approval by the Federation Council and the signing of the decree.
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