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Chapter III. Electoral Precincts, Voters Lists

Article 24. Formation of Electoral Precincts

Article 25. Compilation of Voters Lists

Article 26. Procedure for Including Citizens in and Excluding Them from the Voters List

Article 27. Inspection of Voters Lists by Voters


ARTICLE 24. Formation of Electoral Precincts

1. Electoral precincts shall be formed to organize voting and count votes in the election of the President of the Russian Federation. Electoral precincts shall be formed on the basis of the number of voters registered in the territories of municipal units in accordance with the requirements of Article 17 of the Federal Law On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum.

2. Electoral precincts shall be formed by the head of a municipal unit (if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for an office of head of the municipal unit, by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government) with the concurrence of the territorial election commission not later than 30 days prior to voting day with due regard to the local and other conditions and proceeding from the need to provide maximum convenience for voters.

3. The number of voters registered in the territory of each electoral precinct shall not exceed 3000.

4. In places where voters stay temporarily (hospitals, sanatoria, holiday hotels, places of confinement of suspects, defendants, etc.), in hard-to-reach or remote regions, at polar stations, on ships at sea on voting day electoral precincts may be formed within the period indicated in Clause 2 of this Article or, in exceptional cases, not later than five days prior to voting day.

5. Servicemen shall vote in general electoral precincts. By way of exception, electoral precincts may be formed in the territory of military units stationed in isolated localities far from populated centers. Such electoral precincts shall be formed by commanding officers of military units on the basis of a decision of the election commission of the Subject of the Russian Federation within the period indicated in Clause 2 of this Article or, in exceptional cases, not later than five days prior to voting day. In this case, access to the premises of the election commission and to the voting premises shall be provided to all members of the precinct election commission and higher-level election commissions, persons indicated in Clause 1 Article 21 of this Federal Law and observers.

6. Electoral precincts where voters staying in the territory of foreign states are to vote and the votes are be counted shall be formed by the heads of diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation in the territory of the country where they are located, not later than 30 days prior to voting day. In this case, the requirements to the number of registered voters set out in Clause 3 of this Article may be waived. The heads of the diplomatic and consular missions of the Russian Federation shall inform the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation about formation of electoral precincts not later than 20 days prior to voting day.

7. The lists of electoral precincts indicating their numbers and boundaries (if an electoral precinct is formed within a part of the territory of a populated center) or the list of populated centers (if an electoral precinct is formed in the territory of several populated centers), location of the precinct election commissions and the voting premises, telephone numbers of precinct election commissions shall be published by the head of the municipal unit (or, if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for an office of head of the municipal unit, by an official authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government) not later than 25 days prior to voting day or, in exceptions cases provided by Clauses 5 and 6 of this Article, not later than three days after their formation.

8. For electoral precincts formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation the matters concerning publication of the data indicated in Clause 7 of this Article shall be decided by the heads of the corresponding diplomatic or consular missions of the Russian Federation, with due regard to the local conditions.

ARTICLE 25. Compilation of Voters Lists

1. Voters lists shall be compiled by election commissions separately for each electoral precinct in accordance with the form established by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

2. A territorial election commission shall compile voters lists not later than 26 days prior to voting day on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of the municipal unit (if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for this office - by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government), the commanding officer of a military unit, the head of an institution where voters are temporarily staying.

3. The voters list of an electoral precinct formed in a hard-to-reach or remote region shall be compiled by the precinct election commission not later than 25 days prior to voting day or, in exceptional cases, not later than two days after formation of the precinct election commission, on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of the municipal unit (if the charter of the municipal unit does not provide for this office - by a person authorized to do so by the representative body of local self-government).

4. In an electoral precinct formed in the territory of a military unit the list of voters - servicemen, members of their families and other voters residing within the territory of the military unit shall be compiled by the precinct election commission not later than 25 days prior to voting day, on the basis of voter data to be furnished by the commanding officer of the military unit.

5. Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are registered at the place of residence in hostels shall be included in voters lists where their hostels are located.

6. The voters list for an electoral precinct formed in places of temporary stay of voters (hospitals, sanatoria, holiday hotels, places of confinement of suspects, defendants, etc.), on a ship at sea on voting day or at a polar station shall be compiled by the corresponding precinct election commission not later than the day preceding voting day, on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of the institution where voters stay temporarily, the captain of the ship or the head of the polar station.

7. The voters list for an electoral precinct formed outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be compiled by the corresponding precinct election commission not later than 25 days prior to voting day, on the basis of voter data furnished by the head of the diplomatic or consular mission of the Russian Federation or by the commanding officer of the military unit stationed outside the territory of the Russian Federation.

8. Voter data shall be collected and updated by officials indicated in Clauses 2 - 6 of this Article in a procedure established by the Statute on the State Registry of Voters and shall be submitted to territorial election commissions not later than 60 days prior to voting day, or, if the voters list is to be compiled by a precinct election commission, to such precinct election commissions immediately upon their formation.

9. Voters lists shall be made up in duplicate. Voter data shall be arranged in the voters list in an alphabetical or some other order (by populated centers, streets, houses, flats). The list shall indicate the first, middle and last name of the voter, the year of birth (for the age of 18 years - also the date and month of birth), the address of the place where the voter resides permanently or currently.

10. In the compilation of voters lists use may be made of the state automated information system. Voters lists shall be typewritten or, in exceptional cases, handwritten.

11. The first copy of the voters list compiled in accordance with the requirements of Clause 2 of this Article shall be handed over to precinct election commissions on the basis of transfer acts 25 days prior to voting day. The second copy of the voters list shall be kept by the territorial election commission and shall be used (in particular, in the repeat voting) as prescribed by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The voters list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the territorial election commission and certified by its seal.

12. In electoral precincts formed in accordance with Clauses 4 - 6 Article 24 of this Federal Law the voters list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the precinct election commission and certified by its seal.

13. Having received the voters list the precinct election commission shall check and update the list on the basis of personal requests of citizens in accordance with Clause 26 of this Federal Law, documents from the bodies of local self-government, officials, registries, bodies in charge of registration of Russian Federation citizens at the place where they stay and reside within the Russian Federation. The checked and updated voters list shall be signed by the chairman and the secretary of the precinct election commission and certified by its seal not later than the day preceding voting day.

14. The persons furnishing voter data shall be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data and its timely submission.

ARTICLE 26. Procedure for Including Citizens in and Excluding Them from the Voters List

1. All citizens of the Russian Federation who have a right to active suffrage in accordance with Article 3 of this Federal Law shall be included in voters lists.

2. A citizen shall be included in the voters list in a certain electoral precinct by virtue of the fact of his/her permanent or current residence in the territory of the given electoral precinct as established by bodies in charge of registration of Russian Federation citizens at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation in accordance with the federal law regulating the procedure for the exercise by Russian Federation citizens of the right to the freedom of movement, choice of the place of stay or residence within the Russian Federation.

3. Servicemen who live outside the territory of a military unit shall be included on the voters lists at the place of their residence on usual terms. Voters-servicemen, members of their families, other persons who reside in the territory of a military unit shall be included in the voters list by virtue of the fact of their permanent or current residence in the territory of the military unit as established by the appropriate service of the military unit or bodies in charge of the registration of Russian Federation citizens at the place of their stay or residence within the Russian Federation, or on the basis of the order of the commanding officer of the military unit whereby citizens called up for military service are put on the staff of the military unit.

4. Citizens of the Russian Federation who reside outside the territory of the Russian Federation or stay abroad on prolonged business trips shall be included in voters lists by virtue of the fact of their permanent or current residence outside the territory of the Russian Federation or prolonged business trips abroad as established by diplomatic or consular missions of the Russian Federation.

5. Voters staying on voting day at hospitals, sanatoria, holiday hotels, places of confinement of suspects and defendants, other places of temporary stay shall be included in the voters list on the basis of a passport, an equivalent identity paper and an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the President of the Russian Federation.

6. Citizens of the Russian Federation who have been granted the status of forced migrants or have applied to the Federal Migration Service of Russia or its territorial agencies for the status of forced migrants shall be included in the voters list at the place of their temporary residence on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and appropriate documents issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia or its territorial agencies.

7. While staying in foreign countries at private invitations, on official business and as tourists citizens of the Russian Federation who have a right to active suffrage shall be put on the voters list when they come to the premises of a precinct election commission, upon production of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the President of the Russian Federation.

8. Voters who settled down in the territory of an electoral precinct after the voters list had been made available to voters for inspection, as well as voters who were not included in the voters list for any other reason shall be additionally put on the voters list by the precinct election commission on the basis of a passport or an equivalent identity paper and, if necessary, documents confirming their permanent or current residence in the territory of the given electoral precinct.

9. A voter may be included in a voters list only in one electoral precinct.

10. After the voters list has been signed by the chairman and the secretary of the territorial election commission a citizen may be excluded from the voters list only on the basis of official documents or when an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the President of the Russian Federation is issued to a voter in a procedure set forth in this Federal Law. In this case, a note shall be made in the voters list indicating the date when the citizen was excluded from the voters list and the reasons for the exclusion. This note shall be signed by the chairman of the precinct election commission and, in cases when an absentee certificate for voting in the election of the President of the Russian Federation is issued, by the member of the election commission who issued the certificate.

11. No changes shall be made in voters lists after the end of voting and the beginning of vote counting.

ARTICLE 27. Inspection of Voters Lists by Voters

1. Precinct election commissions shall make voters lists available to general public for examination and additional correction not later than 20 days prior to voting day.

2. A citizen of the Russian Federation who has a right to active suffrage may state to a precinct election commission that he/she has not been put on the voters list or inform the commission about any error or inaccuracy in the list. Within 24 hours or, on voting day, within two hours after this statement is made, and not later than the end of voting, the precinct election commission shall check the statement and the submitted documents and shall either remove the error and inaccuracy or give the voter a written answer indicating the reasons why the statement was rejected.

3. The decision of a precinct election commission to include or not to include a citizen in the voters list may be appealed in a higher-level election commission or in a court (where the precinct election commission is located) and these bodies must consider the complaint (statement) within three days or immediately, if the complaint is filed within three days prior to or on voting day. In the event of a decision in favor of the applicant, the precinct election commission shall immediately make the necessary corrections in the voters list.

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