In Russia can start three parallel campaigns of the pension referendum


MOSCOW, 8 Aug. / Three political and public forces received on Wednesday the resolution of the Central election Commission to continue work on preparation for the national referendum proposed by the government of the Russian Federation the changes in the pension system. Their questions sound almost the same, and therefore the initiative group automatically become competitors, as referendums on similar issues is impossible.

The Communists, who first proposed a pension referendum, do not rule out Association with other groups. Now the initiators of the plebiscite have two months to arrange the meeting of initiative groups in half of the regions of the country.

Two months and 43 in the region

The Central election Commission on 8 August approved the wording of the questions, which three are independent from each other, the initiative group created by spravoross Ilya Sviridov in Moscow, volunteers in Moscow and the Communist party in Altai Krai, offer to submit for national referendum against the increase in retirement age. The three questions of the initiative group are similar.

According to the law within the region of two action groups with a similar referendum was to be able, preference is given to the one who will apply first. Because the three initiators of the questions are similar and focuses on one subject, to register a group half of the subjects each of them “is impossible from a mathematical point of view,” said the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina.

Now the three initiators of the referendum will be two months from the date of registration in the regional election Committee (Moscow, Moscow region and Altai territory, respectively) to hold meetings and to register the initiative group of a minimum of 42 subjects. This is followed by the meeting of the authorized representatives of all registered groups, and Federal, the CEC shall register the initiative group.

From that moment the initiative group will have 45 days to collect at least 2 million signatures, one region may have no more than 50 thousand If the signatures are validated, the CEC will grant permission for the holding of a referendum.

The CEC Chairman, Ella Pamfilova wished good luck to the members of all action teams and reminded them about the possibility to join forces. “Competition is a great thing,” she added, informing that in 19 regions already submitted 30 applications to hold meetings of initiative groups.

In addition, Pamfilova drew attention to the fact that the CEC for the first time in 25 years approved the issue of the all-Russian referendum. The last referendum was held in Russia in 1993.

The Communist party is ready to cooperate

The Communist party intend to “ready” to hold meetings of initiative groups in the maximum number of regions. “In principle, a task that not less than 60-70 regions our comrades were ready. Now we have submitted the application and yesterday, today and tomorrow was held and will be held meetings of the seven regional groups,” he said Deputy Chairman of the Communist party Yuri Afonin.

He noted that the meeting of initiative groups go into “planning mode,” served notice to the election commissions.

In particular, on 8 August, the meeting was held in Novosibirsk. “We in Buryatia will work in the Sverdlovsk region submitted the application, there is still a number of regions that are preparing for these events. Trying to hold in a short time, but with strict observance of the law and competent drawing up of documents”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

Importantly, Afonin stressed that the referendum was held. The Communist party along with the organization of the referendum, organizing protests. Also already collected “several million signatures” against raising the retirement age. “From the point of view of the referendum, we do not set a goal that all 43 or more regional group was held under the auspices of the Communist party, because we believe that the most important thing is not who will spend, and make this a referendum was held and people could Express their position,” – said a Communist.

“So we are ready to put efforts with representatives of various social groups, if they are really created in order not to prevent us to collect the necessary number of groups and to hold a referendum or not created as a “spoylerskie” to delay the process. We are ready with all the representatives of initiative groups to be registered, to interact, I would like to and the response was in that direction,” he said.

The Communist party would like that other pension initiators of the referendum, including Ilya Sviridov, was not trying “to pull the attention of the public and prevent the next stage.” “We are ready in this direction with all common forces to interact and discuss opportunities,” concluded Afonin.

He and his non-partisan initiative

The head of the municipal district Tagansky, the candidate in mayors of Moscow from “just Russia” Ilya Sviridov filed in the Moscow city election Commission notice of meeting of initiative group on 27 July, when the CEC refused the Communist party with its original wording of the referendum question against raising the retirement age. The group Sviridov the question is worded exactly as advised by the Communists at the meeting, the CEC head Ella Pamfilova: “for You to the age established by the legislation of the Russian Federation on pension provision as at 1 July 2018, at which there is a right to pension for old age, not changed?”.

Thus, he “staked out” behind itself the possibility of registration of the initiative group in Moscow, as the Communist party held a new meeting and submitted the documents to the electoral Commission later. To register his initiative group of the Moscow city election Commission can for 9 Aug.

Sviridov announced that will not hurry with carrying out of meeting of initiative groups. “Now we will be quietly thinking: where, who. I will, I think, tomorrow open letter to all leaders of the opposition parties, all the opposition politicians who are against the pension reform. Let us unite to win here the blanket” – he said.

Spywares noted that on 8 August the request to hold a meeting of the initiative group in Tatarstan filed his companion in the party, the Deputy of the city Duma of Kazan Rushaniya Bilgilenme.

Earlier, commenting on the plans of the Communists to hold a referendum, he said that the support of the Communist party in the country “is much lower than the negative attitude to pension reform as a whole.” “So we certainly hope that people of different views will be joined to our formulation,” he said, stressing that the initiative doesn’t wear party colors.

The leader “Fair Russia” Sergei Mironov, who criticized the idea of the Communist party referendum, called initiative Sviridov Amateur.

Activists from the suburbs

The question that I propose to put to a referendum representatives of the all-Russian Union of public organizations that work with large families is this: “do you Support that the established legislation of the Russian Federation on pension provision as at 1 July 2018, the age at which there is a right to a retirement pension cannot be increased?”.

The Union President Marina Semenova told reporters that their organization does not cooperate with any political forces and expects to Finance the preparations for the referendum only on the help of concerned citizens. “Nobody [from politicians] we did not go, we are absolutely apolitical; in those regions that actively respond, we will begin to hold meetings”, she said.

Together with other initiators of the referendum, for example, with Sviridov or the Communist party, the activists do not plan to. “I would not want to do to someone before the election PR campaign,” – said Semyonov.

According to her, their Union includes 46 regional organizations. “We have a meeting already took place on this occasion, I hope our colleagues will join the effort, we will try”, she said.

The main force, which the community members are planning to base the organization of the referendum, are a large family and their entourage, although the question of raising the retirement age is of concern to all Russians, underlined Semenov. She expressed confidence that the organization of the referendum will require a “little money”.

The proposal of the government

The state Duma on July 19 adopted in first reading the government draft law on changes in the pension system, involving, in particular, increasing the age of retirement for a long transition period to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. The large-scale discussion of the initiative continues, the proposals for revision of the draft law will be collected and recorded in the form of amendments to the second reading, which will take place in the fall. The deadline for submitting amendments is extended from August 18 to September 24.

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