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Absurd and discriminatory norms of the law On the Basic Guarantees of Franchise should be abolished

Statement by the YABLOKO party
May 25, 2010

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses support to Andrei Malitsky in his litigation of the norm of the Federal Law On the Basic Guarantees of Franchise and the Right to Participate in a Referendum.

According to the present norm of the law, a citizen of the Russian Federation having residence permits in other states is not allowed to be member of electoral commission.

Being a citizen of Russia Malitsky received a residence permit in Lithuania in June 2009. In view of this he was expelled from the Territorial Electoral Commission of Preobrazhenskoye District, Moscow, where he represented the interests of the YABLOKO party.

The YABLOKO party considers a number of norms of this law anti-constitutional, as they deprive citizens of a basic passive franchise prohibiting them to participate in the electoral process. This violates the basic democratic principles: the right of the citizens of the Russian Federation to participate in the governing, via elections inclusive, to elect and be elected into the state power and local self-governing bodies (Constitution of the Russian Federation, Article 32, paragraphs 1 and 2).

The YABLOKO party states that a person having Russias citizenship should enjoy the civil rights in the full extent. A residence permit can not serve as an evidence of his or her voluntary refusal of the rights on the territory of Russia.

We demand abrogation of discriminatory legal norms.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chairman of the YABLOKO party


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Today, on May 25, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation will examine the complaint by Andrei Malitsky of violation of his constitutional rights by the provisions of subparagraph a of item 1, subparagraph a of item 8 of Article 29 of the Federal Law On the Basic Guarantees of Franchise and the Right to Participate in a Referendum.


See also:

Human Rights

On supporting Andrei Malitsky in his litigation of violation of constitutional rights of the Russian citizens having residence permits in other countries. Statement by the Regional Council of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO. September 3, 2009

 




May 25, 2010