The State Duma will consider the bill on mandatory television debates for candidates in elections

The State Duma will consider on Friday in the first reading a draft law on the introduction of mandatory participation in the televised debates for all candidates in the elections. The initiative was developed by the vice-speaker of the lower house of the faction “United Russia” Sergei Neverov.

As noted in the explanatory note to the bill, it is proposed to establish a “mandatory participation of electoral associations and registered candidates for joint campaigning events (debates) on the channels of state and municipal TV and radio broadcasting organizations.” At the same time, “You can only personal involvement in the debate.” “Now, as you know, the debate can and (third) person on behalf of political parties. It will be possible,” - he explained to journalists Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. The bill also stipulates that in case of violation of the requirements of the mandatory participation of the electoral association, candidate debates, due to them airtime goes opponent (opponents). “The project aims to raise awareness of voters about the candidates to identify and support the leaders of public opinion,” - stated in the accompanying documents. The norms of the bill apply to elections at all levels, except for presidential elections. It implies the amendment of the law on elections to the State Duma and “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the right to participate in a referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation.”

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