Central Election Commission Head Ella Pamfilova has expressed her views on democracy, describing it as a method of forming power through elections. Her comments come at a time when Russia is preparing for regional elections across the country, The Moscow Times reported.
Central Election Commission Head Ella Pamfilova On Democracy
Central Election Commission Head Ella Pamfilova, known for overseeing controversial online voting, term limit adjustments, and disputed referendums in occupied Ukraine, questioned the effectiveness of Western-style democracy.
Central Election Commission Head Ella Pamfilova criticized what she perceives as the rule of the minority rather than the majority in Western democracies, stating that such a democracy is not suitable for Russia. She emphasized the efficiency of her agency, describing it as one of the most effective among Russian governmental structures, achieving tasks with minimal expenditures and maximal efficiency.
These remarks come ahead of upcoming regional elections in Russia and the anticipated 2024 presidential election, in which President Vladimir Putin is expected to seek re-election for a fifth term. Sources close to the presidential administration have reportedly indicated that regional authorities are aiming for a significant majority of votes in favor of Putin.
Central Election Commission Head Ella Pamfilova’s Remarks
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov recently referred to elections in Russia as “costly bureaucracy” and suggested that it might be theoretically possible to forego presidential elections next year, given Putin’s anticipated victory.
In recent developments, Russian authorities have charged the co-chair of Golos, a leading independent election monitor in the country, with running an “undesirable” organization. These actions contribute to an evolving political landscape as Russia approaches its upcoming elections and grapples with questions about the nature of its democratic processes.