Article 97. Responsibility for the Violation of Russian Federation Laws on the Election of Deputies of the State Duma V.V Putin
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Article 97. Responsibility for the Violation of Russian Federation Laws on the Election of Deputies of the State Duma



Article 97. Responsibility for the Violation of Russian Federation Laws on the Election of Deputies of the State Duma


Criminal, administrative or other responsibility shall be established for the violation of Russian Federation laws on the election of deputies of the State Duma, in accordance with the federal laws.

Chapter XIII. Concluding and Transitional Provisions


Article 98. Entry into Force of this Federal Law
Article 99. Participation of Federal Lists of Candidates in the Distribution of Deputy Seats After the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Convocation Elected for the First Time under This Federal Law

Article 98. Entry into Force of this Federal Law


1. This Federal Law shall enter into force from the day of its official publication.
2. The following shall no longer be in force form the day when this Federal Law enters into force:
Federal Law No. 121-FZ of June 24, 1999 «On the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation» (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 1999, No. 26, art. 3178);
Federal Law No. 35-FZ of April 12, 2001 «On the Amendment of Clause 11, Article 51 of the Federal Law `On the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation' « (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2001, No. 16, art. 1532);
Federal Law No. 89-FZ of July 10, 2001 « On the Introduction of Modifications and Amendments and in the Federal Laws `On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum' and `On the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation' « (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2001, No. 29, art. 2944);
Clause 38, Article 2 of Federal Law No. 31-FZ of March 21, 2002 «On Bringing Legislative Acts in Line with the Federal Law `On State Registration of Legal Entities'» (Collection of Laws of the Russian Federation, 2002, No. 12, art. 1093).
3. If there is no office of head of a municipality and the municipality has no representative body of local self-government or if the representative body of local self-government has not appointed a person authorized to perform electoral actions under this Federal Law, such electoral actions shall be performed by the head of the executive body of state power of the Russian Federation subject or by some other official appointed by him.
4. In the conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma of the convocation elected for the first time under this Federal Law:
(1) Clauses 7 and 8, Article 45 of the Federal Law shall not apply;
(2) political parties formed through transformation of public associations, including those which were comprised in electoral blocs, if in debt to TV and radio broadcasting organizations and the editorial offices of print media as of the day of the official publication of the decision to call the election shall not be entitled to free space in print media when this election is held. This provision shall also apply to electoral blocs formed with the participation of such political parties or other all-Russia public associations;
(3) If a political public association, which was recognized as an electoral association and had the right to propose candidatures of members of election commissions and make proposals about extension of invitations to foreign (international) observers before this Federal Law entered into force, underwent transformation which did not affect its status as a political public association or was transformed into a political party, it shall retain the right to make such proposals. A voluntary association of two and more electoral associations, which was recognized as an electoral bloc and had the right to propose candidatures of members of election commissions and make proposals about extension of invitations to foreign (international) observers before this Federal Law entered into force shall retain the right to make such proposals. Subject to the decision of a duly authorized body such electoral bloc may grant this right to one of the electoral associations comprised in the given electoral bloc or to an electoral association founded by the electoral associations comprised in this electoral bloc. If this electoral association undergoes transformation which does not affect its status as a political public association or is transformed into a political party, it shall retain the right to make such proposals.
If the first election of deputies of the State Duma after entry into force of this Federal Law is announced before the elapse of two years from the day when the Federal Law «On Political Parties « entered into force, all-Russia political public associations may participate in this election with the same rights as political parties. These political public associations, or modifications and amendments introduced in the charters of public associations to grant them the status of political public associations, shall be registered not later than one year before voting day. This time requirement shall not apply to other modifications and amendments introduced in the charters of political public associations. The list of such political public associations shall be made up by the federal justice authority. At the request of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation this list made up as of the date of the request shall be forwarded to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation within ten days of receipt of such request.

Article 99. Participation of Federal Lists of Candidates in the Distribution of Deputy Seats After the Election of Deputies of the State Duma of the Convocation Elected for the First Time under This Federal Law


After the election of deputies of the Sate Duma of the convocation elected for the first time under this Federal Law the following modifications shall be introduced in this Federal Law:
Clause 16, Article 47 shall read as follows:
«16. If, 35 days before voting day, no candidates or only one candidate is registered in a single-seat electoral district and less than two federal lists of candidates are registered in the federal electoral district, then by the decision of, respectively, a relevant district election commission, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the election shall be postponed for a period not exceeding two months for the additional nomination of candidates, federal lists of candidates and performance of subsequent electoral actions.»;
clause 11 of Article 52 shall read as follows:
«11. If, by voting day, no registered candidates or only one registered candidate remains in an electoral district or if less than two registered federal lists of candidates remain in the federal electoral district, then, by the decision of, respectively, a relevant district election commission, the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the election shall be postponed for a period not exceeding two months in a single-seat electoral district and not exceeding three months in the federal electoral district for additional nomination of candidates, lists of candidates and performance of subsequent electoral actions.»;
in Article 84:
Clauses 3 to 5 shall read as follows:
«3. Registered federal lists of candidates shall be included in the distribution of deputy seats if each such registered federal list of candidates received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district, provided that voting was conducted on not less than four federal lists of candidates, that there were not less than four federal lists of candidates each of which received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote and that all these lists together received more than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district. In this case other federal lists of candidates shall not be included in the distribution of deputy seats for the federal electoral district. If voting was conducted on less than four federal lists of candidates and each of them received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district, all these federal lists of candidates shall be included in the distribution of deputy seats provided that all these lists received together more than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district.
4. If the federal lists of candidates each of which received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district together received 50 percent or less than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district, such federal lists of candidates shall be included in the distribution of deputy seats together with federal lists of candidates which received less than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district and which shall be consecutively included in the distribution of deputy seats in the order of the decreasing number of votes until the total number of votes cast for all federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy seats exceeds 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district and not less than four federal lists or, if voting was conducted on less than four federal lists of candidates, all federal lists of candidates are included in the distribution of deputy seats.
5. If less than four federal lists of candidates, each of which received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district received together more than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district and the other federal lists of candidates received less than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district, then the federal lists of candidates each of which received 7 percent and more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district shall be included in the distribution of deputy seats together with federal lists of candidates which received less than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district and which shall be consecutively included in the distribution of deputy seats in the order of the decreasing number of votes until the total number of federal lists of candidates included in the distribution of deputy seats reaches four. If voting was conducted on less than four federal lists of candidates and these lists received together more than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district, all federal lists of candidates on which voting was conducted shall be included in the distribution of deputy seats.»;
Clause 11 shall read as follows:
«11. The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall declare the election in the federal electoral district not to have taken place:
(1) if less than 25 per cent of the number of voters included in the voters lists took part in the election in the federal electoral district;
(2) if none of the federal lists of candidates received 7 percent or more than 7 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district;
(3) if deputy seats were distributed on the basis of Clause 4 of this article and, as a result, federal lists of candidates that may be included in the distribution of deputy seats received together 50 percent or less than 50 percent of the vote in the federal electoral district.».

V.V Putin


President of the Russian Federation

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