According to Washington Post June 25 2020, Voting for Russian Constitutional Reforms had begun amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Referendum was originally scheduled to be conducted on 22 April 2020 had to be rescheduled to 1st July this year following the rising number of Corona virus cases in Russia Federation. To maintain social distancing and prevent any sort of overcrowding, the polling stations were opened a week earlier.

About the Constitutional Reforms

Vladimir Putin’s (Present Russian President) current term as of the Vladimir Putin President of Russia ends in 2024. On 15 January 2020, President Vladimir Putin during his annual address to the Federal Assembly has announced amendments to 14 articles under the 1993 Constitution of Russia federation. For introducing these amendments, he called for a nationwide referendum or a national vote.

As per the amendments, the term of the current President and former Prime Minister (Dmitry Medvedev from 2008-2012) President of Russia will be reset or counted from 0 from 2024 so that either of them can be elected as the President again in 2024. At present, a person can serve as the President of Russia Federation for a maximum of two consecutive terms. A term of the President of Russia Federation is of 6 years.

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