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Electoral official objects to return of ‘Against all Candidates’ option

September 05, 2011, 15:00 UTC+3
Ivanchenko has chaired the CEC in the past
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MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) — Secretary of the Central Electoral Commission, Nikolai Konkin has voiced strong objections to the proposals to revert to the ‘Against all Candidates’ option in the ballots.

He said it when a reporter asked him to comment on the proposal made by Alexander Ivanchenko, the director of the CEC’s Centre for Training in Electoral Technologies.

Ivanchenko has chaired the CEC in the past.

Konkin said he is not familiar with Konkin’s proposals in detail, yet he believes that a return of the option to the ballots might be counter-productive.

“Russia’s citizens should really elect their state authorities while negative voting isn’t very helpful in terms of creating a functional parliament,” he said.

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