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RCP regards Duma poll illegitimate especially on some regions

December 10, 2011, 14:59 UTC+3

The final results of elections were approved unanimously on December 9 by all members of the CEC

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MOSCOW, December 10 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Communist Party regards the past elections to the State Duma dishonest and illegitimate and does not recognize their results in a number of regions, says a statement by the presidium of the party’s central committee; its text is placed at the party’s official site on Saturday.

Communists claim that United Russia was far from the half of votes of the electorate that was “depicted” for it by ruefilly known “ministry of elections”. “Such a dishonest result could be squeezed out only thanks to the use of the administrative pressure, coercion of voters, dependant on authorities, and demonstration of overt crime,” the Communist Party claims.

The statement lists a number of violations which, according to the Communist Party’s data, took place during the elections, including falsification, mass eviction of observers from opposition parties from polling stations and illegal advertising.

“The Russian Communist Party states that the past elections to the State Duma were dishonest and not free. We regard them illegitimate both from the moral and political points of view,” the statements emphasizes.

The Communist Party refuses to recognize announced polling results for a number of regions, including Mordovia, Dagestan, Tyva, Chechnya and Ingushetia, which showed the highest percentage of voting for United Russia.

“The Russian Communist Party demands ditching polling results in regions, municipalities and at polling stations where crude violations of polling legislation were recorded,” the document underlines.

The party also reports that its legal service “prepared statements and addresses to courts and law enforcement bodies on thousands of violations at the elections”. Communists promise to announce in a special “Black Paper” to be published by the voting results, all these facts and names of office-holders, connected with illegal actions”.

Meantime, the party also notes that it succeeded in winning a victory “in many major industrial, scientific and cultural centres – from Novosibirsk, Omsk and Vladivostok up to Voronezh, Ryazan and Orenburg”, for which Communists express gratitude to their voters.

Communists appraise the past campaign as “the dirtiest and dishonest over the past 20 years”, accusing structures, engaged in organization and holding elections, that they “resemble an octopus, aimed at one tough task: to squeeze out the needed result for the ruling party”.

The Communist Party reckons that such practices may turn into “ social upheavals”, in connection with which it called on the ruling party “to sack and to meter out an exemplary punishment to executives of regions, heads of local administrations and chairmen of election commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation where total outrage over the will of citizens is recorded”.

The Communist Party also “expresses mistrust and demands a resignation of the chairman of the Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov as incapable of organizing honest elections”.

This statement was taken on December 8. CEC member with the deliberative vote from the Communist Party Kirill Serdyukov expressed its content on December 7 at a meeting of the CEC that was summing up the final results of elections to the State Duma, including Churov’s resignation. Besides, Serdyukov suggested that CEC members should discuss the question on the CEC chariman’s resignation at the start of the meeting. However this initiative was declined.

The final results of elections were approved unanimously on December 9 by all members of the CEC.

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