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A Just Russia deputies snub official at mandate giving ceremony

December 14, 2011, 12:43 UTC+3
A Just Russia representative, said "our faction refused to take mandates from the head of the election commission which rigged the election"
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ST PETERSBURG, December 14 (Itar-Tass) — A Just Russia deputies elected to St.Petersburg's legislature walked out of the round house of the Mariinsky Palace on Wednesday during the ceremony to hand in mandates. The ceremony was led by chairman of the city election commission Alexander Gentov.

Alexei Kovalev, A Just Russia representative, said "our faction refused to take mandates from the head of the election commission which rigged the election."

Vadim Larionov was the only A Just Russia deputy who stayed back at the ceremony.

The representatives of other factions, including Yabloko and the Communists took their mandates from Gnetov. Grigory Yavlinsky, one of the Yabloko founders, received his mandate as well.

United Russia won 20 seats in St.Petersburg's legislative assembly, A Just Russia - 12, the Communists - 7, Yabloko - 6, and the Liberal Democratic Party - 5. Turnout was 55.01 percent, according to the city election officials. The city legislature will meet for its first session on December 14.

On Tuesday, the St.Petersburg branch of A Just Russia said it was launching a series of political actions demanding annulment of the results of the election to the city's legislature. It also demanded a vote recount.

It staged the first picket near the building of the Mariinsky Palace which accommodates the Petersburg Election Commission and the Legislative Assembly.

Head of the Party's St.Petersburg branch Oksana Dmitriyeva reminded that CEC's member Mikhail Voronkov with the right of decisive vote, had refused to sign the final documents and left the CEC's session in protest over election fraud.

"We officially do not recognize the results of the election to St.Petersburg's legislature and demand their annulment and a re-election," she stated.

Dmitriyeva claimed inconsistencies at more than 200 voting sanctions between the protocols and the Vybory automated system, which lost the Party 38,000 votes. In her opinion, "it is a sufficient reason to claim a considerable distortion of the voters’ will."

 

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