MOSCOW, December 20 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Central Elections Committee will on Tuesday consider the question of registration of Vladimir Putin as presidential candidate. After that he will officially joint the presidential race.
The United Russia party nominated Putin as presidential candidate at its congress on November 27.
On December 7, the premier submitted his documents to the Central Elections Committee, including his agreement to run for president.
On December 11, the Central Elections Committee registered authorized representatives of the United Russia party and the candidate’s authorized representatives for financial issues; it gave permission to open a special account for the formation of an election fund.
The Central Elections Committee has ten days to register or reject Putin’s candidacy.
At the moment, ten people are contending to run in presidential elections. Apart from Vladimir Putin, they include Sergey Mironov nominated at the congress of the Just Russia party on December 10. He has recently submitted his documents to the Central Elections Committee for official registration. Other candidates are Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the irreplaceable leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and Grigory Yavlinsky, nominated by the Yabloko party.
Five self-nominated candidates passed a preliminary stage for registration on December 18. Entrepreneur Mikhail Prokhorov, Irkutsk regional Governor Dmitry Mezentsev and others, including Grigory Yasvlisnky, will have to collect two million signatures in their support.
The candidates can get no more than 50,000 signatures in one region.
The contenders are supposed to submit the signed lists to the Central Elections Committee before 18:00 Moscow time on January 18, 2012. Russian voters will know whose names have been included in the ballot papers for the March 4 presidential elections by the end of January.