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MOSCOW, January 24 (Itar-Tass) —— There is no politics, simple arithmetic in the case of Yabloko Party nominee Grigory Yavlinsky, Central Elections Commission Secretary Nikolai Konkin said on Tuesday.
“It is a fact that plenty of xerographic copies of signatures are found, and the law requires that the registration must be denied,” he said.
A total of 25.66% of signatures in support of Yabloko nominee Grigory Yavlinsky proved unreliable or invalid in the second verification procedure, Konkin said.
In all, 600,000 signatures in support of Yavlinsky were verified in two takes. The second verification revealed an even bigger number of flawed signatures, which exceeded the 5% limit by more than five times. This means Yavlinsky practically has no chance to be registered as a presidential candidate.
The large number of flawed signatures resulted from the xerographic copies, Konkin said. He said that Yavlinsky presented xerographic copies of signatures themselves.
The working group will recommend the Central Elections Commission to deny registration to Yavlinsky. When the protocol is issued to Yavlinsky or his representatives, they will have two days to raise objections.
“The question of the denial of registration can be discussed no earlier than 48 hours after the issue of the protocol,” Konkin said. Most probably, it will be discussed at the Central Elections Commission meeting on January 27, Friday. On the same day, the Central Elections Commission will consider the denial of registration of Irkutsk Governor Dmitry Mezentsev, who also had an excessive number of unreliable and invalid signatures on his lists.