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KRASNOYARSK, June 10 (Itar-Tass) —— All the 371 polling stations closed in Krasnoyarsk at 8:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. Moscow time) on Sunday upon the end of the mayoral election.
The final turnout data will be published soon, but it is already known the turnout is twice smaller than in the presidential election of March 4, 2012. The reason is not political pessimism but the heat of 32 degrees Centigrade. Most of nearly 722,000 Krasnoyarsk residents preferred going to the countryside to appearing at polling stations.
Meanwhile, mayoral candidates had highly inventive canvassing campaigns. Twenty-four persons applied to the city elections commission for being registered as mayoral candidates and most of them dropped their applications later on. The candidate list shrank to ten.
Then three candidates opposing United Russia withdrew from the race on June 4 in the primaries initiated by Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov and urged supporters to cast their votes for the fourth opposition candidate, Alexander Koropachinsky, general director of a large construction company and a candidate of A Just Russia.
Finally, Krasnoyarsk residents were offered to choose between Edham Akbulatov (United Russia), Maxim Ivanych, Nina Kovrova and Alexander Koropachinsky (A Just Russia), Alexei Meshcheryakov and Mikhail Oskolkov (Communist Party) and Alexei Podkorytov.
Russian Central Elections Commission Deputy Chairman Leonid Ivlev, who visited Krasnoyarsk shortly before the mayoral elections, said it was a rehearsal of direct gubernatorial elections.