KHABAROVSK, September 2 (Itar-Tass) —— The Amur regional electoral commission finalized the registration of gubernatorial candidates on Friday. There will be four candidates, in all.
The registration was granted to Dmitry Zharovsky, a nominee of the regional organization of A Just Russia, incumbent Governor Oleg Kozhemyako (United Russia), Ivan Abramov (the Liberal Democratic Party) and Roman Kobyzov (the Communist Party), deputy chairperson of the regional electoral commission Viktoria Viskulova told Itar-Tass.
The registration was denied to Right Cause’s Viktor Cheremisin who collected 38 valid signatures of municipal council deputies instead of 41, she said. The other rejected candidate is Sergei Puzikov. He was a Right Cause member at the moment he was nominated by the regional organization of the Republican Party of Russia. That duality disagreed with the law.
For the first time in eight years gubernatorial elections will take place in five regions of Russia – Bryansk, Novgorod, Amur, Belgorod and Ryazan – on October 14. The law on direct gubernatorial elections entered into force on July 1, 2012.
The law says that citizens shall elect governors in a universal, equal, direct and secret ballot. Candidates may be nominated by parties or be self-nominated. The parties may nominate a non-party member, too.
The president may express the wish for consultations with the party nominating a gubernatorial candidate or a self-nominated candidate. The procedure was called “the presidential filter.” There is the municipal filter too. A successful applicant needs support of 5% to 10% of municipal council deputies – the threshold is set in each particular region. Self-nominated candidates need to collect signatures of 0.5-2% of local residents in their support.