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Barnaul municipal elections demonstrate light poll

October 15, 2012, 10:55 UTC+3

The Altai Territory’s Elections Commission reports only 17.63 of those eligible to vote participated in the poll

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BARNAUL, October 15 (Itar-Tass) —— The elections to Barnaul’s city Duma demonstrated lowest ever poll in the region. Besides, the elections were most scandalous.

The Altai Territory’s Elections Commission reports only 17.63 of those eligible to vote participated in the poll. This figure is even lower than that of 2008, where the reports quoted 18.4 percent. Following processing of 100 percent of protocols from electoral districts, United Russia won the rush with 50.17 percent of the vote. CPRF scored 16.57 percent, A Just Russia – 11.09 percent. The final lines in the list are given to LDPR with 7.84 percent and to RPR-PARNAS – 5.44 percent.

It is not clear yet whether the top figure on the list of RPR-PARNAS Vladimir Ryzhkov will become a local deputy. On the eve of the elections he said honestly that he would participate in the elections in the city, which had given him a “start” to the State Duma twice already.

The opposition in Barnaul have announced United Russia could not have scored over 30 percent. In the elections to the State Duma in December, United Russia in the Altai Territory received slightly over 40 percent of the vote having demonstrated one of lowest results in Barnaul. The opposition and United Russia called the elections in Barnaul most dirty ones and accused each other of various breaches.

The Altai Territory’s chief police department reports that during the election campaign they received 131 applications on violations of election legislations, and on the very elections day the number of received application made 61. Most of them were registered in the administrative centre of the Territory. Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Altai Territory’s elections commission Irina Akimova has announced the violation facts stated in the applications are not true to life. Practically all claims filed to the elections commission originated from A Just Russia.

For United Russia, the elections to Barnaul’s municipal Duma were very successful. The local parliament is elected against a mixed system. Following the elections in 2008, United Russia received 27 out of 35 seats in Barnaul’s municipal legislative assembly. The new Duma will consist of 40 deputies. The seats from single-seat electoral districts /20/ will be taken by deputies of United Russia who won in every district in Barnaul.

The results of United Russia in elections in the Altai Territory’s other regions are no less successful. In elections to Kamensk assembly the party scored 44.92 percent, in the elections to Rubtsovsk assembly – 45 percent. It is worth mentioning that Rubtsovsk, experiencing social problems of a mono-enterprise city, traditionally has been supporting communists, and still United Russia won in every single-seat electoral district.

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