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Over 73,000 signatures needed for Moscow mayoral candidate to be registered

June 10, 2013, 18:04 UTC+3

A candidate also needs to garner the support of local Council members in no less than 110 of Moscow’s 146 municipalities

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MOSCOW, June 10 (Itar-Tass) - A self-nominated candidate for the post of Moscow mayor needs to collect 73,021 signatures from voters and 1,810 signatures from local Council deputies.

A candidate also needs to garner the support of local Council members in no less than 110 of Moscow’s 146 municipalities.

A candidate has 30 days to collect signatures from the date when the Moscow city election commission publishes its decision to hold early direct mayoral elections in the official press.

The signatures of municipal Council deputies are to be collected in parallel and submitted to the election commission together with the signatures of voters.

The number of signatures to be submitted should not exceed 5 percent of the signatures collected from the constituencies and 5 signatures collected from municipal Council deputies.

The election commission has approved the schedule of election events to prepare and conduct the mayoral elections.

“We are calculating the amount [of money to be allocated for the purpose from the city budget]. It was provided for in the draft budget up to 2015, but there are special deflators and the number needs to be recalculated. It’s more than 400 million roubles, judging from the previous City Duma elections,” election commission chairman Valentin Gorbunov told ITAR-TASS on Monday, June 10.

He said the biggest part of this money will be used to pay for the printing of ballots and a part to pay the members of local election commissions.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on early termination of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s tour of duty.

Sobyanin had earlier tendered resignation, asking the president to accept it.

Putin accepted his resignation and instructed him to remain as acting mayor of Moscow until the mayoral election, the date of which will be set by the Moscow City Duma.

At a meeting with Putin on June 5, Sobyanin said he had discussed the issue of holding an early mayoral election in Moscow with the Moscow City Duma deputies and representatives of the local authorities at a meeting of the Public Council.

“This is the first time in the last ten years that it is now legally possible to hold such an election, and after consultations, I decided that it would be the right thing to hold this election this year,” the mayor said.

Putin noted that Sobyanian had been working successfully and asked him to continue this work. “I will sign today an executive order naming you as acting mayor until the election, and I ask you to ensure that all of the city’s services continue working without problem,” he said.

“No matter what the domestic political events are going on, in a huge city like Moscow, maintaining social and public order is essential. I hope you will manage. We have been working together for a long time now and I know your abilities,” Putin said.

He asked Sobyanin if he was going to run in the election.

“Yes, Mr President,” the mayor replied. “We have a number of big programmes underway in Moscow and it would not be right to abandon them midway. I therefore think I should run in the election.”

Putin wished him success.

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