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28 contenders file documents to be registered as candidates for Moscow mayor

June 25, 2013, 17:20 UTC+3

The Moscow city election commission has been receiving documents for candidates' registration since June11

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MOSCOW, June 25 (Itar-Tass) - As many as 28 contenders for the post of Moscow’s mayor have filed their documents with the Moscow city election commission as of Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, two more self-nominated candidates, Samson Sholademi, 36, an owner of a private business, and Alexei Danilov, 44, an unemployed, submitted their documents.

The Moscow city election commission has been receiving documents for candidates' registration since June11. Starting from this date, candidates have 30 days to collect signatures and submit their documents.

To be registered as a mayoral candidate, a contender has to overcome a so-called “municipal filter,” or to collect at least 110 signatures of lawmakers from 146 municipal formations. In all, there are 1,810 municipal lawmakers in Moscow, and each of them can sign in favor of only one candidate. It means that in formal terms, only 16 contenders who have filed their document with the Moscow city election commission may count to win their support. Out of the current 28 contenders, eighteen are self-nominees, the rest have been nominated by political parties.

Early elections of the Moscow mayor will be held on September 8. It will be the first direct polls in Moscow in the past ten years.

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