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MOSCOW, May 23. /TASS/. The results of the preliminary voting (primaries) of the United Russia to select candidates for elections to the 450-seat State Duma (lower house of parliament) have shown that the electorate, including in the major cities, cast their votes for members of the All-Russia People’s Front (ONF), the Federal Organizing Committee (FOC) for the primaries told TASS on Monday.
"According to the preliminary voting results of United Russia, we can say that the electors prefer to vote for ONF representatives in the largest cities," FOC said.
Thus, according to the organizing committee, "in Moscow, Lyubov Dukhanina wins in the voting by the list, and in St. Petersburg Sergey Boyarsky has taken the second place in the list." Also, "Yevgeny Revenko has taken the first place in the list in Voronezh, Sergey Sokol is one of the winners in Krasnoyarsk, Yelena Yampolskaya tops the list in Chelyabinsk," the organizing committee said.
In addition, the Federal Organizing Committee said, "Yevgeny Moskvichev tops the list in Volgograd, Leonid Ogul has won in Astrakhan, Olga Timofeyeva won the first place in the list in Stavropol, Olga Savastyanova - in Syktyvkar, Anna Kuznetsova is the first in Penza and Alexander Iltyakov has won in Kurgan".
"In Krasnodar, head of the ONF Center for Legal Support of Journalists Natalya Kostenko is among the troika of the leaders," the Federal Organizing Committee added.
On Sunday, preliminary voting (primaries) of the United Russia party was held throughout the country. The participation in primaries is mandatory for candidates to be nominated from the party at the State Duma elections. According to United Russia data, a total of 2,781 candidates have taken part in the primaries. According to Co-Chairman of the ONF Central Headquarters Alexander Brechalov, about 200 ONF activists took part in the preliminary voting.
Based on the results of voting for the pre-election party congress, which is scheduled for June, a list of candidates for single-mandate constituencies and the regional lists of the most popular candidates, which will run from the party at the Duma elections, are being prepared. Preliminary results of the primaries will be announced by the Federal Organizing Committee for the primaries by May 27.
Elections to the seventh Russian State Duma will be held on September 18 under a mixed system: 225 lawmakers will be elected in one-seat constituencies and another 225 will be elected by party tickets.