MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS/. The ruling United Russia party is considering giving up the nomination of candidates at the elections to the State Duma in some electoral districts where representatives of the Communist Party of Russia (KPRF) intend to run, a source in the party told TASS on Wednesday.
"As part of preparing for the election congress, United Russia continues discussing the possibility of giving up the nomination of its candidates in some single-seat constituencies for keeping professional and effectively working representatives of other parliamentary parties in the State Duma," the source said.
According to the source, the United Russia party is discussing the possibility of giving up its participation in three single-seat constituencies in the Omsk Region, St. Petersburg and the Krasnodar Territory where KPRF representatives are set to run.
A source earlier said that United Russia might give up fielding its candidates in some single-seat electoral districts in favor of the A Just Russia party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR).
These steps considered by United Russia are aimed at "preserving the professionalism and the working efficiency of the State Duma, and the party is acting in the interests of keeping the representation of effective deputies in the State Duma, taking into account the transition to the elections under a mixed electoral system," the source said.
United Russia has not officially commented on this information, saying it is necessary to wait until its congress to be held on June 26-27.
The elections to the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, will be held on September 18 under a mixed electoral system: 225 deputies will be elected on party lists and 225 in single-seat constituencies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on June 17 on holding the parliamentary elections. The decree was published on the same day. From this moment, the election campaign has officially started in Russia.