MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. More than 8,000 candidates have been nominated for the upcoming elections to Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) on party tickets and in single-mandate constituencies.
Over 3,900 of them have already been registered, Ella Pamfilova, chairperson of the Russian Central Election Commission, said Wednesday.
"A total of 8,071 candidates from 20 parties have been nominated to run in the State Duma elections," she told the commission’s meeting. "Of these, 3,970 candidates were registered from 13 parties."
Elections to the 450-seat 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. On June 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree setting the elections, which was published on the same day the election campaign officially kicked off. In addition to the State Duma elections, 39 regions will elect their legislative assemblies, while seven constituent regions will hold direct elections of their top officials. Concurrently, municipal elections will be held in about 5,000 constituencies.