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Over 103,000 candidates to take part in Russia’s elections — commission

August 19, 2016, 17:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Elections to the 450-seat Russian State Duma will be held on September 18

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MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. The number of registered candidates for the upcoming elections at all levels, from municipal to federal, to be held on September 18 has exceeded 103,000 people, Ella Pamfilova, the head of Russia’s Central Election Commission, said on Friday.

"A total of 116,623 candidates have been nominated, 103,226 of them have been registered," she said, adding that the candidates were put forward by 49 parties and six civic movements.

Pamfilova said at a meeting on August 17 that the total number of registered candidates was 102,213.

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 got underway. 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.

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