MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Women’s Dialogue party will convene a congress on December 18, during which the party’s leader Yelena Semerikova will be nominated for the upcoming presidential election.
"We will convene a congress on December 18, that is when I will be nominated," Semerikova told TASS on Tuesday.
According to her, the party has branches in 47 of Russia’s regions. Besides, the Women’s Dialogue expects to obtain the votes of Russians living abroad, particularly in the United States, where many calls and messages of support come from.
A large part of Semerikova’s electoral program will be dedicated to social issues. "We will speak about the family institution as it is society’s foundation… We want our citizens to develop our lands, our women to bear more children, the government to provide land to large families," Semerikova said. She added that the program would also include anti-war rhetoric.
According to the party’s website, the Women’s Dialogue party was founded in 2012 based on a nationwide social organization of the same name.
The presidential election in Russia will take place on March 18, 2018. The election campaign will officially start between December 7 and 17, after the Federation Council (upper house of parliament) calls the election. Until then, it is impossible to nominate candidates.
However, Russian Liberal-Democratic Party (LDPR) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky, Communists of Russia leader Maxim Suraikin, TV host Ksenia Sobchak, singer and human rights activist Yekaterina Gordon have already announced their plans to run for president, as well as blogger Alexei Navalny, though head of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova has clarified it many times that he is not eligible to be registered as a presidential candidate because of his criminal record.
According to the Russian presidential election law, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties are eligible to nominate candidates, but each non-parliamentary party needs to collect at least 100,000 voters’ signatures in support of its candidate. Besides, a Russian citizen has the right to register as an independent presidential candidate provided he or she collects at least 300,000 signatures.