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Civic Platform seeks to invalidate Zhukovsky mayoral election

April 01, 2013, 14:55 UTC+3

Party leader, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, says the Sunday mayoral election in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, was marred by mass violations

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MOSCOW, April 1 (Itar-Tass) – Civic Platform Party leader, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov , says the Sunday mayoral election in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, was marred by mass violations and says it’s results must be invalidated.

The web site of Civic Platform quotes him as saying he will seek holding liable those responsible for falsifications.

He said “mass stuffing” was fixed during the Sunday election. “The only correct decision under such circumstances would be to invalidate the election, sack the head of the Moscow region election commission, and deliver the head of the district election commission with ‘a billiards name’ into the hands of law enforcement agencies, after which to combine the mayoral election with the gubernatorial,” his statement said.

According to Prokhorov, Civic Platform “will look into each case of a violation and will seek to hold those responsible criminally and administratively liable”.

On Friday, Prokhorov wrote an open letter to Acting Governor of the Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov on the situation with the mayoral election, saying in particular, that “falsifications are being prepared in the city”.

Self-nominated candidate Andrei Voityuk has won the mayoral election in the city of Zhukovsky, Moscow region, the chairman of the regional election commission said earlier on Monday.

According to Irek Vildanov, Voityuk, commander of Ministry for Emergency situations’ Airlift and Rescue Center, got 36.77 percent of the vote.

Igor Novikov supported by Civic Platform of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov came second with 27.66 percent of the vote. Communist Alexander Anikanov polled 25.04 percent, coming third.

Musician Sergei Troitsky received a meager 2.29 percent of the vote.

All in all 30,929 people or 38.5 percent of eligible voters took part in the election.

According to Vildanov, “there were no major violations that would call into question the results of the vote”.


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