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Elections to be held in flood-stricken regions on time

September 06, 2013, 12:38 UTC+3
There are no reasons to cancel or postpone the elections in connection with the large-scale flood, Russian deputy presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District said
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Photo ITAR-TASS/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Photo ITAR-TASS/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

KHABAROVSK, September 6 (Itar-Tass) - The flood has made corrections, but the gubernatorial and municipal elections in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Amur Region will not be postponed.

There are no reasons to cancel or postpone the elections in connection with the large-scale flood, Russian deputy presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Vladimir Pysin confirmed to Itar-Tass on Friday.

Besides, the early vote started in the region in late August.

There are 811 polling stations for the gubernatorial elections, four of them aboard sea and river vessels. Nine polling stations are flooded or located in the flooded zone. Other four stations may be flooded in the Nanai district. They may be transferred to another place within the residential area. And one is in the flooded zone in the Amur Region, regional election commission head Gennady Nakushnov said.

ITAR-TASS InfographicsAfter some polling stations were flooded, heads of district election commissions proposed to begin an early vote.

The early elections are held in the Nanai district and the settlements of Belgo and Cherny Mys, the Komsomolsk district. The vote has already taken place in four settlements in the Nikolayevsk district, Nakushnov said.

In the flooded areas, where the elections will be held on September 8, polling stations are transferred to reserve premises at schools. The same situation is in flood-stricken Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Election commissions receive applications from residents who will vote at other places, but not at polling stations. Members of the commissions will go with ballot boxes to disabled and ill people and residents at stations for evacuees.

Four candidates are on the ballot list for the post of governor in the Khabarovsk Territory - Acting Governor Vyacheslav Shport (United Russia), Sergei Yashchuk (Just Russia), Sergei Furgal (LGPR) and Viktor Postnikov (CPRF).

In Chukotka, where five candidates from political parties are registered for the gubernatorial elections, 68% of the voters have already cast their votes. The eastern region is the first to open polling stations in Russia, when it is midnight in Moscow.

There are 57 polling stations in the region, and 366 members of election commissions will work there.

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