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NOVOSIBIRSK, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov has applied to take part in the election of the Novosibirsk city mayor due on April 6. On Thursday he submitted his documents to the Novosibirsk election commission, a source from the commission told Itar-Tass. Ponomaryov will run for the mayor's post as an independent candidate, he said in his blog on Twitter.
Earlier, Ilya Ponomaryov was one of the initiators of an agreement, concluded by a group of candidates from the opposition who agreed to coordinate their election campaigns in the coming election of the Novosibirsk mayor. Head of the Novosibirsk department of the Communist party Anatoly Lokot, leader of the Patriots of Russia regional organization Alexander Mukharitsin, former deputy economics minister Ivan Starikov signed the agreement.
For the time being five hopefuls for the mayor's post have submitted their documents to the Novosibirsk election commission, including former Duma deputy from LDPP faction Yevgeny Loginov, Director of an Organization of non-commerce partnership for support to franchise in the Novosibirsk region Alexander Shevchenko, unemployed Yevgeny Slobodin, Director of Novosibirsk city hospital Oleg Khromin and pensioner Viktor Lunev.
The Novosibirsk election commission will accept applications from potential candidates until afternoon February 22. Independent candidates have to collect no fewer than 5,807 signatures of city residents in their support to be registered by the Novosibirsk election commission.
The election campaign starts on March 8 and is to continue until April 5.
The early election of the Novosibirsk mayor was appointed because the former mayor, Vladimir Gorodetsky, who had been head of the Novosibirsk administration since 2000, surrendered his powers on January 9 and on the same day was appointed Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk region.