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NOVOSIBIRSK, April 06, 17:49 /ITAR-TASS/. Voter turnout at the early mayoral elections in Russia’s Siberian city of Novosibirsk was 31.4 percent, the city election commission said on Sunday after the polling stations were closed. Five years ago, when the last elections of the city mayor were held, the turnout was 48.9 percent.
The highest turnout was reported from Novosibirsk Central district. As of 20:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time), as many as 42 percent of eligible voters took part in the polling, the city election commission said. The elections are held in one round. A successful candidate has to score the simple majority of the vote. The elections will be valid regardless of the turnout.
Eleven candidates are vying for the post of mayor of Novosibirsk: acting mayor of Novosibirsk Vladimir Znatkov (the United Russia party); lawmakers from the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Anatoly Lokot (the Communist Party) and Dmitry Savelyev (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia); Sergei Troitsky, the leader of the Corrosion of Metal group (Against All movement); Vladimir Anisimov, the former vice-governor of the Novosibirsk region (Russian Cities); Anatoly Kubanov, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Novosibirsk region (A Just Russia party); Alexander Tarkov (The Working Russia); Alexei Yuzhanin (The Party of Russia’s Spiritual Transformation); Sergei Ovchinnikov (The Russian Party of People’s Governance) and Roman Starikov (The Communists of Russia). Pensioner Yevgeny Loginov, representing the Russian Breakthrough movement, is the only self-nominated candidate.
The Novosibirsk elections went down in the Russian Book of Records by the number of candidates who initially submitted their registration documents - 35.
The early mayoral elections were appointed after Novosibirsk’s former mayor Vladimir Gorodetsky, who has occupied the post since 2000, stepped down ahead of time on January 9, 2014. He was appointed vice-governor of the Novosibirsk region on the same day. After the resignation of the Novosibirsk region’s former governor Vasily Yurchenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed the former Novosibirsk mayor as acting governor of the region.