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NOVOSIBIRSK, April 06 /ITAR-TASS/. No serious violations were reported during the early mayoral elections in Russia’s Siberian city of Novosibirsk, chairperson of the city election commission Olga Blago told journalists on Sunday.
“All polling stations are closed, no incidents, no clashes, no provocations were reported,” she said. “The day has been very busy. This stage is over. No district commissions are counting votes.”
The city election commission received about 40 complaints, more than 90 percent of which proved to be groundless. According to Blago, the turnout of 31.4 percent is not the final figure and may be adjusted. Such a low voter turnout, in her words, is a common Russian tendency. “The tendency is that the turnout is going down on previous elections,” she said. “Maybe, it is a protest against the campaign we had, but such tendencies are seen throughout Russia.” 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.