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NOVOSIBIRSK, April 07 /ITAR-TASS/. Anatoly Lokot, candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, is in the lead in Novosibirsk mayorals. According to the city electoral commission, as of 04:05, local time, the ballot papers were processed at all the polling stations.
Lokot polled 43.75 percent of the vote while his main rival Vladimir Znatko, member of the United Russia party and acting Mayor of Novosibirsk, gained 39.57 percent of the vote.
The other candidates polled as follows:
Vladimir Anisimov (Russian Cities) 3.25 percent;
Anatoly Kubanov ("A Just Russia") 2.19 pct;
Yevgeny Loginov (Russian Breakthrough movement) 3.36 pct;
Sergei Ovchinnikov (The Russian Party of People’s Governance) 0.42 pct;
Dmitry Savelyev (LDPR) 2.42 pct;
Roman Starikov ("Communists of Russia) 0.84 pct;
Alexander Tarkov (The Working Russia) 0.59 pct;
Sergei Troitsky (Against All movement) 1.07 pct;
Alexei Yuzhanin (The Party of Russia’s Spiritual Transformation) 0.54 pct.
Found invalid were 2.01 percent of ballot-papers.
Running for the position of the head of Russia's largest municipal unit were eleven candidates, including acting Mayor of Novosibirsk Vladimir Znatkov. Pensioner Yevgeny Loginov, representing the Russian Breakthrough movement, was the only self-nominated candidate.
Early mayoral elections in Novosibirsk were set after VladimirGorodetsky, has held the post since the year 2000, resigned his powers on January 9 ahead of time, and became vice-governor of the region.