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446 candidates plan to participate in elections to Moscow parliament

July 11, 2014, 12:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
For the first time for the past eleven years, the elections will be based on the majority approach
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MOSCOW, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow’s elections commission has received documents from 446 candidates, nominated for participation in the elections to the Moscow City Duma, and over 60 of those have been registered already, head of the Moscow Elections Commission, Valentin Gorbunov, told ITAR-TASS on Friday. At the end of the business day on Friday the city’s local commissions will stop receiving lists with signatures in support of candidates applying for registration.

Representatives of twelve of 17 political parties, who are self-nominees, are to collect the required number of signatures in their support. The requirement is not for the parties represented at the federal parliament (the State Duma) - United Russia, CPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation), A Just Russia and LDPR (Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia). Candidates of the Yabloko party also do not have to collect signatures as at the recent parliamentary elections the party gained over three percent of the vote. Candidates from other parties and self-nominees should collect signatures from three percent of the constituency.

On Thursday, July 10, the Moscow election commission received documents from 166 candidates, and over 40 filed the lists with signatures.

“About 10 candidates from different political parties and having different views are ready to run for one mandate, thus, I believe, it will be a battle,” head of the city’s election commission, Valentin Gorbunov, said earlier.

As the lists with signatures are filed, the election commissions are to check them within ten days and to present a decision whether or not the candidate is registered. Thus, a list of registered candidates in the city’s 45 precincts should be published by July 21. Within next ten days the candidates may argue decisions of local commissions, thus a final list of candidates should be available by early August.

The elections to the Moscow City Duma of the sixth convocation are due on the Single Voting Day on September 14. For the first time for the past eleven years, the elections will be based on the majority approach. Since 1993, the elections to the Moscow City Duma were based on that approach, but since 2013 the scheme was different: half deputies were elected in one-seat precincts, and the other deputies were elected from parties’ lists. In January, the city parliament decided to return to the elections on the majority basis.

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