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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.
“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.