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Election campaign in Russia

October 04, 2011, 11:56 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, October 4 (Itar-Tass) — Russian regions are completing the nomination of candidates to local legislative assemblies. The polls in 27 Russian provinces are due on December 4, timed with the federal elections. United Russia, the Communists and the Liberal Democratic Party are trying to exploit the pooling of federal and regional election, while other parties pin hopes on winning in certain provinces or areas. The parties represented in parliament enjoy incentives in nominating their candidates, the "Kommersant" notes. This enabled United Russia, the KPRF, the LDPR and Just Russia to list their candidates in all the 27 provinces. Their regional campaigns lean on the federal one, using the same propaganda techniques and candidates, the newspaper writes. Timing so many regional election with the federal parliamentary elections was conceived by United Russia, so that regional voters tick off two ballot papers at once: the federal and the regional. In a number of provinces, the top part of the federal list fully coincides with the regional one, with a governor simultaneously leading the local list of candidates at the federal parliamentary and regional elections. LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky acts as a federal "locomotive" for the regional branches of his party. He tops all its lists at regional elections, except Ingushetia. The requirements for other leaders on the list are: at least five years of LDPR membership, higher education, and no criminal record. The Communists' requirements include mandatory presence of the first of the secretary of the Party's local branch, a person under 35 ears of age, preferably a lawyer or economist. Just Russia, Yabloko, Patriots of Russia and Right Cause hope to win at least in some places, the newspaper notes. Just Russia has been paying more attention to regional elections than the federal ones. In St Petersburg, Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov will personally lead the Party at the elections. He will rival Grigory Yavlinsky who heads the regional list of the Yabloko Party.

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