Unofficial leader of the opposition party Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky and governor of the Irkutsk region Dmitry Mezentsev may fall out of the presidential race . According to unverified information, Russia’s Central Election Commission has exposed a number of violations in the course of their registration, IZVESTIA said.
Thus, some of the lists of signatures collected in support of Yavlinsky’s presidential bid were submitted to the Central Election Commission in copies. It may strip the Yabloko candidate off 20 percent of signature.
Mezentsev may be withdrawn from the race because of a big number of defective signatures. The check of the first 100,000 signatures has exposed as many as 15 percent of such signatures, which means that the man is unlikely to score two million of signatures needed for him to be registered as a candidate for president.
Under Russian laws, the number of invalid signatures is not to exceed five percent. So far, only billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov seems to comply with this requirement, which means he will soon be registered as a presidential candidate.