Small parties have proposed to exclude from presidential race

The deputies of the LDPR faction in the Duma introduced a bill that enshrines the right to nominate a candidate for President of Russia, only those parties that have been in the Parliament after the September elections. The corresponding document is available in the electronic database of the lower house of the Russian Parliament on Monday, 6 February.

According to representatives of the liberal democratic party, a large number of political movements in the lists may confuse voters. “And among those political parties and so-called phony”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

The authors of the bill believe that only parliamentary parties have sufficient experience of participation in election campaigns and “may carry political responsibility.”

“The adoption of the Federal law will allow this in Russia election campaign, which will promote the more efficient, preferred and responsible choice by voters of a candidate for the office of President”, — the document says.

Under current law to nominate candidates for the presidency have the right to all political parties, however, unparliamentary for registration of the candidate should be collected in support of a candidate 100 thousand signatures of voters. The minimum number of signatures for independent candidates — 300 thousand.

On 4 February, the leader of the liberal Democrats Vladimir Zhirinovsky has declared its intention to participate in presidential elections in 2018.

Elections to the state Duma took place on 18 September 2016. “United Russia” has received 343 mandate, the Communist party — 42, LDPR — 39, “Fair Russia” — 23. In one place the party “Rodina” and “Civic platform”. None of the so-called small party is not in Parliament.