Vladimir Agaev, a columnist for RIA Novosti
Saturday, August 12, Russia has started the phase of election campaign in mass media at the regional and municipal elections on the single voting day on September 10. On this day the country held a thousand elections of different levels — from heads of constituent entities of the Russian Federation to the heads of municipalities and deputies of representative bodies of local self-government. There will also be more than 200 referendums.
Now registered candidates had the opportunity to openly fight for their constituents, addressing them from the TV screens and newspaper pages. According to the head of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova, in early August, the election Commission began to conduct a draw among the candidates for the distribution of printed venues and airtime.
The state Duma will join the ranks
In two single-mandate constituencies held by-election of deputies to the lower house of the Federal Legislative Assembly to replace the retired parliamentarians. Former speaker of the state Duma, member of “United Russia” from Kingiseppskoe district Sergei Naryshkin in October of last year was appointed head of the foreign intelligence Service and former Deputy from the Bryansk district, also United Russia Vladimir Shutenkov, this June has voluntarily resigned, deciding to return to work on their own farms.
The mandate previously owned Utenkova, will fight ten candidates from different parties, including “Home”, “Party of Growth”, “Apple” and other. In place Naryshkin claimed nine candidates.
In June, the Duma was formed, another vacancy — 17 June died the member of Parliament, former head of the city of Saratov Oleg Grishchenko, who was elected from Saratov single-mandate district. However, the period of appointment of the elections on the single voting day by the time expired and now they will be later. Plenary session of the state Duma of the Russian Federation
The parade of governors
Elections of heads of subjects of the Russian Federation in the current September will be held in 16 regions. Governors will be elected in the Perm region, nine regions and Sevastopol. In addition, the election of heads of the five republics.
For example, in the Sverdlovsk region Governor was nominated 11 candidates, but only six of them were registered as candidates. Five have not submitted the necessary documents, one Ivan Volkov did not overcome the municipal filter. It is the difficulty of overcoming this filter has explained his exit from the race the mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman, nominated from the party “Yabloko”. According to him, to collect the required number of signatures of deputies of the current “non-system” candidate is almost beyond the power.
A similar picture has emerged in Sevastopol, where ten candidates official candidates for Governor were only five. Among those who received a refusal to register, a political veteran, as a former long-term Deputy of the USSR and RSFSR, the leader of some political parties and movements Sergei Baburin put forward by the nationalist Russian people’s Union.
The head of the “Russian national Union” Sergey Baburin Baburinsky
In the Republic of Adygea direct election of the head of the Russian Federation will not take place. Deputies of the state Council-Khase on March 23, 2016, canceled national elections, setting a new procedure of appointing the head of the Republic. Now the parties present their candidacies for consideration to the President of Russia. It defines three candidates from which the local Parliament chooses the head of the Republic by secret ballot. Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Adygea also will choose a new leader in a single day of voting.
From the Caucasus to Kamchatka
In six republics, territories and regions of the 20 September elections to the parliaments of the subjects of the Russian Federation. Your legislative Assembly will form in North Ossetia-Alania, Udmurtia, Krasnodar, Penza, Saratov and Sakhalin regions. In total, voters will choose by 309 deputies.
In the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will take place elections of the mayor of Yakutsk. And 11 in the republics, territories and regions, the voters will vote for deputies of representative bodies of the administrative centres of subjects of Russia. They will be held in Gorno-Altaysk, Cherkessk, Barnaul, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Vladivostok, Kirov, Kursk, Omsk, Pskov, Tver and Yaroslavl.
Overall across the country in a single day of voting will be held over five thousand elections of heads of municipalities and deputies of representative bodies of local self-government.
A resident of Omsk in one of the polling stations in a single day of golosovaniya one of the polling stations in a single day of voting
To solve the citizens
More than two hundred referendums that will be held on September 10 across the country, will be dedicated to various issues. For example, in the Republic of Karelia will be held four referendums. The inhabitants of the white sea area will say “Yes” or “no” to the construction of a refinery, the inhabitants of the Kem district will decide the fate of a sea port in the pitkäranta district will be determined with the merger of the two schools, and in the Olonets district with the reopening of the theater. In Komsomolsky district, Chuvash Republic held a referendum on the question of the transformation of the village Ursaevo in the same village.
However, most referenda in a number of municipal areas will be devoted to the self-taxation of citizens. That is, one-off payments to address specific problems of local importance.
Absentee ballots remain in the past
This year for the first time applied a new procedure for inclusion of citizens in the electoral lists at the place of actual residence, and not at the place of permanent residence. Absentee ballots often associated with “carousel” and other election fraud thing of the past. From July 26 to twenty regions of the country where the elections of the higher officials and deputies of Legislative assemblies of subjects of the Russian Federation, voters can apply for their introduction in the electoral lists where they really will be on election day.
In other regions still are absentee ballots.