Communist Party candidate Valery Bespalov demands to exclude five parties from election race
Penza, 30 August 2012. PenzaNews. Claims for cancellation the registration of five parties (Democratic Party of Russia, People’s Party of Russia, Russian Party of Pensioners, Russian Communists and Russian Ecological Party “The Greens”) for the elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Penza region were directed to the regional court at the initiative of Valery Bespalov, the Communist Party candidate for the regional parliament, on Thursday, August 30.
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“The reason for the cancellation of registration of these parties is a violation of the rules for the nomination process. Under the legislation, the regional list of candidates nominated by an electoral association should be divided into oblast part and regional part, consisting of the regional groups corresponding to the territory of one or more single-member constituencies. These five parties joined the constituencies which do not border each other into one regional group of candidates though it is not allowed,” Valery Bespalov explained during the briefing, which was held at the press center of news agency “PenzaNews.”
“The number of regional groups of the regional list of candidates for the Legislative Assembly is determined by the electoral association which nominated the regional list of candidates and it cannot be less than one-half of the number of single-member constituencies, that is, at least nine regional groups,” he added.
According to Valery Bespalov, these violations should be sufficient basis for cancellation the registration of the five electoral groups.
He also reminded that the electoral dispute had to be resolved under the accelerated procedure and added that Penza Regional Court had to make a decision within five days following the submission of the required documents.
“We hope the decision of the Court will be precise and objective,” he concluded.
Elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Penza region of the fifth convocation will be held in the region on October 14, 2012. The election will be held on a mixed system: 18 deputies will be elected based on party lists, the other 18 — in single-seat constituencies.
Regional Election Commission assured the lists submitted by 11 political parties and movements which included 349 people and the data of 82 candidates nominated in single-seat constituencies.