Election comm failed to find grounds for cancellation of district No. 7 election results
Penza, 28 January 2015. PenzaNews. Alfiya Pantsyreva, representative of the election commission of Penza, could not state the reasons for cancellation of election results to the City Duma of the sixth convocation in district No. 7, where the court has earlier decided to hold a recount at the polling stations No. 32 and No. 33.
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The meeting held in Oktyabrsky district court of Penza on Wednesday, January 28, was attended by representatives of “United Russia” and the Liberal Democratic Party, the Duma candidates, as well as members of three polling station election commissions, territorial election commissions and the city election commission.
Judge Natalia Polovinko asked for clarification of demands made by the election commission of Penza.
“State the grounds for cancellation of the election results,” she said, referring to Alfiya Pantsyreva.
Having received no clear answer, Natalia Polovinko announced that the preliminary hearing is moved for Monday, February 2.
“Let us not waste time of the court and the parties,” she said.
Commenting on the behavior of Alfiya Pantsyreva, Lyudmila Kolomytseva, who lost two votes to Vasily Zhuravlev from “United Russia,” suggested that the city election commission is “simply deaf to the words of the judge.”
“Apparently, they were not ready for the meeting. Do they have all the reasons — those reasons that are stated in the law on election cancellation? I believe they do not. The law clearly states: violation of the candidates that caused inability to determine the will of the voters. There are no reasons to cancel the election results. For the cancellation of a recount and cancellation of the results, there were, but they, I believe, went over the deadline,” she said.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, on September 15, it became known that the election commission of Penza addressed the court with a petition on partial cancellation of the election results in district No. 7 — due to the questionable validity of ballots.
According to the regional election commission, in district No. 7 Vasily Zhuravlev (“United Russia”) gained 46,59% votes of citizens who came to the polls, Lyudmila Kolomytseva (self-nominated) — 46,52%, Anton Ishchenko (LDPR) — 2,15%, Timur Yusupov (Russian Party of National Control) — 1,64%.
The difference between the two closest rivals made only two voices: Vasily Zhuravlev received 1,453 ballots, Lyudmila Kolomytseva — 1,451.
Later it was reported that Lyudmila Kolomytseva expressed disagreement with the results of the vote counting at two polling stations and also sent a petition to the court.