Vote recount at two polling stations in Penza district No. 7 scheduled for February 7-16
Penza, 30 January 2015. PenzaNews. The recount of votes at polling stations No. 32 and No. 33 in district No. 7, where the results of elections in Penza City Duma of the sixth convocation were canceled by the court, will be carried out by PECs during February 7-16, said Nikolai Taktarov, chairman of the Penza regional electoral commission, when commenting for PenzaNews agency.
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“Due to the refusal of the court to clarify its decision of September 22, 2014, Penza election commission has independently developed the procedure for vote recount [...], which will be approved at its meeting no later than February 6. The city election commission, having no other normative document, followed the provisions of the Federal Law “On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in a referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation,” as well as scientific and practical commentary thereto, prepared by the Central Election Commission of Russia. In particular, art. 77 of the federal law on guarantees provides “the recount of collected votes” based on the court's decision,” the head of the regional election commission commented.
Nikolai Taktarov added that when approving the order a recount, the city election commission will appoint the time and place of the procedure, as well as determine other statutory criteria.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, Monday, September 15, it became known that Penza Election Commission sent a request to the court for a partial cancellation of the voting in district No.7 — they questioned the validity of the ballots.
According to the regional election committee, in district No. 7 the votes are distributed as follows: Vasily Zhuravlev (United Russia) — 46,59%, Lyudmila Kolomytseva (self-nominated) — 46,52%, Anton Ishchenko (LDPR) — 2,15% and 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.
During the meeting held on Friday, September 19, it was decided to combine the claims for co-production of one civil case.
On September 22, Oktyabrsky district court of Penza annulled election results to the City Duma of the sixth convocation at the polling stations No. 32 and No. 33, and ordered a recount.
On October 22, the first tier court decision on the case of Vasily Zhuravlev and United Russia party were countered.
On December 11, the court commission on administrative cases reviewed the complaints as well as a request from Elena Kosolapova, a person unrelated to the case. They disagreed with the decision of the Oktyabrsky regional court. All three complaints were left unsatisfied.
Moreover, the court discussion denied the decision of the city election committee to set the date of vote recount for the polling stations No. 32 and No. 33 of the district No. 7.
On December 25, Lyudmila Kolomytseva said the Penza region election committee attempts to delay the recount because they do not want to touch the election lists.