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Penza young adults make selfies with ex-governor Vasily Bochkarev

13:17 | 13.09.2015 | Politics

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Penza, 13 September 2015. PenzaNews. Several young adults shot selfies with the former Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev who led the region from 1998 to May 25, 2015. They took the opportunity during the September 13 gubernatorial election.

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Based on the backgrounds of the selfies, they were shot at the election station No. 115 in the Akhuny residential area school No. 19 on Yagodnaya street.

“We have these photos as well. One-of-a-kind, don’t you agree! The ex-governor V.K. Bochkarev takes part in choosing the region’s future! And the youth gets it!” reads a tagline to one of the two photos published by the user “Lerochka_kiselyova” in Instagram.

16 users have already liked the photo.

As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, September 13 is the day of the Penza region gubernatorial election, as well as special elections of deputies for local government bodies of several municipalities.

All 1,105 polling stations in the Penza region for the gubernatorial election opened at 8.00. They will remain operational until 20.00, at which point vote counting will begin.

The five officially registered candidates for the Penza region gubernatorial election are Vladimir Simagin (CPRF), Zhigansha Tuktarov (LDPR), Ivan Belozertsev (United Russia), Gennady Yeroshin (“A Just Russia”) and Vladimir Popkov (“Rodina”).

According to the Penza region Ministry of the Interior department, some 1,500 police officers will protect the public peace during the unified election day.

The Penza region election committee estimates the voter turnout for the gubernatorial election at 45-50%. However, as no minimum turnout level was set beforehand, the election will be deemed valid regardless of the eventual constituent turnout.

As of 18.00 of Saturday, September 12, the electoral registers of the Penza region include a total of 1,085,392 persons.

The previous public gubernatorial election in the Penza region were held in 2002, 13 years ago, when Vasily Bochkarev won the vote and went over for the second term, leaving behind his closest competitor Victor Ilyukhin, State Duma deputy for the Communist Party.

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