Victor Kondrashin: We need to vote to make life better
Penza, 18 September 2016. PenzaNews. The member of the Federation Council Committee for Science, Education and Culture - the representative of the Legislative Assembly of the Penza region of the fifth convocation Victor Kondrashin shared his opinion as to why the voting day, September 18, is important.
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“We need to vote to make our life better. We should vote to let the most worthy, professional patriotic people enter the State Duma,” he told reporters after he and his wife Elena put the ballot papers in the ballot box at polling station No. 68, school No. 46, Rossiyskaya Street.
Senator expressed the hope that the elections will be held at a high level, and the residents of the Penza region will support worthy candidates, “who will work not out of fear but out of conscience.”
“So I really want everyone to come to the polls, especially young people. [...] Our young people should vote for their own future, choose those who they trust, who will create the future with their support and active participation,” Victor Kondrashin concluded.
As PenzaNews reported earlier, on September 18, in addition to the State Duma elections, the region holds by-elections of deputies of the Penza City Council in the 17 th and 19 th single-member districts, the election of representatives of the Assembly of Deputies in Kamenka and Serdobsk areas, as well as deputy elections to the local authorities in 19 areas.
During State Duma elections each voter receives two ballots — the federal and single-mandate constituencies. In the first case one may vote for one of 14 parties registered by the CEC. In the second ballot, the voter gives preference to a particular candidate.
“Against all” box is not presented in both ballots. It was abolished in all types of elections in 2006, but then returned during municipal elections in 2014.
The elections will be considered valid with any turnout. In the Penza region it has traditionally been higher than the average in Russia. So, 13 years ago, the turnout in the region during parliamentary elections it was more than 57%, in 2007 about 70%, and in 2011 almost 65%.
According to the election committee of the Penza region, on September 18 the turnout of the first two hours of voting was 9.3%.