Friday, March 1, 2024

The Russian Electoral Commission has rejected opposition candidate Boris Nadezhdin from running in the election

Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) today rejected the opposition’s registration of Boris Nadezhdin, the only candidate promoting peace in Ukraine, due to the errors detected in the signatures he presented to run in the presidential elections in March.

“I do not agree with the decision of the Electoral Commission. (…) I will appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia,” Nadezhdin said on his Telegram channel.

The CEC rules presented by Nadezhdin require 95,587 valid signatures when I needed 100,000 to register your candidacy because you have the support of a party without parliamentary representation (Citizen Initiative).

The commission established that the opponent’s team committed form errors where eleven dead souls appeared when using old databases.

“You should not cross the border where dead people appear on lists in favor of candidates,” said Nikolai Buláev, deputy head of the CEC, during the session held in central Moscow.

In addition, he warned Nadezhdin that the commission never lost a case before the Supreme Court in the four times where the candidates appealed the decision of the electoral authority.

Meanwhile, in the case of the president, Vladimir Putin, commission officials found only 91 invalid signatures, allowing him to run for re-election on March 17.

For his part, Nadezhdin stressed that his team has collected more than 200,000 signatures across Russia.

“We do the collection iopenly and honestly Everyone can see the queues in front of our electoral headquarters and our offices,” he said on Telegram.

A few hours before, he assured in statements on social networks that “if he had a rating of 1-2%” and not 15-20%, he would not have had a problem participating in the election.

Nadezhdin’s signature collection campaign became the first large-scale and legal demonstration of rejection of the war since the start of the competition in February 2022.

The opposition accused Putin of doing everything possible to prevent the participation of the candidate for peace because he feared that it would bring all those who were dissatisfied not only with the war but with the authoritarian drift of the Kremlin.

In this regard, the presidential spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, limited himself to ensuring that the commission was able to do its job, which consisted of demanding respect for the current regulations.

The CEC registered four candidates: Putin; the communist Nikolai Kharitonov; the ultranationalist Leonid Slutski; and the representative of the New People, Vladislav Davankov.

Although he assured the public that he would not do so, Putin changed the Constitution in 2020 to run for re-election, something he could do again in six years and, in this way, remain in the Kremlin until 2036.

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