United Russia will ban the participants in the primaries to be elected to the Duma from other parties


MOSCOW, October 22. The management of “United Russia” will take commitment from participants of inner-party primary elections, scheduled for 22 may not be nominated for election to the Duma from other parties. This was announced on Thursday, the Secretary of the General Council “United Russia” Sergei Neverov.

“If the candidate wins in the primary elections process and invited participation in the elections, he can’t refuse, can’t come from another political party or to go by themselves. It will be”, – said Neverov in the meeting of the faction “United Russia” on forthcoming primaries.

According to the MP, the party has already encountered a situation when after the primaries of their party stated that he changed his mind and is going to participate in the election from the other parties. “But throughout this period he worked with us, got some support, promotion, and then decides”, – said Neverov.

According to the leader of the faction “United Russia” in the state Duma Vladimir Vasiliev, the primaries have become a basic element of multi-party democracy. The MP indicated that “procedure of inner-party voting is carried out openly, in an honest competitive struggle”. “Due to internal party vote, we have expanded their talent pool, has opened up opportunities for political activities to the people who are actively expressing public opinion,” he added.

The leader of the Duma United Russia party members recalled that United Russia was the first party that introduced the primaries. “The development of the institution of preliminary voting has begun since 2006, when on the eve of elections to the State Duma developed a manual on forming personnel reserve of the party, which regional offices have begun the selection of candidates. This personnel reserve was formed the list of candidates for Duma elections of 2007”, – said Vasilyev. In 2009 the primaries was approved by the Congress party and became the statutory norm.

Elections to the state Duma of the seventh convocation will be held on 18 September 2016 under a mixed system. Half (225) of deputies will be elected in single-mandate constituencies, half by party lists.

The list of their candidates

Secretary of the party’s General Council Sergei Neverov said that United Russia will adopt a list of their candidates to the Duma on the Congress in June, given the outcome of intra-party primaries.

The primaries will be held on 22 may at the territory of Russia, they will be secret and rating. This means that each voter can vote for one candidate, but for multiple in each list. According to Neverov, it will allow the party leadership to identify a few opinion leaders.

“The final protocols will be approved by the regional organizing Committee and sent to the Federal organizing Committee. The Federal organizing Committee will prepare the final list of candidates by regional groups and single-member constituencies, which will be introduced for consideration by Congress (the second stage of the Congress of “United Russia” – approx.)”, – said Neverov.

“The second phase of the Congress will be with us in June. As soon as the presidential decree on holding elections to the state Duma, they will be assigned the date of the second stage of the Congress, which approved the list of candidates in single-mandate constituencies and groups. The candidates of the party will be nominated solely on the basis of preliminary voting”, – said the Secretary of the General Council.

Earlier, the “United Russia” has prepared draft regulations on the conduct of the primaries. According to the document, candidates who wish to participate in the preliminary vote, will be required to meet certain requirements. In particular, they must be clean before the law (they should not even be extinguished criminal records), candidates have no right to possess foreign citizenship or residence permit abroad, and have assets abroad. Elections to the state Duma of the seventh convocation will be held on 18 September 2016 under a mixed system. Half (225) of deputies will be elected in single-mandate constituencies, half by party lists.