MOSCOW, November 19. The Bureau of the Supreme Council of United Russia discussed preparations for the holding of primary elections (primaries) for candidates for election to the state Duma and the rotation of the governing bodies of the party. This was reported TASS the press service of United Russia.
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At the meeting “discussed issues related to the preparation of the upcoming XV Congress of the party”, have informed in a press-service.
In particular, clarified that the members of the Bureau discussed the draft provisions on the conduct of primaries for the Duma elections, which was presented at the joint meeting of the Higher and General party councils on 15 October and sent to regional offices to gather suggestions.
“The Chairman of the High Council Boris Gryzlov has invited all to participate in discussions and make proposals to the draft law”, – noted in press service.
“Also, the Bureau discussed the forthcoming rotation of the governing bodies of the party and work on policy documents,” – said the press service.
The Bureau activates the
In the office, performing the role of Central body of the party consists of including the heads of the upper and lower chambers of Parliament Valentina Matvienko and Sergei Naryshkin, Secretary of the party’s General Council Sergei Neverov, head of the faction “United Russia” in the state Duma Vladimir Vasiliev, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
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The period of campaigning in the primaries “United Russia” will be in March-April 2016
As reported by the media, the last time the Bureau of the High Council were gathered in 2012.
As explained a source in the party, since 2012, “the Bureau worked – many decisions were made in absentia”.
Now, according to him, the Bureau intends to intensify its work and will begin to hold meetings on a monthly basis.
At the meeting on Thursday “agreed that the Bureau would more actively together in such a powerful format,” said the Agency interlocutor.
“The meetings will be held every month since December,” he said.
The order of primaries
The primaries will be held on 22 may at the territory of Russia, they will be secret and rating.
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This means that each voter can vote for one candidate, but for multiple in each list.
The party leadership hopes that this will allow you to identify a few opinion leaders.
According to the draft provisions on the conduct of the primaries, 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 assets abroad.
Elections to the state Duma
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.