The Duma elections next year will differ a number of innovations – lowered the threshold for political parties, simplified the procedure of their registration, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.
MOSCOW, 25 Dec –. The main political event of the coming year – the election of deputies of the state Duma, said the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the close of the autumn session of the chamber on Friday.
“The main political event of the coming year – the election of deputies of the State Duma. They will differ a number of innovations – lowered the threshold for political parties, simplified the procedure for their registration,” said the speaker.
According to Matvienko, the Federation Council is especially significant return of elections of deputies in majority districts, “which will strengthen regional representation in the State Duma”.
Elections of deputies of the state Duma of the seventh convocation will be held September 18, 2016 in a single day of voting. Elections will be held under a mixed electoral system: of the 450 deputies of the 225 will be elected from party lists under a single Federal district (proportional system), and 225 — in single member constituencies (majoritarian system).
For hit in the Duma by the proportional system, parties need to overcome the 5 % barrier, and the candidates in the constituencies by a simple majority. First, a mixed system was applied in the elections of 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2003.