On March 18 the Russians will elect a President from eight candidates

MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS./ CEC finished registration of candidates on a post of the President of the Russian Federation. In the ballots that voters will receive on March 18, 2018, will appear the names of eight candidates.

Seven of them nominated by political parties, acting President Vladimir Putin is running as self-nominated candidates.

Registration is completed

On Thursday, the Central election Commission put an end to a tense stage of the election campaign, which resulted in the formation of the final list of contenders for the highest office.

Officially, the campaign was launched on 18 December last year with the publication of the decision of the Federation Council on the appointment of elections. Since then, the time to participate in the presidential race were a number of mandatory procedures: the nomination for the Congress of parties and initiative groups of voters, the surrender necessary for the nomination documents to the CEC, the registration of authorised and trusted persons entitled to act on behalf of the candidate during the campaign, the collection of voter signatures and, finally, the registration itself.

From several dozens applicants, initially announced its intention to join the fight for the post of President till the stage of submission of documents for registration came in the end only 17. Two of them – the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the Communist party nominee, businessman Pavel Grudinin – as the candidates represented in the Duma parties were registered without fee in their support of voter signatures. The other staffs collected the autographs of citizens – not less than 100 thousand representatives of non-parliamentary parties and at least 300 million for independent candidates.

As a result, to submit to the CEC a complete package of documents required for registration, of which are six candidates: independent candidate Vladimir Putin, nominated by parties Ksenia Sobchak, Grigory Yavlinsky, Boris Titov, Sergei Baburin, and Maxim suraykin. All of them – and this is unprecedented in the Russian electoral practice, successfully passed the validation stage of the autographs (no one was identified more than 5% of marriage in signatures) and received the certificates of candidates.

According to political analyst Pavel Danilin, the fact that all passed signatures successfully passed the registration, is a “positive signal of the electoral system”. “No limits for those who reached the stage of registration and collection of signatures, no. And the signature was verified loyal as much as possible, it was not the desire in a special way for someone to dismiss or to “fill up” – he explained TASS. According to experts, this was the result of systemic reforms “to create an open, competitive electoral system”, which was first held in 2012.

Ballot paper

At the session the CEC registered the last of the submitted documents of candidates Sobchak and suraykin. After completing the registration process, the CEC immediately approved and the text of the ballot, which will get came to the polls, Russians. He had to do so not later than 21 February, but solved this problem almost two weeks earlier.

By law, the names of the candidates must be listed in the Bulletin in alphabetical order. Thus, the list of contenders for the presidency will look like the following:

  • Baburin Sergey Nikolaevich (the”Russian people’s Union”),
  • Grudinin Pavel (Communist party),
  • Zhirinovsky Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR),
  • Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich (self),
  • Sobchak Kseniya A. (“Civil initiative”),
  • Maxim Suraykin A. (“Communists Of Russia”),
  • Titov Boris Yuryevich (the Party of growth),
  • Yavlinsky, Grigory Alexeyevich (“Apple”).

Opposite the name of each candidate is contained in his curriculum vitae: date of birth, place of residence, place of work, position, party membership, and the nomination form for the election.

So, Putin disclosed the following information: 1952 year of birth, place of residence – Moscow; President of the Russian Federation; self-promotion. “All clear on the law, he’s just a position is called short, and all long. It so happened, nothing more to write,” explained the brevity of the CEC Chairman, Ella Pamfilova. She also added that the wording was consistent with all the candidates.

Putin is the only candidate among the candidates, all the other nominated parties. Sobchak was the only woman who reached the final stage of the campaign.

Theoretically, the number of candidates may be reduced, but this will happen only if one of them decides to withdraw from the elections, or the party that nominated them decides to withdraw the candidate, which she would have to hold the Congress. It can be done no less than five days before election day, in exceptional cases, a candidate may apply not later than March 16.

The CEC also approved the text of the Bulletin for the complexes of processing of ballots (Cohiba). In the upper right corner it will give you space to print the precinct election Commission. A newsletter from another site COHIBA will not accept.

Deputy Chairman of the Central election Commission Nikolai Bulaev reminded that ballot paper processing systems will be used in 81 region of almost 12 thousand plots. According to forecasts by the CEC on the plots with the use of Cohiba can vote about 30 million people. In addition, on 806 sites will be used complexes of electronic voting (Kesi).

Ballots for early voting, which will take place in remote areas, in sailing vessels, polar stations, as well as some foreign stations, should be ready not later than February 25 to vote on 18 March – not later than March 7.

In 10 regions, the ballots will be printed in Russian and national languages.

Summing up registration, Pamfilova wished all candidates to campaign with dignity and respect for each other. “I want all of them to wish success to the campaign was conducted with dignity for all, respect each other, respect for our voters, as open and fair,” she said, wishing that “every man in his place did so not to shame, because our country deserves elections a high level.”

Next stage

From 17 February, the election campaign begins campaigning in the media. During the month candidates and their representatives will try to bring the points of their programmes to voters and get them on Board.

CEC 13 Feb hold the draw allocation of airtime for campaigning between the presidential candidates and their parties. The draw for the allocation of print space for publication of election propaganda materials in national periodicals will be held on February 15.

Free airtime for campaigning candidates must provide five state TV channels: “Russia 1” “Russia 24” First channel “TV Center” and Public television of Russia (OTR), three radio stations: “Radio Rossii”, “Mayak” and “Vesti FM”, 14 Newspapers and magazines. In the list of printing presses, in addition to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” and “Parlamentskaya Gazeta” quite a lot of publications that have the status of national, but published in the regions. In particular, we are talking about Newspapers in Bashkiria, Baikal region, Chuvash Republic.

As explained by the Secretary of the CEC, Maya Grishina, agitation free of charge, will start from February 19. But candidates have the right to campaign for the money, it should be paid from the funds of their electoral funds, the total amount not exceeding 400 million rubles.

Over the campaign period, on 17 March, when Russia entered a so-called day of silence before elections.

No later than March 7 of the party that nominated candidates shall publish its election program.

Survey data

The surveys of citizens conducted by the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM), testify that, by the end of January – beginning of February, nearly 80% (79.3 per cent) of respondents expressed a willingness to participate in the presidential elections. In the period from early January to early February, this index remains in a narrow range of 78.5% to 81.3 per cent, VTSIOM indicates.

According to the head of practice of political analysis and consulting VTSIOM Mikhail Mamonov, this level of declared activity is “extremely high.” “The high level of declared participation suggests that this behavior is socially approved. This is a significant factor in mobilizing voters,” he said.

With regard to the preferences of voters over 71% of Russians polled by VTSIOM said that it was ready to vote for Putin.